How to Make a Small Room Appear Bigger

Small rooms are the bane of the home decorator. How do you achieve a pleasing look that doesn't feel cramped and claustrophobic? Short of building an addition or knocking down walls, you are limited to a few, but effective, decorating tricks that create the illusion of space.

The strategic use of colour and light is the best way to achieve this. Choose light shades of paint or wallpaper for the walls. Lighter colours reflect light making for a brighter room. Use an even lighter shade of the same colour or white for ceilings and floors. A darker colour on the ceiling will make the ceiling look lower and tends to make the walls look as though they are closing in.

Avoid harshly contrasting colours. In fact, a monochromatic colour scheme that carries throughout the room into fabrics and accessories is very effective. Steer away from too many patterned items. The goal here is to blur perspective.

Anything you can do to bring light into the room will also give the effect of increased space. A corner wall sconce that casts light up onto the wall works well. Try to vary lighting effects for interest. A skylight is a great way to add light to a room, but isn't always practical or affordable. Mirrors are a great solution for small rooms. Place mirrors directly across from another for maximum impact. A mirror placed across from a window is also effective. Place a lamp in front of a mirror to add more light to your room.

If you have wood or patterned flooring, have it installed so that the lines run diagonally across the room. This makes for longer lines, which give the appearance of a larger space. When furnishing the room, pick objects that are proportioned to the size of the room. For example, opt for a loveseat over a full-sized sofa. Lastly, keep the clutter to a minimum. Avoid using a lot of knick-knacks and keep the room tidy and well organized.  Buyers need to picture their family in your home and are unable to do that if the home is filled with your family pictures and momentos.


Decorate the Outdoors

A pleasing look to the outside of your property is just as important as how the house/cottage looks inside.  For potential Buyers, the outside is the first thing they see and may make the difference between them losing interest immediately or anxiously looking forward to seeing the house/cottage.

Flowers and shrubs put people at ease and make them feel comfortable.  If you have lawns, keep them cut and trimmed and gardens weeded and edged.  In the case of a cottage, clear away leaves and fallen branches, which make the property look cluttered and unkept.  Make sure that the waterfront area is clear of debris and the docks and decks are in good repair.  Replace old, rusted and dated patio furniture with clean new furniture and umbrellas.

If wood siding, decks and trim are looking old and tired, apply a fresh coat of stain or paint.  A few dollars spent along with a little labour can reap hugh returns on the final selling price.

Remember, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression.

Call me on my Direct Line, 613-334-9825 or Email Jim@JimKnight.Realtor.



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