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Decorating Mistakes That Make Your Home Look Smaller


Even new homes in Otsego MN that have plenty of spacious rooms and open floor plans can seem smaller if you don’t think carefully about various aspects of decorating. You don’t have to be an interior designer, though, to create a space that is stylish, welcoming, and spacious. Here are a few mistakes to avoid to make your home look its best.

When visiting furniture stores, you’ll often find matching sets of furniture for the living room or bedroom. The problem is that if you match everything in a room – furniture, fabrics, patterns — it all becomes one homogeneous look. That, in turn, can make a room look smaller. Don’t be afraid to mix and match some of the furniture, as long as the overall pieces work together.  If you do like coordinating décor, at least limit it to either the furnishings or the color. Look for variety in cushions, throws, and even in the fabric upholstery.

If you like bold color, it’s better to let the furniture be the source, rather than the walls. Strongly colored walls, particularly dark colors, really make a room seem to shrink. If you do want to use a strong color on the walls, limit it to one statement wall.

Although it may seem counter intuitive, placing all of the furniture up against the walls can make a room feel smaller and unbalanced. The large void in the center of the room is uninviting. Move your furniture out from against the walls, creating seating areas and groupings of furniture. Even if some of the furniture needs to be up against the wall, try to move other pieces away, even if it’s just a few inches, to make the walls seem further away than they are.

Finally, no matter how much space is available in the new homes in Otsego MN, if you have an excess of furniture and decorations, the rooms are going to feel small and overwhelming. When it comes to decorations, try setting out different groupings throughout the year, keeping the rest in storage while not in use. This way you don’t grow tired of seeing the same pieces all of the time and you can mix and match as you introduce new pieces. If there are certain pieces you can’t bear to put away, try to create a display shelf area specifically for special pieces.

When it comes to furniture, make sure you can easily move throughout the room. If you’ve got one easy chair too many, try moving it into a bedroom to create a comfy reading corner. Also try to avoid blocking windows with furniture. The open view of the window will help create a more open feel to the room.

Don’t get caught in a furniture rut; feel free to move pieces around and experiment and find what works best in your new home.

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