Is clutter driving you nuts? Are you thinking of selling your home and want it to show BIG?
Here are seven tips to help make any small space look large:
1. Weed out the extras.
A yard sale will alleviate some clutter as will a trip to the local goodwill shop. A rule of thumb: Anything you haven't needed in a year can go.
2. Bookcases are for more than books!
Your walls are your vertical friends for storage, and good shelving can include plants, valuables, artwork, and more!
3. Wall-mounted entertainment systems.
Entertainment cabinets are so pre-2000! Free up floor space by going with sleek bolt-in mounts (just make sure they're anchored properly).
4. Don't pile it - hang it!
This is especially true in kitchens where you can use pot racks, hanging baskets, and even wall-mounted shelving units.
5. Maximize cabinets and closets with organizers.
Poor use of cabinet space can easily waste more than 30% of usable “hidden” space. There's great hardware out there to organize the interior of your cabinets and closets.
6. Go below.
A raised bed is an easy way to free up storage space equal to the square footage of your bed. Using baskets and drawers can ensure the below-the-bed storage remains tidy as well.
7. Paint light.
Dark walls make small rooms feel even smaller. For those rooms that feel a little too cozy for comfort, dial up the brightness with a fresh coat of a light coloured paint.