There's a common belief that rooms will feel larger and be
easier to use if all the furniture is pushed against the walls, but that isn't
the case. Instead, furnish your space by floating furniture away from walls.
Reposition sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groups, and place pieces
so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious.
2. Make It Bigger
To make a room appear to be bigger than it is, paint it the
same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a
seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space. Another design
trick: If you want to create the illusion of more space, paint the walls the
same color as your drapery. It will give you a seamless and sophisticated look.
3. Vary Wall Hangings
If your home is like most, the art is hung in a high line
encircling each room. Big mistake. Placing your pictures, paintings and prints
in such stereotypical spots can render them almost invisible. Art displayed
creatively makes it stand out and shows off your space. So break up that line
and vary the patterning and grouping.
4. Three's Company
Mixing the right accessories can make a room more inviting.
When it comes to eye-pleasing accessorizing, odd numbers are preferable,
especially three. Rather than lining up a trio of accessories in a row, imagine
a triangle and place one object at each point. Scale is important, too, so in
your group of three be sure to vary height and width, with the largest item at
the back and the smallest in front. For maximum effect, group accessories by
color, shape, texture or some other unifying element, stagers suggest.
5. Prim and Polished
Having tile professionally painted can make a bathroom look
brand new. And accessorizing can make buyers feel like they're in a spa. Put
out items like rolled-up towels, decorative baskets and candles. It's a great
way to create a polished look, and it doesn't cost much to do.
*These tips were found on HGTV.com