Small Spaces Sell with the Right Touches

by Megan Glenn

Are you thinking of selling your house or condo, but you’re worried space seems too tight?  Stop fretting!  The rise of the tiny house movement means even the smallest of dwellings have become not only marketable, but fashionable.  And armed with the knowledge of some basic techniques for creating the illusion of space, there’s no reason you can’t provide open, airy designs that will have potential buyers wowed.

Furniture that Fits

You may think that the best thing to do to make a small space look big is to empty it, but designer Kristie Barnett says an empty room gives buyers no sense of scale, and that she’s seen sales fall through simply because the client assumed furniture would not fit.

The trick, instead, is to get rid of overstuffed furniture and to choose one large piece that will be the central focus of the room. Judge every other item against this piece and ask if it serves a functional or design purpose.  If the answer doesn’t come easy, get rid of it.

Opt for smaller, streamlined pieces, such as switching out that sectional sofa for a loveseat.  Furniture that sits lower to the floor creates an illusion of space — think midcentury modern — and it is often more effective to group furniture on one side of a room or to create space between wall and furniture.  When items are pushed against walls around the room it creates a cramped feel. 

Experts also suggest placing taller items away from doorways so as not to visually close off the space upon entering.  We tend to track a room from left to right just as we read, and incorporating horizontal elements that encourage us to track that way smoothly makes the room feel larger.  Items that make our eyes bounce around the room tend to make the space feel smaller.

Keep It Light and Open

The first rule to increasing a sense of space is to de-clutter rooms.  Clear surface tops and take down family pictures, store away extra pillows, and get rid of freestanding pieces that clutter the floor.  You may need to consider gathering possessions and unnecessary furniture to keep in storage until your house is sold.

A second vital aspect of space is accenting natural light.  Windows should be as open as possible to allow maximum light in.  Instead of curtains, you might use blinds.  If you must use curtains, hang the rod high and wide so that they can be opened to reveal the entire window. 

A third trick to maximizing light is to incorporate mirrors into your design.  A mirror placed across from a window not only reflects light back into the room, but enhances the illusion of larger, airier space.  The effect can be increased by choosing furnishings that have chrome, polished metal, or mirrored trim.  And when it comes to furnishings, show some leg.  Air and light beneath your pieces only increases the sense of openness.

Finally, when it comes to actual lighting, get rid of the single overhead fixture which tends to dim the perimeter of the room and make it feel even smaller.  Opt instead for strategically placed lamps that cast light into all areas of the room.

Decorate with Space in Mind

If you want to create an illusion of openness, paint walls in lighter, brighter colors.  Most designers suggest shades of white, but you can choose a bolder color for one wall as accent.  If you choose to do so, adding a few matching decorative touches such as pillows or artwork enhance the sense of unity and space.

Fabrics and materials can also contribute to our visual assessment of a room.  Avoid heavy fabrics and dark bulky wood pieces.  Linens, voiles, and tulles are better choices for keeping your space feeling open and light 

Another suggestion is to carefully consider artwork and other decorative pieces.  Minimize art, opting for one larger focal piece that is more neutral in theme.  Remember that you’re showcasing the space, not your belongings.  And for decorative pieces, a good rule of thumb is that anything smaller than a cantaloupe makes surfaces seem cluttered.   

One last consideration is what to do with floors.  Some designers recommend that you don’t include rugs at all.  If you do decide to incorporate them, choose smaller rugs and orient them to define functional spaces within the room.

Make It Multifunctional

One way to make your rooms feel larger is to suggest their multi-functionality as you decorate.  Stage a small den as a space that can double both as home office and as dining area.  Choosing stackable furnishings and foldaway leaves can keep the space open while still suggesting multiple uses.  A small bedroom with a murphy bed can act both as sleeping space and as an office, reading space, or work area.

Outdoor Space as Another Room

Don’t forget to take advantage of any outdoor areas on your property.  A balcony or patio can be decorated to suggest a reading area, an eating space, or even a relaxing place to get work done.  Even if the space is small, you can choose streamlined, folding furniture to suggest a dual space for grilling and entertaining or for settling down to serious business.

