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If you want a small room to feel more spacious, there are certain design tricks you want to embrace—and certain design tricks you want to avoid.

recent article from realtor.com outlined common mistakes that can make rooms feel smaller, including:

  • Dark walls. Dark colors draw the eye inward—which can make a space seem smaller. So, while dark walls can work in a large, open room, if your room is on the smaller side, you’ll want to stick to neutral or light colors for the walls to create the illusion of more space.
  • Too much furniture. Packing too many pieces of furniture into a room can make it feel small, cramped, and crowded. If you’re working with a small space—and want to make it feel larger—stick to a few key, functional pieces (and make sure there’s plenty of space for people to maneuver around each piece of furniture).
  • Too many colors or patterns. Incorporating too many colors and patterns into a room can feel visually overwhelming—and can make a small space feel even smaller. If you’re going to use bold colors or patterns, use them sparingly—and balance them out with an otherwise neutral, soothing palette.

The Takeaway:

So, what does this mean for you? If you’re trying to make a small room look larger, it’s important to understand what design mistakes to steer clear of. That way, you can decorate your room in a way that maximizes the space—and makes your small room look larger, more open, and more spacious.

Kevin and Jennifer Hanley, REALTORS The Hanley Home Team Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Partners Southside 904-515-2479 HanleyHomeTeam.com