Tips For Making Your Space Feel Bigger

Tips For Making Your Space Feel Bigger

Rebecca Orlov
Oct 30, 2008

[Simple and eye catching,
is a pretty and resourceful accent.]

Last weekend, we enjoyed a long overdue few days of lounging around our apartment. Inbetween watching some good movies, making great dinners and doing laundry, we got the itch of..."Argh, this place is feeling small!!!" This happens every now and then since there are two of us living in an apartment that's under 700 sq feet. Most of the time, we are loving our small space, but when that itch comes around, we take a few steps to help us ride it out. After the jump, check out our own tips for making our space feel big again when it's feeling small.

[Aside from the great space, Gregory & Emily's Silverlake studio is sparking clean!]

1) REFRESH.
We spend a few hours cleaning our place. From vacuuming to cleaning the tub to windexing the windows and mirrors. These simple tasks makes our space feel bigger and we feel good too! We really appreciate our home even more when it's sparking clean.

2) REARRANGE.
We don't go crazy and rearrange the entire apartment - stability is a good thing. (Just ask Boy. He likes to keep the place as is) But if you have been wanting to make a change and you are feeling a bit antsy in your small space - go for it! Whether it's buying a piece you've been coveting or moving that chair over there or the couch to the other side of the room, rearranging your space will change the look, floor plan and perspective for you.

[We love our now hanging mirror that expands our space.]

3) RE-HANG.
We have framed artwork throughout our place and like to move them around from time time to time. Our Jazz art gallery has found a new home in our bathroom. And our leaning mirror is now hanging above our mirrored buffet. By reusing our own things and using our walls, our place feels new, bigger and it didn't cost a penny.

4) RESEARCH.
We love flipping through design magazines, catalogues and fashion look books. These guides are always beautifully art directed - even the fashion magazines showcase pretty home decor. Whenever we feel like we want a bigger space, we simply look through these guides to find inspiring color combinations, ways to place a piece of furniture we hadn't thought of or just general ideas for small spaces. It gives us a renewed energy in our home.

[The simple leaves on the table pop in front of Julie & Yoffy's pretty artwork.]
5) RESOURCEFUL. We enjoy buying flowers and plants for our home. Inexpensive and colorful, these little guys make us smile, add tone and opens up the space. If you happen to see some pretty branches or leaves on a walk, bring them home with you and create a nice centerpiece for your table or add a natural element to a vase on your bedside table.

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