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BLOG: How to Make the Most of Tight Spaces
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While most of us would love to increase the space floor area of one (or several) rooms in our homes, this simply isn’t possible in most cases.  But, with a bit of ingenuity and a willingness to “switch things up”, we can create extra space in a variety of ways.

Creativity is everything when we’re rearranging or remodeling a room, so don’t assume that this list encompasses the ONLY ways to maximize space.  Instead, view it as a means of “kick-starting” your imagination, as we look to free you from the small confines of tight living spaces…

(1)    UP not OUT

When cities can’t expand laterally, what do they do?  They build UP.  That’s exactly how we should think when we’re trying to consider maximizing space.  If you have a small kitchen, consider how counter-top to ceiling cabinets can help you make the most of the floor space.  Appliances can be installed ABOVE the counter-top level, helping you to eliminate any unnecessary tables or stands in a small kitchen.

The same concept applies to any other room of the house.  If you are looking to increase floor space, build UP not OUT!

(2)    Manage Clutter

Nothing can steal your counter space quite like clutter.  While it may not provide you with extra floor space, using trays or other organizational tools to manage your clutter can help to give a room a “larger” feel.  Another added benefit to improved organization (trays, for example):  you can easily move several items at a time, allowing you to reorganize on a whim!

Take a quick assessment of the clutter in a room.  By taking the time to properly organize it, you can help to increase the “usable space”.

(3)    Mirrors

Sometimes, we can’t do much else to create ACTUAL space.  However, if we want to expand the appearance of a room, there is still another trick up our sleeves – mirrors!  Mirrors are a great way to create VIRTUAL space in a room of just about any size.

(4)    Proper Use of COLOR

Color can do just about anything when remodeling a room.  It can warm or cool a room, as most know, but were you aware that it has an impact on how spacious a room feels?

The color of furniture, countertops, and décor can help to improve the overall feeling of spaciousness within any room in your home.  If the walls are a light blue, consider using similarly colored furniture or accents to ease the “space defining” properties of the items in the room.

(5)    Lose the Shades

We aren’t talking about sunglasses here!  If you want to wear your shades inside, be my guest.

If you want to “open up” a room, use light window dressings, as they can bring some of the outdoor scenery into the room.  While this may not be great for those living in crowded areas, homes that have a spacious and scenic backyard can capture some of that space and bring it inside by simply leaving the windows uncovered.

By taking a few minutes to consider space, you can turn a cramped living space into an open, airy room that you enjoy.  Discuss options with your designer, compare various color patterns, and most importantly, adjust your decorative approach.

In doing so, you can be certain that you are making the most of your floor space, and improving the overall appeal of every room in your house.

Posted By Eugene Chernioglo at 7:30 am
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