How to Find Hidden Space in Small Rooms

October 20, 2014 - Updated: October 20, 2014

When house hunting most buyers are looking for homes with an abundance of space, so if you own a home with a small living room, bedroom, or kitchen it could be perceived negatively, but that doesn’t have to be as there are all kinds of tricks you can use to make your home appear larger, by maximizing many hidden small spaces.

In many of today’s homes, although they have small rooms it doesn’t mean they cannot be appealing and attractive to prospective purchasers.  There are a number of ways you can make a small space appear bigger than it really is.

One of the best things to do is plan a focal point…something that catches the eye, like a large painting or a group of small ones hung neatly together.  Another strong point is to reduce all clutter in the room.  This may require you to put things in a unit that is set up with decorative baskets, so that the clutter is arranged in a tidy format.

The next big item to change is the furniture.  Select furniture that is appropriately sized for the room and that is appealing to the eye and draws the purchaser’s eye, as this will take away from the size of the room.  Once you have selected the piece of attention grabbing furniture, aim everything else you place in the room towards it.

Remember that decorating any space is about illusion, and take advantage of light that flows freely from windows.  Use of light airy curtains and lamps that are designed and unique often add ambiance to the room.  Consider using overhead lighting like chandeliers, recess lighting, and retro shades to add a little flair to the room.  If your room can benefit from the use of mirrors to indicate more depth than there actually is, this is a good choice as well, but keep it tasteful to match the other décor.

Another bonus feature that takes very little time and expense, is painting the room so it looks shiny and new.  Using lighter colours and neutrals not only make the room look bigger, but let the perspective purchaser imagine what their furnishings and fixtures will look like in the room.  When you use “off” colours, the perspective buyer is likely to start adding up costs to repaint and replace what they would not enjoy.

If your small room happens to be your kitchen, remember to keep all your things organized in your cupboards and do not leave clutter on your counters.  Bare counters make the room look much larger than it is.  Use of a small round table set would work better in this space than a large bulky square one.  Natural light and light colours will assist in a small kitchen, as well as a focal point that brings the eye to the table area.

Remember that lots of people live in homes with small rooms, but this doesn’t have to be a deterrent in today’s society, as many people are now in the downsizing stage of their lives.  Having a small space can be a bonus if you follow the basic principles listed below:


•    Clear out all clutter
•    Open the Way – Keep as much floor space open as possible
•    Choose soft, light colours
•    Use a monochromatic colour scheme
•    Coordinate your walls with your furniture selection
•    Keep upholstery plain
•    Use light airy fabrics
•    Choose reflective surfaces – mirrors, countertops, etc.

But most of all, enjoy what you create so that when the purchasers come calling, you can display it with pride.


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