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  • BIG IDEAS FOR SMALL SPACES
    BIG IDEAS FOR SMALL SPACES

    Posted: 7/28/2016
    We've gathered a collection of decorators' tips and tricks for giving a small area an illusion of spaciousness.

    Include the ceiling when painting, to draw the eye upwards and make the space feel larger.

    Use light colors on walls and the floor, and different shades of the same color.

    Move furniture away from the wall, even if only a few inches, to make a space feel more open.

    Put less in the room with the use of hidden storage and multi-purpose items.

    Employ the "cantaloupe rule." Decorative accents smaller than a cantaloupe crowd a room, according to Target home style expert Sabrina Soto. In a small space, opt for fewer, larger items.

    Use a striped rug to visually lengthen a room.

    Think roman shades or blinds instead of curtains to make space appear lighter and airier.

    Opt for large paintings and posters rather than a wall of smaller pieces.

    Look for furniture with exposed legs when in the market for items in a small space.

    Don't forget the most classic of all space enhancing tricks - the use of mirrors. Placing a mirror across from a window reflects light and makes a room feel disproportionately larger.

    Declutter as much as you would in large or average size space and then declutter again. It's more important than ever in a cozy room.

    Big things can happen in small spaces!
  • MAKE A MINI MUD ROOM
    Posted: 7/28/2016
    Summer brings a lot of foot traffic in and out of the house. If you've ever wished for a mud room to make coming and going cleaner and more efficient, but haven't had a room to devote to it, check the following tips for creating a mini mud room.

    * Keep in mind that the larger the rug or mat, whether indoors or outdoors, the more dirt it will collect. You may also want to add a shoe scraper, which some swear by for keeping floors cleaner.
    * A crate with a mat inside makes a better boot holder than the standard boot tray. Summer generates dripping rain boots, but this idea obviously works year round.
    * Keep old towels near the entry way for drying wet, dirty dogs before they enter.
    * Hang as many hooks and shelves as you can on the walls in your most frequented entry way. Make the most of every inch of floor space by finding coat racks, bins, stools, benches, book cases and organizers that work the hardest with the smallest footprints. If there isn't enough space for all outdoor needs, switch contents seasonally - now being the time to replace hats, mittens and scarves with swim suits, sunscreen and bug spray. Baskets on surfaces help contain things used most often.
    * Consider a shoe holder on the inside of a coat closet. It may not be beautiful, but works hard holding hats, camera, bug spray, flashlights, sports equipment, etc.
    * Any closet that has extra space above the top shelf is begging for additional shelving, especially since stand alone pieces can be added so easily.

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