"Go Monochrome

Before you fall down a Pinterest rabbit hole of the best paint pairings for your dream shade, consider this advice from Baltimore-based interior designer Mona Hajj. "You don't want to break up the room with color," she says. "Use one color on the walls, the molding, the ceiling, even the windows. The idea is to not interrupt the space." The consistent color scheme creates the illusion of a larger area, so focus on a tone that helps the whole room work together.

Lighten Up

Rachel Denbow of A Beautiful Mess was frustrated with the heavy, dark bookshelf in her sons' bedroom, so she decided to cover the panels with a handmade lining. The fix was cheap, easy, and made the space feel less cramped. "After the lining went up, the room felt bigger," says Rachel. "And I was able to style it with some of their keepsakes and favorite books which then freed up much needed closet space in our small bungalow." Rachel explains that linings "can turn a boring eyesore in your space into a design feature," saving you space and adding to the room's aesthetic appeal. 

Floor It

Too many textures on your floor can make the space look smaller than it is, and different patterns may make a room look cluttered or dark. Sticking to one type of flooring, whether it be tile, wood or a rug that covers the entire room, will be your best move to make your spaces feel wider. "


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