As a professional home stager in Pasadena and Los Angeles, one of my primary jobs is to make smaller homes feel larger, or at least, feel as large as they really are.
Here’s a list of my expert home staging tips for making a small home feel larger. You can use these tips whether you are staging your home to sell or if you are planning to stay, but just need some help dealing with smaller rooms. These tips will work with either vacant or occupied homes:
1. Pare down what you need to have in a smaller room to the essentials. Do you really need a chair in your bedroom, or can you sit on the bed to put your shoes on?
2. Clutter makes a room feel smaller. Lots of smaller items, like your Hummel collection or your bowling trophies displayed on every horizontal surface, eat up visual space. Only display 3-5 items at a time. Store the rest and rotate them out of storage throughout the year. Not only will the room feel larger, but each item displayed will stand out more.
3. Use fewer pieces of furniture. Its better to have one larger dresser than 2 smaller ones.
4. Use appropriately sized furniture. Having a large sectional in a small family room will highlight how small the room is.
5. Cooler colors recede, so painting a room a pale blue, green or gray will make it feel larger.
6. Show more hardwood. The larger the expanse of hardwood, the larger the room will look. See how the room looks without an area rug.
7. Try using one larger area rug instead of several smaller rugs.
8. Use fewer patterns on upholstery and bedding. For instance, use a solid color blanket or bedspread on a bed in a small bedroom to make the room feel larger.
9. Strategically placed mirrors make a room feel larger.
10. A well lit room feels larger.
11. Minimize window treatments. The simpler the better. Shutters, blinds or simple drapes (no flounces, ruffles, strong patterns or complicated valences) take up less “visual space”.
These home staging tips work if you are staging to sell or just want to make the home you are living in feel larger.
If you need some help figuring out how to make your home feel larger, consider hiring a professional home stager for a home staging consultation. You’ll get some expert home staging and interior design tips. Its the best home staging “bang for your buck” and it’s a great investment in preparing your home for sale, or making your home more livable if you are planning to stay.