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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

DECORATING WITH JEANIE - SMALL ROOM TIPS


Last week I talked about how applying color to a ceiling can make a small room appear larger. Here are five more tips for creating the illusion of a larger room.

1. Place a large mirror on the wall opposite a window. The mirror will both reflect light and create an illusion of a more spacious room.

2. If you live in an older house where doors separate halls, living room, dining room, and kitchen, remove the doors. This will create more of an open concept feel without the expense of tearing down walls.

3. Mounting curtain rods close to the ceiling will make ceilings feel higher and windows taller.

4. If you have a small dining room or eat-in kitchen space, use a glass-top table to make the room appear larger and less broken up with furniture.

5. Vertical patterns draw the eye upward. Try papering an accent wall in a vertical striped paper or paint vertical stripes on the wall. Using the same color paint but alternating a matte and semi-gloss finish will create a subtler effect but still create the illusion of height.

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