How To Make Small Rooms Feel Larger

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Home Stager with Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA

As a professional home stager in Pasadena and Los Angeles, one of my primary jobs is to make smaller homes feel larger, or at least, feel as large as they really are.


Here's a list of my tips for making a small home feel larger. You can use these tips whether you are staging your home to sell or if you are planning to stay, but just need some help dealing with smaller rooms. These tips will work with either vacant or occupied homes:

  • Pare down what you need to have in a smaller room to the essentials. Do you really need a chair in your bedroom, or can you sit on the bed to put your shoes on?

  • Clutter makes a room feel smaller. Lots of smaller items, like your Hummel collection or your bowling trophies displayed on every horizontal surface, eat up visual space. Only display 3-5 items at a time. Store the rest and rotate them out of storage throughout the year. Not only will the room feel larger, but each item displayed will stand out more.

  • Use fewer pieces of furniture. Its better to have one larger dresser than 2 smaller ones.

  • Use appropriately sized furniture. Having a large sectional in a small family room will highlight how small the room is.

  • Cooler colors recede, so painting a room a pale blue, green or gray will make it feel larger.

  • Show more hardwood. The larger the expanse of hardwood, the larger the room will look. See how the room looks without an area rug.

  • Try using one larger area rug instead of several smaller rugs.

  • Use fewer patterns on upholstery and bedding. For instance, use a solid color blanket or bedspread on a bed in a small bedroom to make the room feel larger.

  • Strategically placed mirrors make a room feel larger.

  • A well lit room feels larger.

  • Minimize window treatments. The simpler the better. Shutters, blinds or simple drapes (no flounces, ruffles, strong patterns or complicated valences) take up less "visual space".

These home staging tips work if you are staging to sell or just want to make the home you are living in feel larger.

If you need some help figuring out how to make your home feel larger, consider hiring us for a home staging consultation. You'll get some expert home staging and interior design tips from the Real Estate Staging Association 2010 Professional Stager of the Year. Prices start at $250 for a verbal consultation or $350 for a comprehensive written consultation. Its the best "bang for your buck" and it's a great investment in preparing your home for sale, or making your home more livable if you are planning to stay.

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Michelle has staged hundreds of Los Angeles homes, many of which have sold with multiple offers, above listing price.

She works with home sellers, listing agent, builders, flippers and asset managers to prepare homes for sale throughout Los Angeles and North Orange County.

Moving Mountains Design provides vacant home staging, color consultations, corporate and executive relocations,  and interior design. We also stage model homes, REOs, foreclosures and auction properties for real estate investors and asset managers. Builders hire us to stage their models or to help move inventory when sales slow down.

For more information about our Los Angeles home staging services, contact Michelle at (626)385-8852 or by email.

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Rainmaker
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Jeana Cowie
RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Paramus, NJ
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Michelle,

These are truly helpful ideas. Thanks for sharing!  I showed a home this weekend that had the most ridiculous master bedroom furniture.  The room was a nice size, but this enormous furniture made it seem small & cramped. I think the will not even be able to move out the huge 4 post bed with massive columns. lol.

Jeana

 

Mar 08, 2010 02:24 AM #1
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Drick Ward
NEPTUNE REALTY - Virginia Beach, VA
"RealtorDrick" - Experienced Representation

Great tips, thanks for sharing.  The other point for sellers to remember is that this is only temporary to get your house sold.  We know you wouldn't want to live this sparsely every day, but if you need to for a time while your home is on the market and it will help it sell faster, then it's a managable pain.

Mar 08, 2010 02:24 AM #2
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Gary Pike
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers - Powder Springs, GA

Thank you for this information.  I will start implementing these strategies right away.  Getting people to understand that they need to change how they view their home when they are trying to sell is sometimes very challenging.  Your blog will help.

Mar 08, 2010 02:28 AM #3
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Jeana: Posted beds can be very romantic, but they don't work well in smaller rooms or rooms that have standard height ceilings. Having appropriate size furniture is so important.

Drick: Yes, it is only temporary, but really most people could do well to get rid of some "stuff", myself included!

Gary: Glad I could help!

Mar 08, 2010 02:33 AM #4
Rainer
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Chanhassen Real Estate Blog
IBR Realty - Chanhassen, MN

Great tips!  Always better to get rid of all that unnecessary clutter!

Mar 08, 2010 03:45 AM #6
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Mary Lou Teague
HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC - Knoxville, TN
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

Thanks for the points...very well expressed..thanks for sharing

Mar 08, 2010 03:52 AM #7
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

You're welcome Barb.

Chanhassen RE: Glad you like them.

Mary Lou: You're welcome!

Mar 08, 2010 05:57 AM #8
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Michele, oh, no!  Lose all of those lovely bowling trophies?  Now that is a real hardship!  Anyway, it is very good advice!

Mar 08, 2010 07:30 AM #9
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Patricia: Sorry, the bowling trophies have to go. Pack them up for display in your new home!

Mar 08, 2010 08:15 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

Love your tips-especially "well lit rooms."

Mar 08, 2010 04:50 PM #11
Rainer
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Randy Larson
East Coast Staging & Re-design - Leland, NC

Thanks for sharing these with us Michelle!!  Always great to hear from  you!

Mar 08, 2010 08:55 PM #12
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Cathy: Light always makes a space look larger!

Thanks Randy!

Mar 09, 2010 03:52 AM #13
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Drick Ward
NEPTUNE REALTY - Virginia Beach, VA
"RealtorDrick" - Experienced Representation

By the way, agents.  Remember that tip on well lit rooms when you are taking marketing photos - EVERY light in the house on (that includes the light over the stove, the refrigerator water dispenser, and the light in the room down the hall.  You'd be surprised how much better the pics turn out when there are no darkened corners, appliances, or distant rooms.

Mar 09, 2010 04:23 PM #14
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Good reminder to always turn the lights on for photos, Drick.

Mar 10, 2010 12:43 AM #15
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Peggy Givens
Staging Tulsa - Tulsa, OK
Professional Home Stager, Home Staging in the Tulsa Oklahoma Area

Great tips and congrats on the RESA 2010 Professional Stager of the Year! Way to go ;)

Mar 10, 2010 12:13 PM #16
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Thank you Peggy!

Mar 10, 2010 12:59 PM #17
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