Investing in furniture that serves many functions is a great way to streamline a room. An ottoman with built-in storage lets you tuck away blankets and books, and also doubles as extra seating. Dark colors can add drama to a space, but they also can make rooms appear smaller. The lighter the shade is, the more open your space will feel, so stick with neutrals and creamy shades.

While we wouldn’t recommend going overboard with mirrored surfaces, adding a little glass can open up an area and reflect light, making the space feel bigger.

In smaller homes, we often make the mistake of pushing the furniture against the walls to try to open up the room. But it’s smarter to give your furniture breathing room, whether it’s angling your bed or floating your sofa in the living room with a console table behind it. Dining tables that can be made smaller or larger with removable or drop leaves let you make the most out of a combined living-dining area.

Rather than combine a bunch of different hues in one space, instantly expand a room by painting the walls, trim and detailing in different shades of one color, such as white, off-white or beige.

Bringing texture to your ceiling through colors, wood patterns and fun fixtures will draw your eye upward, creating the illusion of height in a room.

It’s easy to assume that oversized furniture will make a small space feel cramped, but you’ll actually create an airier atmosphere by displaying one prominent item — from a statement sofa to a curved armchair — rather than using multiple smaller pieces.

In a small homes, even your favorite accessories and knick knacks can quickly look cluttered unless you give them a little structure. Arranging collectibles, books and glassware by color will make everything appear more streamlined.

Leaving your windows uncovered (or opting for simple, streamlined window coverings) will trick your eyes into thinking that the space boasts added depth, while revealing the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.


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