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Creating the Illusion of Space

With a sharp eye and careful placement of furniture, rugs, and lighting, furnishing a small home becomes effortless and functional. Here are some simple tips for arranging your small spaces.

1. Resist the Urge to go Miniature

Don’t be afraid to place regular-sized furniture in small spaces. When you put tiny furniture in a small space, the room will actually feel smaller. We encourage you to play with scale. You can still use the negative space wisely to help the eye move throughout the room.

2. Rugs

Use rugs to designate space. This is especially helpful in studios or open floor plans. Use a large rug for your living space, and a runner to create an entry. Textiles add richness to the space while giving you creative freedom.

3. Check for Visual Balance

Rely on creative styling to offset any odd configurations. In small spaces, we often have to sacrifice ideal spacial planning in order to fit in what we need. Strategically place a plant next to your sofa that is slightly off-centered in the room, so that the eye won’t notice, or place art lower than you normally would to add visual weight where needed.

4. Hang a Mirror Across from a Window

Mirrors create the illusion of bigger space. If you can, place a mirror across from a window. It will reflect the outdoors/what’s outside and make your space feel larger.

5. Fake Taller Windows

If you have drapery, hang the curtains from the ceiling, rather than from the top of the window. This will create the illusion of higher ceilings. You can also use drapery to create doorways and soften the space.

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