14 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Larger

Many homeowners struggle with trying to find more space in their small homes. Additions can be expensive and time consuming and renovations can interrupt your day to day life in the house. There are plenty of design tips and tricks to give the illusion of a larger home without any of the added hassle!
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Keep Wall Colors Light

One of the easiest ways to create the illusion of a large space is to keep the wall colors light. By avoiding darker colors, it opens up your space and helps it to feel more open and airy. Lighter wall colors reflect any natural light coming into the room and don’t feel as heavy as darker colors. A lot of people think that light wall colors must mean white. However, this isn’t the case! You can use colors that are saturated with colors in lighter tones, such as greys and yellows. For different visual elements, look at the different finishes and decide on the best one for your home. Eggshell and satin finishes are great for light reflection.
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Use Mirrors to Expand Space

Mirrors are a common piece used in small space decorating. Strategic placement can fill your space with light and elongate your room. The extra reflection of light helps it to completely fill the space making it appear larger. Mirrors also add depth to your space and can be used as focal points in your small home. When it comes to mirror design, look for architectural mirrors that are art pieces on their own. You don’t want to use a basic square mirror that can quickly look dated and age your home’s décor. Frames create a unique mirror design. If you want a large centerpiece for your room, use an oversized floor mirror with a decorative frame. Lean it against a wall in a strategic location for a new room design. staircase

Replace a Large Bulky Staircase

One project can add square footage to your home’s floorplan without any major renovation or addition. If you have a traditional straight staircase in your home, you know that the frame can quickly become large and bulky. A space saving stair option is a spiral staircase. Spiral staircases keep the full steps of a traditional staircase and puts them in a compact design that fits into any home. Because of the spiral design, the stair builds on top of itself rather than extending out into your home. This keeps the footprint to a small circle in your home. You can make it a unique centerpiece in your new open floorplan or tuck it into a corner to maximize your newly found space.
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Use Double Duty Furniture

Multifunctional furniture is a great way to create space in a small home. These pieces take up the space of one piece, such as a single couch or ottoman, but they can be used in several ways. This help you to have all of the pieces you want in your small home without overwhelming the space. A common design is a storage ottoman. This is ideal for small spaces because it provides seating and storage in one small piece of furniture. Both of these things are at a premium when you’re looking to make the most of your space.
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Keep Windows Open

Because natural light is such a large part of home décor and making your home feel larger, there’s been a push in design trends to do away with window treatments all together. This allows the maximum amount of light into your home. If you still want some privacy and want some sort of cover on your window, a minimalist roman shade is a simple way to cover it. However, if you have the space available around your window, you can elongate the room with strategic curtain rod and fabric choices. Install your curtain rod a little above the actual frame and use curtains that reach the ground. This draws the eye up and creates the illusion of tall walls and high ceilings.
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Frame Your Room

It may seem counter intuitive to add things to your walls to make them feel bigger, but crown molding can go a long way to make your ceiling seem higher. However, adding a bold design at the top of your wall draws the eye up and creates the illusion of taller walls. To create a seamless transition, you can paint the molding the same color as your wall which extends the line even further. Molding isn’t limited to your walls and ceilings. To create the illusion of a larger open doorway, add crown molding around the doorway. This makes the doorway appear larger and in turn extends your room.
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Consistency is Key

Make your home feel like one cohesive design style for the appearance of larger space. Rather than creating small disjointed spaces, create one larger space that’s all connected. Design your home’s interior as if it is one large open floor plan. The flow of the design is created by the furniture used in each room rather than the different styles. Keeping the idea of neutrals throughout the entire home calms your space. Small homes can easily be overwhelmed by designs that are too busy. Calm your entire home’s design style by keeping it consistent.
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Display Your Storage

Small homes are always looking for more storage space in their home. It can be hard to know where you want to store things without cluttering your home. Consider investing in decorative storage solutions, such as baskets and patterned boxes. These keep things hidden, but organized and clutter free in your newly decorated space. Another decorative storage option is open shelving. This design has become very popular with the recent minimalist style trends. It allows you to display your collections in an organized way. For an added design element, you can color code your items. This adds another layer of organization to your display.
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Don’t Forget the Ceiling

A lot of homeowners stop their painting where the wall meets the ceiling. Don’t limit your room’s design by ignoring a large part of your room. Decorated ceiling are trendy and can help make the room feel larger. Light colors are great for ceilings in small spaces. Avoid a stark white and harsh lines. The softer neutrals that were mentioned earlier are great choices to topping off your room. There’s some back and forth when it comes to what kind of finish to use on your ceiling. A glossy finish reflects light back into the room making it feel larger. On the other hand, a matte finish helps the ceiling to blend into the rest of the room and takes the focus away from its low height.
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Keep Doorways Open

Airflow through your home helps it to feel open and light. One major way to help keep your space as open as possible to keep most of your doorways open. Without doors, your rooms won’t feel so closed off from the rest of your home. If you don’t want to completely let go of a solid door, there are different door designs that can still keep your home open and feeling larger. Pocket doors are the perfect way to have a door that still keeps it open. You can still have the privacy a door provides when it’s closed, but it disappears into the wall when not in use.
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Lift Your Furniture

