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!