Making the Most of Small Living SpacesAre you tired of living in a cramped home? Is the living room a maze of furniture, or can you barely see the dark, gloomy walls behind all the clutter? Your small living space isn't cozy anymore, it's claustrophobic. Don't move or pay for an expensive home remodel. There are better ways to make a small space seem larger, from easy design tricks that fool the eye, to window upgrades that increase the physical space available.
Visual Spacial Tricks:
- Use a Bright Color Scheme. Dark colors make a space feel claustrophobic. Instead, paint your walls and ceiling a soothing pale neutral or welcoming pastel.
- Install Mirrors. Mirrors give different design effects and visually expand a space without you having to knock down a single wall. Small, round mirrors add a romantic note and full-length mirrors in minimalist frames have a modern vibe.
- Keep Wall Art to a Minimum. A wall that's crowded with photos and posters looks cramped. Highlight just a few key pieces, and rotate the rest in and out with the holidays, or when you want a change.
Streamlining what you own:
- Ditch Clutter. Pair household items down to the essentials. Donate or toss what you never use, stow seasonal items in the garage or attic, and keep on the counters only what you use daily, such as the coffee machine.
- Prioritize Furniture. Choose a minimal number of favorite pieces that coordinate with the room's decor. Keep or buy flexible items like an expanding table, or folding chairs that can be put out of the way in a closet.
Bow or Bay WindowsThe right model of Bow or Bay Window can do a lot for your home. It expands the room naturally and functionally, adds an attractive design element, and increases energy efficiency.
Advanced Window Products' Bow and Bay Windows:
- Energy Efficient
- Durable, coated in Low E366
- Installed with watertight weather stripping
- Slide up, swing open, or have screened window insets
- Come in multiple colors and designs
- Price points for different budget