Living Large: 5 Ways to Make the Most of Small Spaces

Stumped by a small living room or discouraged by a too-tight dining room? Here are five easy ways to make your spaces look, feel, and live large.

  1. Look Beyond the Box. As a first step, stand in the middle of the room and look beyond the walls to the hallways and other connecting spaces. If you have any doors that aren’t necessary, remove them to create a longer vista and better flow. If you need the doors for temperature or sound control, consider replacing them with glass-paned French doors to allow more light into the room. Hang a piece of art in the hallway to draw the eye out of the space and make it feel more expansive.
  2. Paint Like a Designer. Of all the tricks of the interior design trade, paint is the easiest and most cost-effective way to transform a room. In general, dark colors make rooms feel smaller and more cozy while light colors such as white, ivory, pale gray, and pale blue make them feel larger and more open. If your woodwork, window trim, and ceiling moldings are a different color than the walls, consider painting everything in the same cool palette for a calming, seamless look. For a splash of glamour, paint the ceiling pale gold or silver metallic to draw the eye upwards and reflect the light.
  3. Think Big. Once you’ve created a serene, quiet backdrop, it’s time to think big. Instead of filling your room with a collection of small furniture, which can make it feel cluttered, choose a few clean-lined, large-scaled pieces. Look for tables, chairs, and other pieces made of glass or crystal-clear plastic that disappear in the room. Instead of placing beds, sofas, and other large pieces directly against the wall, let them float six to eight inches from the wall. If you watch TV in the bedroom, display it on a wall or splurge on a mirrored TV. If you don’t need a TV, hang an oversized mirror across from a window to reflect the incoming light and make the room feel bigger.
  4. Make Your Spaces Do Double Duty. Even if you’re short on rooms, it’s easy to increase the functionality of your home. If you have a dining room but no home office, use the table as a desk. Find an armoire at a consignment or thrift store and lacquer it glossy white or pale gray and fill it with your office supplies, dishes, and linens. If you have a living room but limited closet space, find an ottoman that serves as a coffee table, extra seating, and storage for blankets and other seasonal items. If you have a guest room but no workout room, consider replacing the bed with a Murphy bed that folds up into the wall to create floor space for yoga and other fitness routines.
  5. Treat Your Windows Right . Especially in small rooms, window treatments should be as simple as possible. For a streamlined look, choose painted wooden or fabric blinds in a light color and fit them within the window frame. If you prefer curtains, choose a simple, non-patterned fabric such as canvas, linen, or velvet. Place the curtain rods just below the moldings and make sure the panels are long enough to reach the floor. This will draw the eye upwards, making the room feel loftier and lighter.

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Realize Your Remodel with Finance by Cambria

Now that summer is upon us, it’s a great time to start planning your next kitchen or bath remodel with Cambria®. Whether you’re dreaming of a sparkling, all-white kitchen with pristine countertops and a stunning center island crafted of Ella™, or a sophisticated master bathroom with a coastal-chic vibe featuring Oakmoor™, Finance by Cambria is an ideal way to pay for your remodel.

Looking at a Fixer-Upper? The Benefits of a Renovation Loan

If you are searching for your dream home and are not finding what you are looking for, it may be time to consider a home that you can purchase and renovate into the home you’ve always wanted. If you don’t have the cash on hand to tackle a renovation after you purchase the home, consider a Renovation Loan. Here are more details and benefits of a Renovation Loan:

Color Your World: How to Pick the Perfect Paint

With the holidays just around the corner, October is a perfect time to give your rooms a fresh coat of paint in a fabulous new color. But, unless you’re a design professional, it can be challenging to pick the perfect palette with confidence. Here are some tips for getting it right the first time.

Ready. Set. Update! 5 Easy Weekend Projects

Ready to give your home a fresh new look? Pick a summer weekend, roll up your sleeves, and take on one of these simple, satisfying projects. If you’re better suited to playing creative director than contractor, enlist a local expert to help.

Jumpstart Your Remodel with Finance by Cambria

Now that spring is just around the corner, it’s a great time to start planning your next kitchen or bath remodel with Cambria. Whether you’re dreaming of a sparkling, all-white kitchen with pristine countertops and a stunning center island crafted of Ella™, or a sophisticated master bathroom featuring the elegant, serpentine swaths of Roxwell™, Finance by Cambria® is an ideal way to pay for your remodel.

Remodeling ROI: How to get the biggest bang for your renovation buck

If you’ve been thinking about remodeling your home, you’ve probably realized that it’s both an emotional and financial decision. For example, if you love to cook, a new kitchen with a chef-grade stove may bring you countless hours of joy and entertainment. But if you might be selling your home within the next few years, you also want to know the kitchen will pay for itself when the “For Sale” sign goes up in your front yard. Here are some tips to help you get the biggest bang for your renovation buck.

It’s Home Tour Season!

As home design enthusiasts know, summer is an exceptionally exciting time, because it’s when home tours are in full swing. Starting in June with the Artisan Home Tour and the Luxury Home Tour, home tour season offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the endlessly inspiring world of architecture, construction, and design.