Transforming Small Spaces into Charming Places
In home listings across the country, the word small is often
replaced with a far more marketable and appealing word:
“charming.” But what makes a home charming compared to
small? How does a homeowner transition a cramped room into
a space with unique and appealing character?
Create special spaces & storage
Carefully consider the functions of any space, such as TV viewing,
reading or computer use, so that only the items needed for
those specific functions are stored there. Understanding how
this space is utilized will make it easier to establish dedicated
zones and supplies for each activity. For example, a small living
room area intended for TV should have a couch and chair,
coffee table, end table, and TV stand and TV – not much more.
Be sure to also create proper storage to manage and maintain
a clutter-free home. A great way to do this is add some built-in
storage like bookcases and cabinets. Chests or coffee tables
that can open up to store things will allow you to use the flat
surface above while taking advantage of the space underneath.
Make it larger with lighting
Clearing a small home of its clutter will automatically make it
seem larger. However, the illusion of more space can also be
enhanced with proper lighting. The right lighting will also play a
big role in helping create a more charming feel.
Recessed lighting is visually appealing and perfect for small
spaces. You can also affect a room’s lighting with low-cost or
no-cost solutions that make the most of the space’s built-in
features. For example, highlight windows instead of covering
them, or make the fireplace a focal point. Bay windows also really
help to open up a living room or kitchen dining area to make
it appear larger.
Add charming details
Woodwork is another simple embellishment that adds instant
character and charm without affecting usable space. A chair
rail, stair case newel post, crown molding, and even baseboards
can help take a standard space and outline it with interesting
architectural elements. A mirror, such as a pier mirror, can also
help brighten the room and make it seem larger than it is.
By managing clutter, using lighting to create bright and airy
spaces and incorporating simple architectural elements, you
can easily transform a cramped area into a charming and inviting
room that you – or a potential buyer – can enjoy.