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living in a bigger home - without remodeling

Our friend Joel McDonald sends the following dispatch:

Does your house seem too small? There are a few inexpensive things you can do that will make your home seem larger to guests and prospective buyers. This can certainly be an advantage when you are selling a smaller home. You may well like the results enough to reduce the urgency of moving!

  1. Wall Color – Use colors that give a warm feeling such as red, orange and browns. These colors can make a room look larger and more welcoming. To give a room added depth, you might want to try the approach of using light shades on three walls of the room and a coordinated darker tone of the same color on the other one.
  2. Using Light – When your home is small, lighting becomes very important. To make a room appear larger there should be plenty of light to increase an impression of being unconfined. Shine lights on walls so they will look brighter. Consider having controls installed that will allow you to adjust the intensity of the lighting in each room for different times of day.
  3. Minimize the Furniture – Rooms that have too much furniture in them will look smaller. The more crowded a room is, the smaller it will appear. Be sure not to crowd your furniture together when you want to make a room look larger. Avoid putting large armchairs and sofas in small spaces. To maximize space, try to use dual purpose furniture. An example would be a that opens up for magazine or pillow storage avoids the need for space that would be taken by a second dedicated item.
  4. Accessories – The accessories you use to decorate your house have an impact on how large or small it appears. Use light colored curtains to allow light to come in during the daytime. Choose light colored furniture, or as an expedient you can use light colored covers and accent pieces for the furniture, because choosing light colors will usually give a more relaxed, open appearance to the room.
  5. Storage Plan – Having efficient storage is an important consideration in limited spaces. The more clutter in your home, the smaller and less attractive it will look. Select storage systems and solutions that fit your family's needs and lifestyle. When you eliminate clutter, your house will seem more appealing to guests and prospective buyers – and you will be happier there too.
  6. Mirrors Can Add Size – Use wall mirrors in carefully planned locations to give the appearance of depth to a room. There is hardly anything you can do that will be more effective in making a room appear to be larger. Mirrors can be attractive in themselves, and they serve the additional and very pertinent purpose of adding apparent size rather directly to a small room.

These techniques can save you a lot of expense and effort in the necessary task of making it more attractive and marketable. Given all the things you have to do in preparing a home for sale, these suggestions are among the best ways to improve the value of your home as well as simply making it look great.

This content was provided by your Denver real estate experts in Colorado, Automated Homefinder.