Creating More Space Within a Room for the Holidays

Even if you have a small room, there’s some general redecorating and remodeling that you can do to make it seem a little larger than usual. Space is an issue that almost everyone deals with during the holidays because they tend to entertain large groups of people with small rooms. However, in order for remodeling to truly work towards your advantage, you have to know how to capitalize and make use of the spaces that you already have present within your household. Whether this is a vaulted ceiling or some other option, if you know how to properly use your space or redefine how it is used, people will always assume that they are in a larger space.

If you have areas of the room that are overlooked by small balconies, it’s time to consider adding to those spaces. Generally, people leave these areas empty, which can be a huge mistake when you are trying to improve the overall quality and size of the room itself. Decorating more selectively in these areas can make it seem as if your room is bigger from the ceiling. The alternative option that many people choose during remodeling is to create various heights and shelf-like areas where they can display their items. Using shadowboxes in these areas with your lighting can also provide the illusion that the room is bigger than it actually is.

Individuals who are using a room that has a picture window should consider how they are utilizing the window during their remodeling and redecorating phase. Window dressing is one of the many simple changes that can be used to make a room seem more spacious. Instead of using traditional blinds, using sheers and pulling them aside can give the illusion that the room is bigger by also creating the notion that there is a large window within the room. There are many people who create a faux picture window for this reason, because it can make it seem as if there is another entry way to a different part of the house or as if there are numerous rooms with picture windows.

Consider your furnishings. If you are in a small room but there are plenty of large furnishings, it’s going to seem like a legitimately smaller room. By using options such as small ottomans or other related small furniture pieces, you create the illusion of greater space.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.