1. Clean It Up: Being able to see the tops of your surfaces is always a plus. Clear the clutter and try thinning down a collection or two to lighten the visual load.
2. Lighten Up: Overhead lighting can be harsh and make things feel a little drab. Try adding a few uplights, table lamps or even rope lights behind your headboard or sofa to give things a soft glow. By reducing the shadows and lighting things up a little, your space will not only feel warmer, but larger as well.
3. Reflect, Reflect, Reflect: Although mirrors above the bed are probably out in most cases, sneaking them in around the home is a fabulous idea. Sure you can hang them on the wall, but try placing a mirrored plate under a lamp or attach a few to the front panel of a night stand and you'll bounce light and more space all around.
4. Reach for the Sky: It's easy to hang things at eye level and curtains at the top of the window. Instead try taking things all the way to the ceiling to fool the eye. If you can't make the floor plan bigger, make it feel taller!
5. Shrinky Dinks (Furniture): It doesn't matter if you've had your eye on the most amazing couch for the last 4 years and you've been saving to buy it. If it doesn't fit and will impede the sense of flow around the room, it's time to look at alternatives. Although your pieces might feel just fine, reducing the overall footprint things can help free up some space physically and mentally.
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