Every home has one: a tiny room that serves as a magnet for all the clutter that doesn’t fit in the rest of the house. But just because it’s small doesn’t mean it should be treated like an oversized closet. With the right decorating touch, small rooms can hold their own.
If you’re looking to reclaim that room you’ve underestimated — or are planning on selling the home soon and want every room to look its best — here are some tips from Realtor.com:
Use light-colored paint on the wall: “Dark colors draw the eye inward, making a small space seem confined,” one staging expert told Realtor.com. Use “neutral, light, or earthy tones so they seamlessly blend and look as spacious as possible,” adds the website.
Choose furniture that scales to the room: Don’t stuff the room with oversized or dark furniture. This will make the room feel cramped. Also, choose furniture that can do double duty: a couch that folds into a bed, for example, or an ottoman that also works as a table.
Avoid filling the walls with pictures: “When a home has lower ceilings, too many things on the walls can make a room feel cramped,” notes the staging expert, who suggests using a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, which highlights prints and photographs without giving the cluttered look of overstocked wall space.
Keep it simple: Lots of bold or dark colors and patterns can make the room feel claustrophobic. Calming, neutral colors will open things up.
Don’t use too many rugs: While the right rug can brighten up a room, too many rugs scattered about will lend a cluttered feel to the space.