Feeling cramped but don’t want to move? There many ways to make small seem spacious. Embracing a “less is more” mindset is even trendy, with micro homes attracting macro interest on social media and on TV.
Granted, your home is likely larger than a true “tiny house,” which tends to max out at 400 square feet. But plenty of homes are less than 2,598 square feet, the average size for houses built in 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Here are tips from top-rated interior designers, home stagers and real estate agents for how to make the most of small rooms:
Recessed lighting and sconces can be a space-saving way to shed light. In some cases, recessed lights may negate the need for end tables and lamps. Other lighting options include accent, track or under-cabinet fixtures.
Add storage by recessing shelving into a wall, or extending bookshelves to the ceiling. To create the illusion of more space, paint the inside of shelves a deeper shade than the wall color.