August 30, 2013

8 Tricks to Expand a Small Space

From hanging floor-to-ceiling curtains to using mirrors strategically, find out how to make a small room look bigger by tricking the eye with these design tips. See more ways to make the most of a small space.

1. Window Treatments
Hang curtain rods and draperies at the ceiling to make the room feel taller.

2. Furniture
Pick furnishings made of glass, Lucite, or Plexiglas, which seem to disappear.

3. Walls
Give walls and floors the stripe treatment to expand the sense of space.

4. Lighting
Place lighting judiciously to bounce your eye around a room.

5. Architecture
Wallpaper or paint can bring a sense of architecture to walls — without wasting even a half-inch of floor space.

6. Hidden Details

Hidden door hardware like touch latches and recessed pulls make closets and doors invisible.

7. Artwork
Use art to fake a view or distract from architectural flaws.

8. Mirrors
Use mirrors and reflective finishes, from bed frames to side tables, to create a vista, bring light into dark spaces, and create faux doorways or windows, all of which make a room seem bigger.

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