Make the Most of Small Spaces

Your home may be your castle, but sometimes that kingdom is less than palatial in proportions. No worries. With some savvy sleights of eye, clever use of space, and repurposing strategies you can make prospective buyers feel like they’ll be living large in your stylishly airy and comfortable home. Here’s how:

Less is more. Go room by room with an eye to removing big clunky pieces that may overwhelm a room. Pick the items that you can live without and either put them in storage or sell them before allowing your home to be shown by your realtor. Remove all claustrophobic-causing clutter, such as framed personal photos, kitschy knickknacks and messy piles of newspapers.

Think out of the box. Devise creative ways to re-purpose furniture to perform double (or triple) duties. For instance, a small storage cabinet can also serve as a side table/linen chest in a guest bedroom or as a dining table/dish cabinet tucked away in a cozy kitchen nook.

The wonders of white. Paint walls in soft shades of white or cream from top to bottom. This will make the space look larger and help to create a light and airy feel. For added room-opening punch: place smaller objects, such as pillows, dishes and other decorative accents, in the same soft palette to blend seamlessly.

Go with the flow. Create continuity and ease of flow by carrying out the same color scheme throughout the different rooms. Make sure the furniture arrangement doesn’t obstruct movement and line of sight.

Let there be light! Play up the reflecting properties of mirrors, glass surfaces, silver and other shiny metals to produce the sensation of expansiveness. Unless your buyers will find themselves looking into a wall or some other unsightly view, keep curtains open to bring in the largest amount of light.

Mirror, mirror. Whether on the wall, over a fireplace or propped up on the floor, a mirror reflects light and will instantly amplify a space, creating the welcoming illusion of airiness and lightness.

Bring nature in. Botanical prints, fresh flowers or plants, and landscape images strategically placed in key locations—discreetly adorning a shelf or hung low over a sofa to create the illusion of a bay window scene, for instance—will blur the boundaries between the indoors and outdoors.

Turn negatives into positives. Whenever possible make maximum use of negative space, the empty areas surrounding furniture. For instance, opt for chairs with legs rather than skirts.

By Nayda Rondon


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