Creating a Bigger Space without Breaking Down Walls

Are you feeling like your room could use a serious makeover? You may feel like your room is just not big enough for all of your stuff. Serious renovations, like tearing down walls, should be the last resort when trying to open a room you have lived in for a long time. That is why de-cluttering and reorganizing your room are the keys to making it feel more opened and relaxed, while also creating a conversation starter.

One of the first things you should consider when opening up the room is how much empty space you have on the walls. If you have a wall that is bare, think of it as a canvas for storage systems like shelves or hooks. HGTV provides the “13 Ways to Make a Small Living Room Look Bigger.” One fun tip that they suggest is using your “TV as art.” Mounting TVs over mantles makes it act as a painting. It also allows you to utilize the space that was perhaps occupied by an entertainment system or a TV stand. By thinking of your walls as storage units, you can open up space on the floor.

Via photosphobos/Shutterstock
Via photosphobos/Shutterstock

Once you have more space to work with on the ground, you can focus on rearranging your furniture or buying storage systems, such as book shelves, ottomans, or end tables. With these suggested pieces, you can begin to de-clutter your room. Since you have new drawers, you can go through the pile of junk mail that you acquired over the months and decide what you truly need. Thenest.com provides the “10 sneaky ways to make a small space look bigger,” and one of their ways suggests that you organize your remaining clutter—like figurines or book, so that they are arranged in height order. By doing so, you create a statement piece where guests can admire your attention to detail.

Via Enrique Browne
Via Enrique Browne

Statement pieces can really open up a room. Both the Nest and HGTV support the use of big bold items, such as mirrors, to make your small space speak volumes. By incorporating a few strategically placed big furniture or accessories, you can create the illusion that your space can hold more than what you or your guests would have previously assumed. Other tips that can create this illusion is the use of light paint. Thenest.com recommends “white, cream, light grays and blues.” You can also use sheer drapes, if you do not mind the light.

Via Sacramento Interior Designer Lompier Interior Group
Via Sacramento Interior Designer Lompier Interior Group

Before you even consider breaking down walls, try these easy steps to see it they can save you from undertaking a costly renovation. The tips for making a small room look big, starts with taking the time to pay attention to the small details. If you do not have the time, hopefully these suggestions will point you in the right direction to get inspired to perform a room makeover.

 

 

 

 

Photo Via Enrique Browne

About Stacy Narine

Originally from Paterson, NJ, I recently graduated from Seton Hall University with my B.A in English. I will be starting my M.A program in Literature at Seton Hall University in spring 2015. I love Pinterest, Photoshop, and writing fictional short stories about characters who are trying to establish a sense of individuality while in relationships. Ready to momentarily stray from fiction, I am motivated to write about topics that are important to women.

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