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Making small spaces look larger can be tricky. On the one hand a small space limits what you can buy and display, yet on the other hand, it can feel cramped with only the most basic necessities. Here are some easy tricks to keep you from feeling like you are living in an episode of 'Hoarders'.
1. Frameless Rectangular 40" High Beveled Wall Mirror
Use a wall mirror to visually expand the size of a room - depending on the position, a wall-mounted mirror may also keep you more sane by bringing in more light, whether from the sun or through the reflection of a dining room chandelier.
2. Langley Branch Round Gold Leaf Table
Leggy furniture will also help visually expand a room. When you show off more of a continuous floor you immediately make it feel more spacious. Keeping chairs, tables, sofas and even beds off the floor just enough to show the wood or carpet will make your room less claustrophobic.
3. Santa Fe Java Stain Finish Dining Table 4. Dexter Rustic Java Acacia Wood Dining Arm Chair
Double duty furniture allows you to do more in less space. Why not have your dining table double as a desk? What about your dining chairs becoming guest chairs? Instead of one chandelier, use a few contemporary pendant lights over the table to create useful task lighting when working.
5. Satin Nickel Pot Rack Chandelier
Finally, to make small spaces look larger, go vertical. By taking storage all the way up, you will tree floor space thus making your room feel larger. Additional shelves and pot racks may just be the ticket.
Photos: House and Home, Small Place Style.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.