Tips to make your home look big­ger

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

Want to make that small home feel big­ger? Try land­scape paint­ings.

Land­scapes that draw the eye deep into the pic­ture give you a feel­ing of spa­cious­ness. You can even hang large pieces in a small area. Just re­mem­ber that blues and greens, both ‘re­ced­ing’ colours, should pre­dom­i­nate in the art; reds and yel­lows, not so much.

Here are other small-space tips:

1. Buy multi-func­tional fur­ni­ture: beds with built-in stor­age, drop-leaf ta­bles and foot­stools that dou­ble as stor­age ar­eas.

2. En­try ta­bles and the like chew up a lot of floor space; try shelves in­stead.

3. Pick fur­ni­ture with clean lines and solid colours; you can add pat­terns, but small ones only, with throw cush­ions.

4. Cre­ate vis­ual flow by us­ing just one type of floor­ing through­out (the bath­room can be the ex­cep­tion).

5. Paint­ing an end wall darker gives the room fo­cus and pushes the ad­join­ing, lighter walls out. Paint the foyer, of­ten shoe­box­sized in a small home, a light colour to cre­ate an im­me­di­ate sense of space on en­ter­ing.

6. Mir­rors, glass, chrome and high-gloss paint re­flect light, open­ing up the space.

7. Buy dim­mers for your lamps: ad­just­ing the dim­mers can show­case ar­eas of the room, mak­ing the over­all space ap­pear larger.

8. See if you can in­stall your home the­atre or stereo speak­ers in the ceil­ing.

9. De­velop clut­ter pho­bia. That in­cludes a healthy fear of too much fur­ni­ture. The more stuff, the smaller a space feels.

— Canwest News Ser­vice

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