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Tips & Tricks: Make Your Interiors Seem Bigger Than They Are!

Plenty of us are plagued with a small room that just feels a little cave-like. It can be hard to make it feel more open and exciting, but today we are serving up some simple interior design tips and tricks to make your room spacious and fresh!

Paint the Trim

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Differentiating the walls and the ceilings is a great way to make your space look bigger and better! Painting the trim (or even just painting a line on the wall itself) in between the two will make a big difference. Simply find a great contrasting color that works well with your look, and it will provide a nice visual barrier for your room.

Use Light Colors

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garrison-hullinger-interior-design-camelia-court-well-lit-room-windows-light-color

A dark colored room feels like a cave, and you know what caves are? Small and claustrophobic! One good way to make your room feel more open and big is to use light colors and let the light in. White or off-white are of course the preferred wall colors for this, but they will not reach their full potential unless you get some light into the room! Opening up the windows is a crucial step in making sure your space does not look like a cave!

Stop Using Overhead Lights

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Overhead lights draw the eye to the ceiling, which is the last thing you want if you are trying to make your space look big.  Try to avoid using a bright overhead light, and focus more on wall sconces and lamps so that the light is coming from the sides rather than from above. And as mentioned above, don't forget the natural light source revealed by opening the windows!

Use Clear Shower Curtains

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Your bathroom needs attention too! The same rules about lighting and wall color apply to a bathroom, but in a room that may or may not have any windows, you need to get creative. One of the easiest things that you can do is to use a clear shower curtain. If you already have a shower with a sliding glass door then great job, your bathroom is already looking more spacious than it would otherwise! A clear curtain sacrifices privacy, but when you walk in you will love how much space your bathroom seems to have when you don't close off the entire shower.

Avoid Using Boxy Furniture

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garrison-hullinger-interior-design-boxy-furniture-modern-feel

This is an easy one! Don't get furniture with skirts around the legs. Find couches and chairs that are comfortable for you but do not take up a lot of visual space. Buying furniture with exposed legs, minimally puffy cushions, and light colors will help the most in making your furniture take up as little space as possible.

Hopefully these quick and easy tips and tricks help you out in your small space! Whether it's an apartment, or just a small home, we hope that this will inspire you to get working to perfect your space!