5 Tips to Make Your Space Feel Bigger

bigger space tips

Recently, I moved from a three-bedroom home to a one-bedroom apartment.  I had to get rid of a lot of stuff… and it was hard!  Now, with a lighter load so to speak, I feel my apartment looks better than my house did and has the illusion of a bigger space.

Maybe you are moving into your first place or like myself, are downsizing.  How will you make this small apartment feel like a bigger space and still feel like home?  Here are five tips that worked for me…

  1. Plants add color and freshness to a home. I love having fresh flowers and a few green plants in my space.  (Farmer’s Market season!) The green color really pops with the lighter palette.
  2. Less is more. With my new space I didn’t feel the need to cover every wall with pictures. I wanted it to feel homey without being overdone.  I left space on the walls, on the tables, etc.  I picked my very favorites things to display and saved the rest or donated it.
  3. Lighten up the colors in your small space.  As you can see(photo below), I chose a white, beige, gray color scheme and it feels lighter and spacious because of it.  An accent wall in a darker color is great but lighter walls will give a more spacious illusion.
  4. Ceiling to floor curtains add height and make the room appear bigger. I just love my striped curtains and how they give height and pattern to my living room and bedroom.
  5. Furniture size is important in a small space. Choose furniture that is smaller scale, so you aren’t crowded by large, over-sized pieces that make it difficult to move around.  Have defined walkways.


bigger space tips

These are a few suggestions for making your new, smaller space work efficiently and give you the warm feeling of home.  I often find inspiration on blogs too. A couple of my favorites are Thistlewood Farm and Finding Home. Share your tips in the comments. Happy Decorating!


  • Amy France-Vena is not only a Horizon Realty Group property manager, she is also a resident! Amy is a certified stager and before joining Horizon, she had her own staging company. Her skills have certainly come in handy at the property she manages, The Uptown Regency. Looking for a new home with a built-in manager/decorator? Find Amy there!

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