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4 Ways To Make Your Home Look and Feel Bigger

For as long as I’ve lived in New York, I know that living in the city often means having to sacrifice square footage. Luckily, with the right decorating tricks, small-space living can be done and it can be done well. Whether you’re sacrificing space for the city life, downsizing your home, or moving into a little starter space of your own, I’ve got a four simple decorating tips to help make your small home look and feel spacious.

Hang ‘em up high. If you’re going to have window treatments, mount your curtains near the ceiling and have them hang close to the floor. The extra-long drapes will create an illusion of height, making the room appear taller. The same tip can be used when adding shelving or hanging artwork on the walls.

Decorate with light colors. Lighter colors are much more reflective than dark colors. When you decorate with light colors, the way they reflect light creates a bright and airy effect in your home.

Keep it clutter-free. If you know me, you know that even the word “clutter” makes me uncomfortable. Having too many things in a small space will easily make your home feel cramped. Start getting rid of things that have no value to you and keep only what you need. Keeping things minimal will give your home a spacious and open feel.

Use mirrors. Strategically place mirrors in areas of your home that will reflect the view of the room as well as light. The reflection of the room will create an illusion of depth, while light that bounces off the mirrors will brighten up with space, making it seem open and roomy.