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Question 4: How do I make a small room look bigger?
Answer: There are many tricks designers use to make a space feel larger. Sometimes we use light paint to open it up, and sometimes dark to make it feel dramatic. Here are photos showing both ways. Furniture has to be in proportion to the space. Don't use that over stuffed, big armed sofa you inherited! Condo sized furniture with multi-functionality is key. Leave a little space between furniture and walls. A large mirror and large art is key. Use a few larger accessories and avoid adding too much clutter. Tall draperies can also make the space feel larger.
Question 5: I have no idea how to decorate the built-ins that are on either side of my fireplace. Any ideas?
Answer: This is the #1 question I get, so I am added extra pictures for this one! The key is to honor the space. Don't put little items in big areas-that is the #1 problem I see people do. The disproportion will always feel off. Don't over-stuff the space, either. Conversely, don't leave a bunch of shelves blank. Try to mix some plants in with some nice sized accessories, add a few books (not hundreds) and a few of your favorite photos. Put some art on easels for a fun touch.