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“Economically scaled” – or just plain small – homes with abbreviated spaces can present big decorating opportunities.  Bungalows, ranch-style homes on smaller lots, townhouses and condominiums offer the decorating challenge of using available space efficiently and serviceably.  Just be sure you don’t short change your decorating tastes because your spaces may be a bit smaller.  Just think about interpreting your preferences a little smaller!

First of all, consider selecting furniture that is scaled to your room size.  Small furniture can make a small room seem a great deal larger.  In a living room, for example, you may want to choose the cozy look of coordinating love seats instead of a lager sofa and chair combination.  Sofas with open legs, such as Chippendale or Queen Anne, take up less visual space—but be careful not to have a room that’s “all legs”.  Balance the open legged pieces with solid ones, perhaps a small skirted, or an enclosed wood table.  Stay away from coffee tables are a good option because the eye continues to travel through the glass surface.

 

By all means – eliminate clutter!!  For some reason, many people feel compelled to fill every square inch of space.  Unfortunately, the end result is unsettling and can even become claustrophobic!

Since pale, softer colors tend to recede, the lighter the wall and floor colors, the larger a room will seem.  However if your room features a lot of natural light, you could actually be a bit more adventuresome with your color choices – and add a little more drama to your walls.  Traditionally ceilings are painted lighter than the walls to raise it visually. If a low ceiling is more of a problem than the size of the room, a wall covering with a vertical stripe would visually raise the ceiling height.  Patterned carpets or wall coverings with a light background will give you smaller room a feeling of depth and might be just the answer for a small space.

 

Adding a framed mirror, or even mirroring an entire wall, can visually double the room size.  But please be sure to note what the mirrors will reflect.  If it’s an eyesore, you’ll double that too!

One of the many benefits of a smaller space, is that it will make its inhabitants feel cozy and comfortable.  So take a few of these ideas into consideration when you create the inviting, warm and expansive look you want!

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