Small Home? No Problem: Tips To Make It Look Bigger

Written by Posted On Thursday, 03 October 2013 11:54

Small is relative, but if you're trying to sell your home and it's the smallest one in the neighborhood, that could negatively impact buyer interest. However, learning tips to stage your home so that it looks larger will help increase interest.

Small homes can sometimes offer very unique advantages. Yes, they can cost less but they also can be very cozy and cute and limit the amount of maintenance that's required. These can be a big plus in an economy where people are tight for money and tight on time.

However, a small home loses its appeal if it's cluttered–cramped living is usually never on any buyer's wish list. Fortunately, there are a few tips to help you make your small home look bigger and still offer the conveniences of a small house.

Mirrors. Using mirrors in rooms helps to reflect light–both indoor and outdoor types - and give the illusion that the room is larger. It's a great way to trick the eye and make it seem like there's more home. Mirrors bounce light into the area, helping to brighten up the room. Mirrors aren't just for the bedrooms, bathrooms, and hallways. You can have a mirrored backsplash in the kitchen or even a portion of the cabinets can be mirrored. One well-decorated garage-turned-office had two walls of mirrors that enhanced the space.

Go lean and sleek. When it comes to furniture, the best options for small spaces are lean and sleek designs. Bulky furniture such as sofas with big heavy, oversized pillows and skirts will make the area look smaller and more confined. You can find furniture that is sleek in design and still very comfortable. It'll give the room a light, refreshing feel.

Take it high. If you place your curtain rods closer to the ceiling rather than just above the window frame you'll give an optical illusion of a higher ceiling in the room. Also don't use drapes that are flowing out into the room because they will eat up too much of the floor space. Keep it simple.

Built-in furniture is key. Using built-in furniture such as bookcases and entertainment centers can help save space. Yes, they then become permanent fixtures that you're not going to take with you when you move. So, make sure the space is suitable for the built-in. Don't overcrowd a narrow area. Give consideration to how the built-in furniture would function to improve the open space while also thinking about if it would be considered universal to most people - would others find a purpose for it?

Reduce Clutter. Ultimately, one of the key factors to making a small home look bigger and to making it look appealing to your buyers is to downsize on the stuff you stick inside it. Many times people who have smaller spaces try to keep everything they had from the many previous places (some larger) that they've lived in. This strategy will eventually make any home look small. So, if it's not in use, not necessary, and not of sentimental value, maybe it's time to let it go in order to let your small home shine in a big way.

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