Small Living: How to Make Your Small Room Seem Larger

by Jacqui Zuzgo 04/24/2022

Small living spaces can present some unique challenges with furnishing and decorating. Whether you're dealing with a cramped living room or a tiny bedroom, there are some practical steps you can take to make your space feel larger and more functional.

1. Hang Window Treatments High

The right window treatments can really open up even the smallest of rooms. However, it's all a matter of how you hang them. When installing curtains in a smaller room, hang curtain rods at least a few inches above the top of your windows to create the illusion of taller ceilings. From there, choosing a curtain length that will drape to the floor can further elongate the appearance of your walls.

2. Decorate With Reflective Materials

When choosing decor for your small room, opt for reflective materials. This can include not only mirrors, but glass and metallic decor as well. When you decorate with these materials, they reflect light, which can make the space appear larger. 

Mirrors are especially effective because when strategically placed and paired with a light source. They can simultaneously create the illusion of more space while brightening up an otherwise dark room.

3. Scale Down Your Furniture

Making a small space as functional as possible will help you best use even the tiniest room, and one of the best ways to improve function in a small space is to scale down your furniture. Rather than opting for that huge sectional in your tiny living room, you might be better off choosing a small loveseat with a couple of eye-catching accent chairs. Buying furniture that is scaled down to suit your space will help you get the best use out of it. Meanwhile, you can avoid overcrowding a petite space with oversized furniture.

You don't need to be a professional interior designer to employ a little strategy when decorating your small space. With these simple yet effective tips, you'll be well on your way to furnishing and decorating any small living space in your home with greater confidence. From there, you can get the most out of every precious square foot.

About the Author
Author

Jacqui Zuzgo

I have been a REALTOR® in Massachusetts since 1984 and hold both a salesman and broker license. I am currently affiliated with Five College REALTORS® located at 190 University Drive, Amherst, MA. Over my career, I have consistently been a Top Producer in the Pioneer Valley and have gained a reputation for being a strong-minded, no-nonsense negotiator in the industry. I also frequently rank highly on Boston’s Top 20 for sales in Western Massachusetts. Some of my best qualities include my listening and communication skills. I have time and again proven to work well under pressure with exceptional attention to detail. My commitment to my clients and professionalism is obvious in every transaction.

Representing both buyers and sellers in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, as well as assisting in relocations throughout the United States and globally has helped me embrace the need for quality performance and develop an acute and sincere sensitivity to people's needs. Honing in on what matters most is almost a sixth sense. Communication and awareness of the situation at hand produce a final result that has undoubtedly led to the large referral business I maintain.

Education has been a theme throughout my 30 years of experience. Well versed in technology and holding key designations have proven to be assets to my performance and dedication to the Real Estate field. My never-ending enthusiasm, availability, knowledge and drive make for a seamless transaction every client, every time.

I am a native of the Pioneer Valley. I am committed to sharing all the area has to offer in making your transition, whether long distance or short, a satisfying experience.

Education:

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Bachelor of Science 1983
  • Top Individual Seller for Residential Sales in the Pioneer Valley since 2006.
  • #1#1 Realtor in the entire Franklin/Hampshire Counties for Millions Sold since 1999.
  • Highest producer in sales since 2004 in Franklin/Hampshire Counties.
  • ABR®– Accredited Buyer's Representative
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist (only 3% of REALTORS® hold a CRS)
  • e-PRO – Digital Marketing, Certified e-PRO Realtor®
  • GRI – Graduate, Realtors® Institute
  • SRES– Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Biographical Highlights:

Life long, active member of the community, born & raised in the Pioneer Valley. Graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS 1983.

Current Committee Involvement:

Member of the local Chamber of Commerce - Post Board of Director's member Volunteer for the Road to Recovery.

Greenfield Community College Foundation Board Member 

Greenfield Savings Bank Corporator

MLS Professional Standards Committee Member

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