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Pale-coloured flooring can make a small room feel bigger

Pale-coloured flooring can make a small room feel bigger
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As with walls and ceilings, light-coloured flooring can create the illusion of a larger space. If you don’t have the option of replacing dark wood floors or carpet, use light-coloured rugs to cover as much of the area as possible. Whether you use area rugs or are able to install new flooring, choose colours that will complement the wall paint.

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Keep the palette monochromatic in a small space

Keep the palette monochromatic in a small space
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If your small room already has a pale, neutral envelope (think white or off-white walls and ceilings and pale flooring), give it some character by introducing one accent colour with varying shades and/or textures. Exercising restraint in your choice of coloured toss cushions, throw blankets, area rugs and accents will allow you to make a high-impact style statement without sacrificing the feeling of space.

Built-in storage makes the most of a small space

Built-in storage makes the most of a small space
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Sometimes the only thing lacking in a small room is storage space. When there’s no square footage in the floor plan for another shelving unit, consider a built-in cabinet that utilises the space within the walls.

Opt for clear furniture in a small space

Opt for clear furniture in a small space
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Opt for see-through furniture, such as a glass coffee table or clear acrylic desk. Clear furniture helps to make a small room feel more open while still providing a functional surface.

Floor-to-ceiling shelving also makes the most of a small space

Floor-to-ceiling shelving also makes the most of a small space
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A floor-to-ceiling bookcase showcases a small room’s height while adding a lot of space-saving vertical storage. Click here to get detailed plans for building this handsome Greek Revival-style wood bookcase.

Go for neutral upholstery on large furnishings

Go for neutral upholstery on large furnishings
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When it comes to large-scale furniture (think sofas, loveseats and headboards), it’s also a wise move to choose neutral-coloured upholstery rather than eye-catching colours with busy patterns. You can always add heaps of character with smaller (not to mention, more affordable) accents like toss cushions, throw blankets and bedding; plus, they won’t date as quickly as they would if you were to choose an on-trend hue.

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Source: The Family Handyman

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