We often want to update a room to make it feel bigger – here are eight tips to maximize the capacity of any area.


1. Be Realistic: Before purchasing furniture, consider your daily routine. Do you actually eat at the dining table or do most meals take place on the couch and coffee table? Do you often work from home or would a desk see minimal use? Keeping these things in mind will help reduce the clutter of unused bulky furniture. 2. Size Matters: It’s tempting to opt for a small floor rug when decorating, especially in a tiny area, but in reality, a larger rug that fills most of the room draws the eye wider and makes the space appear bigger than it really is. Small rugs accentuate the lack of square footage and visually break up the floor. 3. Double Duty: When selecting furniture, ensure it serves multiple purposes. Nesting tables are a great example as they can be used as end tables or to hold drinks and food, and are built to neatly stack together, taking up less space when you’re not using them. Ottomans are another great multi-purpose piece as they offer additional storage, provide hideaway seating for guests or can be used as a coffee table.
4. Colour Coding: Give each area or room in your home a distinct colour palette so the transition from space to space is more noticeable, further defining each area. When painting walls and trim, Taniya recommends using her go-to tool, FrogTape® brand painter’s tape. This premium painter’s tape makes it easy to achieve the sharpest paint lines possible and get professional-looking results. 5. Go Vertical: If you’ve been blessed with high ceilings, take advantage! Install floor-to-ceiling curtains to create the illusion of taller windows and a bigger space. You also should stack storage units and shelving to combat the lack of floor square footage. 6. Let There Be Light: Small rooms can feel dark due to tiny or non-existent windows. To combat this, add plenty of light sources to brighten up the space. Prevent cluttering the floor with cords and end tables with lamps by installing sconce lighting that’s mounted on the wall.
7. Mirror, Mirror: A well-placed mirror is a small room’s best friend. It can amplify light, make your area feel larger and can even replicate another window if placed across from the real deal. 8. Embrace Your Size: The sooner you accept that you have a small space, the quicker you can start taking steps to make the most of it and craft chic surroundings!

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