Everything is too small!
Lacy
April 22, 2013 in Design Dilemma
My boyfriend built a very small starter home and went cheap on everything. Men! What are some of the best tricks to maximize small rooms on a affordable budget? What colors make rooms look bigger versus smaller? If we can make only a few update where should we focus? Etc. Thanks for the help!
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Purcell Quality, Inc.
Lacy, do you have any photos?
April 22, 2013 at 7:52am   
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Lacy
I don't. I'll try and take some tonight and post them!
April 22, 2013 at 7:54am   
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Belman Living LLC
If your goal is to make the room appear larger, go with lighter shades. But if you want to accentuate its coziness, opt for rich, saturated hues.
April 22, 2013 at 7:56am     
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Lacy
I am a complete home decor newbie! What are rich, saturated hues? Sorry, please don't be annoyed by my lack of knowledge! :-/
April 22, 2013 at 7:58am   
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Belman Living LLC
Hue, saturation, and brightness are aspects of color in the red, green, and blue.
April 22, 2013 at 8:14am     
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ASVInteriors
Saturated hues are the full strength colours - so you have a strong red, a tint is when you add white to make it turn pink and light, or shade when you add grey or black to turn it dark.....
April 22, 2013 at 8:14am     
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Lacy
oh gotcha! Im learning already! :-)
April 22, 2013 at 8:16am     
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decofriend
Saturated colors are those that contain a lot of the color pigment. Adding white to the color gives you a lighter tint of the color . The more white added the more light reflection you get which expands a space. Large windows can let in lots of light and expand the room so minimal window coverings in light airy fabrics are best. Lots of small furnishings create clutter.Choose furniture carefully leaving. Use larger pieces where needed and keep surroundings to a minimum. I like to empty a room completely and then return only attractive functional pieces to serve the purpose of the space. Best wishes!!
April 22, 2013 at 8:26am     
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mpoulsom
BIG MIRRORS wherever you can use them!! That will help make it feel larger at least...
April 22, 2013 at 8:57am     
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mpoulsom
and probably decorating in a more monotone style with help as well....use glass as well. in your tables, shelving, whatever and wherever. If you don't have to use window treatments for privacy then i would leave the windows naked as well! If you need to add window treatments, hang your curtain rods to the ceiling so that the ceilings feel taller and hang curtain panels to the floor.
April 22, 2013 at 9:02am     
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Lacy
I've got some great ideas from you all! Keep them coming :-)
April 22, 2013 at 9:08am   
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mpoulsom
Look at what they did to this wall behind the headboard....
also buy smaller furniture to fit the rooms....nothing too big.

You can also find some old doors or old windows and use the frames putting mirror behind them. They will look like you have more windows, if you need it to look that way, plus the natural light from the other windows will reflect that light.
April 22, 2013 at 9:16am     
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mpoulsom
oops forgot pic....lol

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