Have a Small Space and Not Sure how to Make it Look Larger?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

 

Do you have a home with small rooms and lack style?      This does not have to be the case!   With the right pieces of furniture, accessories, and splashes of color, this small space can make a huge impression!

 

Look at the light available in the room.    Natural light can add a lot to the room.  To frame the light, use complementary curtains, and preferably not dark colors.    Blinds can be too heavy, and curtains frame the natural picture.

 

Use additional lighting.    In a smaller room, light is very important.   There are many lamps out there that have character and can really add to the decor, and possibilities to include sleek or modern recessed lighting.

 

Keep colors bright.    When you use dark, heavy colors, it makes small spaces look smaller.    Use bright colors that will draw your focus, such as reds, yellows, and blues.     Use these same colors in artwork and accessories such as throw pillows.

 

Storage is key in small spaces.    If you have collections of books, movies, or even music, shelving units can really keep your collection organized.    There are pieces of furniture that double as storage for the kid's toys too!

 

Make the rooms look larger.    Glass and mirrors can give you a feel the room is larger.    Our eyes will go right through a mirror.    Transparent and reflective surfaces can be a powerful way to play up the room's decor.     Another idea would be mirrored objects to create a larger room feel.

 

Do you have other ideas on how to create a larger room, when it is SMALL?

 

Comments (18)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joan - as much as the phrase "thinking outside the box" may be overused, it actually seems rather appropriate in this case. Perspective(no pun intended) and creativity come into play.  So does the somewhat conflicting term focused multi-function.   

Mar 24, 2021 06:19 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Joan... the think I find missing most, be they small rooms or large rooms, is adequate lighting. I can't tell you how many owner suites I see with all of 100 watts of light in a ceiling fan... no bedside tables, no nothing. How do people live like that?

Mar 24, 2021 06:24 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, you are right, thinking outside the box sometimes works best for these spaces.

Mar 24, 2021 07:22 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina, that is a strange situation - sounds like way too much light.

Mar 24, 2021 07:23 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Joan! Great tips for making a small space look larger.

Mar 24, 2021 07:39 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Thanks Rocky, hopefully it helps others with small spaces.

Mar 24, 2021 07:43 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That is a great way to solve that problem Joan 👍

 

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Mar 24, 2021 07:54 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I love furniture that doubles as storage. This can really help in tighter spaces.

Mar 24, 2021 08:14 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Thanks Paul.

Mar 24, 2021 08:14 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, I agree, and don't think we could have too much storage.

Mar 24, 2021 08:14 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Joan, Great post.  I usually see smaller non-standard furniture used in small rooms. 

Mar 24, 2021 12:45 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

All good ideas for getting best use of a small space and making it appear friendlier and thus larger. 

Mar 24, 2021 05:47 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Joan - one word for me--Light!  I like lite colors, windows that let light in and lamps that light the room.

Mar 25, 2021 03:50 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Oh, I am sure that I could use plenty of help in this regard, those are great tips to share!

Mar 25, 2021 05:28 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri, that is a good idea too.

Mar 25, 2021 07:23 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ed, thanks! 

Mar 25, 2021 07:23 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, nothing like light to make a room look larger, I agree.

Mar 25, 2021 07:24 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Brian, I took a class that gave us tips for small rooms.

Mar 25, 2021 07:24 AM

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