Making your home feel larger has a lot to do with negative space. Empty spaces helps give the illusion of extra room no matter where it may be. Choose furniture that has exposed legs and open space underneath them. For instance, instead of a traditional couch with a solid base, choose one with wooden legs. Keeping the bottom open allows light to pass through and keeps your room looking larger than it really is.
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Consider Transparent Tables

Minimalist design styles have caused glass and acrylic surfaces to surge in popularity. Not only do they have simple frames, but they also allow the complete pass through of light. There’s a wide range of styles and materials to fit whatever budget you may have for your new design. These clear tables can be used as a side table, coffee table, or as a console on the side of your room.
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Use the Space in Your Walls

Don’t think you’re design has to be kept to just the open floor space. Utilize all of your space and different designs to create the illusion of more space. Built-in storage solutions are a great way to not only create space in your home, but also give your room a custom built look. To truly maximize your space, sink the shelves into your wall and take them off the floor completely. Keep the shelves in a floor to ceiling design to create the illusion of taller walls and draw the eye upwards.
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Give the Eye a Focal Point

A great way to trick the eye into thinking the space is bigger is to give it one large item to focus on. This can be a giant mirror, a large piece of artwork, or even a fireplace. This statement piece gives your design something to build around and helps the eye to organize the space. You don’t have to build a completely new addition or remodel a room in to create space in your home. Simple updates to your home’s design and décor can help to open up your home’s floorplan and make it feel and look larger. If a space saving spiral stair is the right choice for your small home, call one of our consultative designers to start your project!

Top 5 Materials For Inexpensive Home Decor

Deciding to change your home’s interior design style in any room can be an expensive choice. This doesn’t mean that you’re limited to your original home design that may feel dated and tired. There are plenty of inexpensive home décor options that can help you to recreate your space. Decorating on a budget has become its own category of interior design and is becoming increasingly popular. They key to keeping costs low is to keeping your projects to quick updates. You don’t want a large project that drags out over time. The more time it takes the more money it will cost. These five materials are the perfect options for quick updates around your home. Their DIY-ability and versatility make them an ideal choice for any homeowner looking to update their home’s décor.
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Paint

This seems like an obvious way to update your home, but many people associate painting with a full weekend project. Keep your decorating on a budget by using small amounts of paint around the home. However, there are several small painting projects that you can use to update your home décor. If you’re looking for a simple way to update your lighting, changing a light fixture can be budget friendly and an easy DIY project. Brass light fixtures can tend to date your space, no matter how updated the rest of your décor may be. Spray painting an old light fixture to a more modern matte black. Not only does it make your home décor look more expensive, but it’s an easy weekend project. This small update can change the entire feel of a room. Old furniture can easily be brought into a new home décor style with a fresh coat of paint. Wooden furniture that’s been stripped of their original finish can be painted to fit your new home design. If you decide to create a more rustic or vintage feel in your home, you can distress the new paint job using steel wool and vinegar. This gives you a distressed reclaimed look without the hassle or expense of finding vintage pieces. You can use paint to make more drastic changes to your home décor as well. Painting the walls doesn’t have to be your standard one color project. Use a mix of finishes, such as matte and gloss, to create different patterns. By using the same color keeps the wall from looking too busy in your space. Chalkboard paint has been a huge trend in home design. One popular application for chalk paint is to turn a small section of your kitchen wall into a practical grocery list station. New paint colors aren’t limited to your walls. Floors and ceilings have become popular places to add punches of color too. Wooden floors are the perfect place to use a muted color and distress it for a rustic look in your home. Your floor painting isn’t limited to hardwood. Tiles can easily be updated with the right paint and finish. Taking a dated blue or yellow tile to a chic black can change the entire look of your bathroom without changing anything else.
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Fabric

The fabric used in your room can define the home décor style. Most homeowners use different fabrics to create the focal points in the room while the rest is kept neutral. Because of this, a simple change of fabric can redefine your space in an afternoon. Different colors and mixtures of patterns create unique spaces in your home. Window treatments are one of the easiest ways to update your home décor. Changing out the curtains from a dark color to a light and airy fabric can instantly make the room feel larger and brighter. If you want to add a touch of luxury to your home design, a valance at the top of your window is a polished edge. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get this beautiful home feature. Using fabric and a cardboard box to create a valance is an easy DIY project. You can quilt it for an expensive look or keep it a simple flat piece for a modern edge to your windows. If you want to update your upholstered furniture, new fabric can keep your furniture frame and update an old cushion. This is the perfect fix for a thrifted chair that may be sporting its original cushion. A simple update to a bright pattern or a sleek solid color can instantly modernize the piece. If you want an update to your couch without a full reupholster job, throw pillows add a new element to your seating. Throw pillows are easy to make, even for the amateur DIYer. A new pattern introduced to your room can liven up an otherwise simple decor. The beauty of a throw pillow is that it can easily be switched out for a new pattern or color story the next time you want a change. If you can’t find a fabric that fits into your dream design, creating a custom fabric is easier than you think. With the right paints, you can stamp or hand paint a pattern on a solid color fabric. It can be used in cushions, lampshades, and curtains to create a one of a kind home décor that fits into your home’s personality.
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Wallpaper

