4 interior design tips for small homes

by Jacqui Zuzgo 11/20/2022

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Living in a tiny home or studio apartment? Smaller living areas can be cozy, but sometimes it’s a challenge to get the most out of less space. Here’s a beginners guide to interior design for the small spaces in your home.

Add depth

Adding depth to your room can make a small space appear larger. Adding reflective mirrors or glass does a fantastic job accomplishing this. Reflective surfaces give the illusion of more space in a room. Painting and decorating with light shades can make the space feel even more dimensional, open and airy. 

After you’ve added depth, it’s essential to utilize the area to the best of its capability. The next section reviews how to get the most out of the space in your small home. 

Every corner can be a hangout space

Every corner in your home can be useful and fun. For example, you may enjoy board games. Add a coffee table with storage space to your living room. You can enjoy light refreshments with your household along with creating a space to enjoy the games you love. 

Open furniture layout in all rooms

It’s essential to make sure there’s enough open floor space in your home for movement. Small homes can become cramped quickly. Using more compact furniture helps to give the appearance of more room. For example, a two-seater dining table can be added to your kitchen. This leaves more kitchen space open to maneuver.  

Make the most of vertical space

As the last section mentioned, you want to keep your space open for free movement. Vertical furniture can help you get the most out of small spaces. For example, bunk beds can hold two individuals and don’t take up as much floor room as two separate beds. 

You can create space in your small home with the right layouts. Add reflective surfaces to any small room for depth. Keep an open furniture layout and make the most of vertical space.

About the 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.


  • 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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