When it comes to interior design, it seems many people are faced with downsizing at some point in their lives.  When a family is moving from a larger home to a much smaller one it can be a daunting task to figure out what to keep and what to either sell or give away to charity or to a child who is just setting out on their on life journey.

As with all interior design projects, the first order of business is to take an inventory of what you have decided you want to keep and move with you.  Once this is accomplished, you would want to measure the space you will be moving into and create a furniture floor plan.  This will be your road map to guide you on where everything will sit in the new home and will also open your eyes to more items that will probably need to be given away.  In order to keep things that you love and which may not be a perfect fit, you have to think multi-purpose uses.  That table that sat in your living room at the end of a sofa may need to double as your breakfast table and the cocktail table may need to be replaced with an ottoman for additional seating.

To make a small space appear larger, here are a few tricks that you can apply:

  1. Paint the walls of the space as well as the trim the same color, but do the trim in a gloss finish and the walls in an eggshell.  This way you have a little definition between the two but the space is seen as one color and not broken up with contrasting trim.
  2. Take full advantage of your accessories and art making them count so larger is not necessarily a bad thing.  Less is definitely more in this case so make what you use being important to you and to the space.
  3. Mirrors, both framed or unframed can make any space appear larger as it reflects what exists on the other side.  It can visually widen a room but be careful that what is reflected is something aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
  4. Lastly, if you are buying new pieces of furniture again think multi-use (and there is a lot out there), as well as scale.  Take a tape measure with you to the store and measure the pieces you see.  Your eye can be fooled in a store because the ceilings are high and the space bigger than you think and the scale can absolutely throw you.  So measure each piece and then lay it out by size in the room in which you wish to place it.



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