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13 Interior Design Ideas That Make Your Home Feel Huge
Even if your abode is so small and cluttered that it feels less like a house and more like a rabbit warren, there is help. And it is here, in the form of smart, eminently doable expert fixes that make mini square footage seem like a Real Housewives–style McMansion (but in a really good way).
Just because you have a small room does not mean your furniture needs to be tiny too. Forget that love seat option—always buy the regular-size sofa! It will not only be more comfortable, but it can also have the effect of making the room feel larger. "—Nate Berkus
"Use linen sheers on your windows to create a dreamy space to let the light in. It's an automatic fix for cramped, stuffy areas." —Tami Ramsay and Krista Nye Schwartz, interior designers
Papering one wall is much more affordable than doing an entire room, and also creates the illusion of more open space. "Using a wide stripe or a bold pattern on a single wall of a small space makes it seem bigger," says interior designer Sam Allen. "It instantly adds height to your room, because your eyes are drawn upward. Doing it on just one wall creates an impact that would be lost if it were done on all of the room's walls."
"Basically, the higher the bed, the more physical and visual space it's taking up," says Orlando Soria, West Coast creative director of Homepolish. "A lower bed will make your bedroom appear larger and more open."
If your living room often subs as your guest room and/or dining room, consider using tray tables as a coffee table or end table, says Callie Jenschke, an interior designer and partner at Supply in Austin, TX. "Fold them up and stow them away when you don't need them," she suggests. Here are three that would look fabulous anywhere.
Clean-lined:Tall butler tray stand, 9, and tray, ; .
Cottage-y:Adirondack wooden tray table, 9; llbean.com.
The tinier the space, the darker you can go. "There's the idea that dark colors—especially on walls—can shrink a room," says Berkus. "But done right, they can make it feel grander. I particularly love a dark wallpaper for a tiny powder room, or a charcoal wall for a cozy bedroom."
"It sounds counterintuitive," says Lemieux, "but a white ceiling acts as a fifth wall: It makes the room feel smaller." Whether you choose a light or dark ceiling color is up to you. Lemieux prefers deep tones, while Kate Burger, an interior designer and founder of East End Home Co., likes quieter ones: "They create an airy effect."
"This is what we call the jewel-box effect," says interior designer Elizabeth Bolognino. Highlighting these lines adds dimension to a space, making it feel more defined and therefore larger.
It's one of the oldest and easiest decorator's tricks: using mirrors to give the illusion of space. "A wall of mirrors certainly enlarges small rooms, as does a grouping of decorative mirrors in a cluster," says Jason Grant, author and stylist. "Fill your wall with mismatched mirrors to catch the light and reflect it."
Consider leaning a single tall rectangular mirror against a wall. "Tall shapes that reach toward the ceiling will elongate and extend your space, Grant says." Three options we love:
Boho:Smoke blue floor mirror, 0; .
Stately:Abbysom Living Cosmo floor mirror, 5; overstock.com.
Natural:LAXseries mirror by Mash Studios, 0; allmodern.com.
"They get the job done without adding visual clutter," says interior designer Elaine Griffin.
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