Following are easy and inexpensive design ideas for decorating to make the most of the space in your home.


Hang a mirror high enough on the wall so it andrewloft1-large4does not reflect the clutter of the room. Above eye level is best. If high wall placement is impossible, lean the mirror on a shelf or mantel so that it tips upward slightly. If the mirror is hung too low and reflects the contents of the room, it will make the room look smaller.

Add Light to Your Rooms

Make sure the window treatments you choose for a room are hung to let in as much light as possible. When curtains or blinds are open, they should clear the window so the light is not blocked. Even as little as an inch or two can make a difference.

Also, hang the window treatments as high on the wall as possible. This will create the illusion of a taller window and a larger light source, making the room seem to enlarge.

Window Treatments

Try to choose window treatments in a color that blends in with the wall color. This creates less contrast with the larger items in a room and makes the entire room appear more open.

Avoid Using Too Many Accessories

To avoid the look of clutter, only display a few larger scale pieces in a small room. A display cabinet or shelf is good for smaller collectibles. Remember to group smaller collectibles together so they will be seen from a distance as one item.

Change the Layout of Your Furniture

Try to place your furniture at an angle to the walls in the room. If this is impossible place a large area rug at an angle to the walls. This will draw the eye across the room to expand the space visually and will also make a room more interesting.

Clean up

Shine up all of the sleek surfaces in the room. Clean windows, stove fronts and countertops so they are free of dust and grime. This will brighten up any room and create the look of a larger space.

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