When many homeowners think of wallpaper, they picture a dated pattern that they’ll never be able to remove from their walls without a lot of work. However, wallpaper has come a long way from your grandmother’s house. Not only are there a lot more design options, but it’s also easier to remove, making it an ideal material for inexpensive home décor. Renter’s wallpaper is a contact paper like material that peels off the wall like tape. It comes in a large variety of designs that can fit into any room. Patterned wallpaper is a great material to use on accent walls and focal points. A busy pattern can overwhelm the space if it’s used on all four walls. However, when you use it on one wall it adds interest rather than clutter. If you want that visual interest, but want to keep your walls plain, consider using the wallpaper on your ceiling. It’s typically a smaller space and can help enclose the room for a luxurious feel. Your wallpaper isn’t limited to standard materials either. One popular repurposed material is to use maps as wallpaper. This is typically used in smaller spaces because maps can be busy. Wallpaper isn’t just for the walls and ceilings. If you find a wallpaper that has a pattern you love, use it as a décor accent! You can use it in small spaces, such as the back of bookcase or inside of drawers. This adds a touch of visual interest without overwhelming the rest of the space. Another popular accent is to create art pieces for your walls. Whether you decide to frame small samples of complimentary patterns or create large art panels of wallpaper, you can use it to put the finishing touch on your room. You can also add wallpaper to risers of your stairs. This is a space that is typically left plain and lacks visual interest. If you think a color pattern may be too busy for your home, you can always add a textured wallpaper instead. These are typically all white baroque style pieces. If you want a different solid color, they’re easily painted.
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Mirrors

Mirrors are a cheap and easy way to add flair to your home décor. They have one of the widest price ranges starting at dollar stores design and going all the way up to custom designs that cost hundreds of dollars. The wide price range also includes a large variety of designs as well. This makes it an inexpensive home décor essential. If you can’t find the exact mirror you want, you can always find a basic design and enhance it to fit your dream design. Mirror tiles are a versatile material in inexpensive home décor. When used as a backsplash, they can instantly add luxury to any bathroom or kitchen wall. You can also create a full mirrored wall without the cost of an oversized mirror. A gallery wall full of mixed and matched mirror designs can create an interesting focal point in your home design. The different frames complement each other and can be painted to match the rest of your home. A large mirror with a decorative frame is the perfect addition to a simple but lavish living room. You can paint or distress the frame to fit your design needs. If you want touches of reflection without a huge piece, table top accents are perfect. One popular DIY project is to take an old framed mirror and add felt backing to the frame and use the piece as a tray. Other people use mirror spray paint to take inexpensive glass vases and make unique reflective pieces. This is also a great upgrade for cheap votives and jars. Mirrors serve a practical purpose in most rooms. Whether you decide to use a large oversized mirror or fill a gallery wall with different designs, mirrors have several benefits in the grand scheme of the room. Mirrors extend the end of the room and help it to feel larger. This is a great trick to keep a small room from feeling cluttered and cramped. Mirrors also help a room to feel brighter. By reflecting light back into the center of the room, it completely fills the room.
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Crown Molding

If you want to add a Victorian flourish to your home design but you’re decorating on a budget, the addition of molding can go a long way. While most people add molding at the meeting place of the wall and ceiling, it has many other uses. Overall, it adds a finishing touch to an otherwise raw edge. This give your room polis that it may not have had before. When adding molding to your walls, you’re not limited to the standard tops and bottoms of the wall. You can create architectural features in your home that weren’t a part of the original build with the simple addition of molding at different heights. Add a small lip above your standard molding on the base of your walls. By painting this now empty space, the molding, and the lip the same color, you can create a faux baseboard around the foot of your room. If you want to add interest to your walls at a higher level, you can use the same lip but mid-way up the wall to create a faux chair rail. You can also create wall panels within the wall itself but installing the molding in a way that creates a square or rectangle. By keeping the molding a contrasting color, you’re adding a built in interest that looks like it was a part of the original home design. Crown molding is limited to just walls. You can combine the molding with a shelving unit to create a faux built-in look. These pieces are usually very expensive and won’t fit into a small home décor budget. However, if you use crown molding to enhance a standard bookshelf, you can create a traditional home design at a fraction of the price. If you have dated cabinets in your kitchen, you can give them a quick update with oversized crown molding. The large piece will close off any space that is open between the top of your cabinet and the ceiling and give your kitchen a more custom look. You can create a gorgeous and luxurious home design without going way out of budget. Not only are these simple projects, but they’re made with materials that are easily found at any home improvement store. Each of these five materials can be used in alone or in combination with one another to create beautiful home projects. Take an afternoon and add some new home design features to your home!