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Living in a teeny place in a big city? Or cohabitating with family and friends? While it’s better for the environment to have less stuff and more communal spaces, it can certainly feel a bit cramped at times when you want to spread out. On the plus side, it doesn’t take much to make your bedroom feel bigger. First things first: Tidy up. Then consider a few of these designer tricks to make your personal space feel bigger and better.
1. Choose a Light Color Palette
Create the illusion of more space with light paint colors. A crisp white or cream room will look bright, airy and open. Don’t have time to paint? As you decorate, use similar colors for a monochrome look. Tuck away that multi-colored afghan and those knick-knacks. It’s all about cohesion, so make it come together.
2. Think Double
Which pieces of furniture can do double duty? Think of the dual roles of any item. That trunk at the end of the bed? Store blankets inside and a basket of books on top.
A tiny console table? Put a lamp on it and use it for a desk. Make sure there’s ample storage underneath for a chair. This arched table in Brooklyn is a great example.
3. Create a Focal Point
Both BuzzFeedDIY and Homesessive share this tip for making a room feel bigger: Create a focal point. Whether it’s a bright blue tufted headboard or a bookshelf with color-organized books, let your eyes land on one section of your room.
4. Hang What You Can
Think beyond (and in addition to) clothes hanging. Hang up scarves from hooks on the wall. Hang plants. Make a DIY plant hanger with rope and beads. Get as much up off the ground as you can for a cleaner, airier space.