Design Trends: Copper Accents

Copper is having a moment right now when it comes to home decor and there is no sign of this trend losing popularity! Despite its rough exterior, copper accents add elegance and edge to your space.

This metal can be used  in light fixtures, furniture, accessories (trays, vases, pillows, pots),  and kitchen accessories. Pair this metallic with wood, marble, white, or mint and you are well on your way to nailing this trend!

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Design Trends: Industrial Furniture

A hot interior design trend we’ve been seeing over the past few years that shows no sign of losing steam is industrial furniture! Even if you don’t live in a cool loft with exposed brick and beams, you can still make the industrial design trend work in your home. Check out some of our favorite pieces of inspiration below!

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The Pinteresting Five: Statement Wallpaper

Make a statement with wallpaper! Go big and do a whole room or stay small and do just the ceiling or an accent wall. There are thousands of patterns to choose from geometric to stripes to florals to prints that look like tile.

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Design Trends: Geometric Wallpaper

When it comes to decorating your home, furniture and accessories are regarded as a necessity. But to many designers, decorating a home starts with the walls of the room itself! Geometric wallpaper is a hot design trend for 2019 that is expected to continue to enjoy popularity in 2020 and beyond! Whether you go with a more classic pattern or something completely wild, wallpaper is one way to make a statement with your decor.

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The Pinteresting Five: Moody Blues

Chances are that you’re already using blue in your home’s color scheme since we live in coastal San Diego! But if you’re looking a trendy way to update your home, think dark and moody. Check out these rooms for a little inspiration!

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Summertime Home Decor Inspiration

Here comes the sun! Summer is here and it’s time to give your home a facelift.  Nothing beats summertime and we have all the updates on what’s trending for home decor for this upcoming season! Here are some great ideas to give your home a more summer time environment:

  1. Floral Patterns

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Floral patterns are a big hit especially during the summer.  Whether it is a floral wallpaper, throw pillow or art, they all bring a sense of nature to a room. If you are considering this trendy look in your own home, now is the perfect time to make the decision!

2. Brass Accents

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Brass has an elegant look to it especially when the summer light hits it’s surface.  If you’re unsure about boarding the brass train, fixtures are a good way to tiptoe into the brass scene. They’re an easy and relatively inexpensive way to accessorize and update a room.

3. Animal Print

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Nothing says hello summer like a living room spiced up with a few animal printed rugs or throw pillows. Try pairing multiple prints in the same color palette for a fun and cohesive look.

4.  Climbing Plants

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Climbing plants have taken off in the year of 2018! Climbing plants may seem like more of an outdoor themed, but they bring a nice nature look inside. A winding, twisting plant indoors brings a warm environment in a person’s home as shown in this photo above.

5. Outdoor Lights

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Hanging lights outdoors creates a great ambiance for those enjoying the night time.  Those summer nights wouldn’t be as peaceful and relaxing without delightful lighting encompassing you.

 

The Pinteresting 5: Natural Fiber Rugs

Rugs can come in all shapes, sizes, and materials, but natural fiber rugs adds a warm and earthy atmosphere to a room. They are also relatively less expensive compared to other types of rugs which makes this design trend affordable enough to try in your own home! You’ll often find natural fiber rugs featured in coastal home decor, but they can blend in smoothly with any style of home. Check out these photos of natural fiber rugs for inspiration!

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The Pinteresting 5: Barn Doors

Sliding barn doors have been a hot home design trend for several years now! Whether you use them to conceal a pantry, bathroom, home office, or laundry room, barn doors are a stylish and space-saving way to divide sections of your home. Below are some of our favorite pieces of barn door inspiration!

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Design Trend: Vintage Kitchen Light Fixtures

Interior lighting is not just functional; it also helps to create and set the mood! Vintage light fixtures in particular can bring a welcoming warmth to a kitchen. Available in a range of sizes and styles, you can utilize one large light or group together several smaller ones to bring a touch of vintage style to a modern kitchen. We’ve collected some of our favorite pieces of inspiration below!

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