If you are plagued with a small room and are ready to make that room feel and appear larger take a look at the tips below.

De-clutter: Clutter can make any size room feel small. This goes for wall clutter, trinkets and ‘stuff’ clutter, furniture clutter, etc. Too much on the walls can make the room feel and look smaller. Go for a simpler approach and choose a focal wall, adding frames or artwork there. Everyone has items that they absolutely ‘have’ to display, but there comes a point where it’s too much, especially in a small room. If you can’t part with anything, rotate displaying these items with the seasons, changing them out when you change out your seasonal décor.

Less Furniture: Take a look at the furniture you have in the room and decide whether it is all absolutely necessary. Could you do some cleaning and remove a dresser or cabinet? Or could you move those storage pieces into a closet so you aren’t losing the storage but creating more space in that room? Smaller dressers can fit quite nicely in typical 2 door closets, still leaving plenty of space for hanging clothes. If considering a living room, it’s best to have one larger couch than multiple pieces.

Wall Storage & Hidden Storage: Removing storage pieces that sit on the ground and replacing with wall storage will add the perception of a bigger space. Wall storage such as shelves or small horizontal cabinets are an easy way to create more storage (moderation is key or it will also clutter the room). Would you rather place pieces of art on the walls? Try hidden storage pieces such as coffee tables and ottomans that open. This trick will also allow for you to remove cluttering pieces of small storage furniture.

Light Colored Paint: It’s a known fact in the world of interior design that dark colors make a room feel and look smaller. If you are trying to make the room appear larger, choose a lighter colored paint. To take it a step further, choose cool lighter colors rather than warm tones. This could include a range of blues and greens and cool grays and whites.

Light colored floors: Piggybacking on the point above, lighter colored floors are another way to create the perception of a larger room. Lighter floor colors such as oak or birch laminate or hardwood and lighter colored rugs such as tans, grays, and white/cream are all good options.

There are many ways to create the perception of a larger room. Above are just a few. Be mindful of the type of room you are trying to make feel larger. You can try just one or try them all together but they are sure to do the trick.

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Some people think that bigger is better even when it comes to buying a home. Before you buy the biggest house your budget allows you may want to consider if the size of the home is what will make you a happy homeowner. Besides the size of the home there are many other factors to consider, here are a few things you may want to think about when buying:

Your Commute

Often times a bigger home is one that has a longer commute. So would you choose a bigger home over a shorter commute? When considering a longer commute most home buyers significantly underestimate the negatives of a long commute like high stress levels, poorer health, and less active social lives.  Swiss economists, Bruno Frey and Alois Stutzer coined what they call “the commuters paradox”. They found that someone with a one-hour commute must earn 40% more money than someone who walks to work to be as satisfied with life.

Community

Another thing that can affect buyer satisfaction is the quality of a surrounding community Think about the community your home would be in. Is it a subdivision? Do you have to drive to get places? How far away are neighbors or stores? Walkable communities have more active residents, they are better for the environment and help us save money too. Studies have shown residents of a walkable neighborhood on average weigh 6 to 10 pounds less than someone in a car-dependent one.

Walkable neighborhoods also give us more opportunities for social interaction. The more neighbors walk around the more involved they are in the community. Ultimately the more community involvement the happier people are.

 

 

 

 

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