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3 Quick Tips For Maximizing Space In Small Rooms

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Small spaces can seem complicated when it comes to decorating, even if the building is a custom home. Depending on the room, the type of furniture and the details may vary, but the solutions that help open up the space are similar. A few simple tricks can make a small space look open and comfortable.

Work With Illusions

A simple way to improve the appearance of the space is through measures that trick the eyes and make the space look bigger. Use see-through or transparent furniture to make the space look more open and incorporate floor to ceiling curtains on the windows to close in the space and give the illusion of height and size.

Mirrors are another way to make a small space look larger, but use smaller mirrors to avoid overwhelming the space. A large mirror may be too much in certain spaces.

Select Smaller Furniture

Measure the space carefully and then select furniture that is appropriate for the space. Large furniture will make the space look smaller than it is, so it is important to select furniture that is suitable for the room.

Pick out furniture that will fit comfortably and avoid feeling crowded. For example, select a compact loveseat instead of a large sofa for a small living space or make use of chairs and a small table instead of a couch. The space can still encourage conversation without feeling overwhelming.

Keep Some Open Space

It is better to have fewer pieces of furniture and an open space on the floor than to crowd the space with a large amount of furniture. Take a minimalist approach to decorating a small space to keep it open and comfortable.

A simple way to keep a little extra open space is putting furniture near the walls and keeping one side free of furniture. That will create the appearance of open space without making the design complicated.

A custom home can have small spaces that must be decorated carefully to avoid drawing attention to the fact that the space is limited. Depending on the room, the best way to decorate and enjoy the space will vary, but the basic steps to make the space look comfortable are similar for every room.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com