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Front Page - Friday, December 10, 2021

Maximizing space to make smaller homes seem bigger

With more time being spent indoors during the winter, it’s no surprise that the walls might feel like they’re closing in at some point, especially if your home is on the smaller side.

Tiny spaces present unique hurdles that make decorating challenging, especially if all you want is a relaxing place that fits all your belongings without feeling cluttered.

To make your home feel less cramped, check out these small home hacks.

White and bright

White paint for both walls and ceiling will instantly make any room seem bigger and brighter. A white backdrop also allows for furniture and accessories to stand out more.

Incorporate mirrors or reflective material such as glossy tile into your room can also make a room feel larger.

Lighten it up

Take stock of lighting for each living space and consider adding overhead lighting under kitchen cabinets or spotlights in darker corners.

Make the most of natural lighting by using window treatments that can be fully opened when desired to let the sunshine in.

Get creative with space

Think vertically when decorating! Incorporate trendy floor-to-ceiling shelves to store belongings neatly.

Hanging art above eye level in gallery style is another clever hack that gives the illusion of a higher ceiling.

And don’t forget about the space under stairs which is perfect for hidden storage.

Built-in cabinets or cubbies can really clear the clutter without taking away from living space.

Furniture with purpose

Make sure each piece of furniture serves a purpose. Multi-functional pieces are even better!

Some great options include beds with storage below, end tables that double as a desk if you work from home, or an island with stools that tuck beneath for the kitchen to both prep and enjoy meals.

Strategic floor planning

When it comes to the layout of your rooms, place your furniture cleverly. Create cozy sitting areas with area rugs beneath and resist the urge to push all your furniture up against walls.

Leaving space behind furniture makes rooms look wider.

To find more useful advice for your home, along with a full list of our local members to help you maximize storage, visit the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga’s website at www.HBAGC.net.