The main factor contributing to this feeling of narrowness in small spaces is clutter. Newspapers, magazines or books that hang out randomly in the living room add to this "closed" feeling. Just the simple fact of stacking magazines or arranging them neatly on a table will add space to a room. The kitchen table or the dining room is another culprit when it is stacked with mail, keys or other things that we tend to give up because 39 is faster and easier than storing them. The author had an aunt who lived in a very small house (so small that people called it a dollhouse) that was always neat and tidy and never made one feel at all cramped . Aunt Leta's motto was "everything in its place and everything is in its place". Above all, keep the floors clean and uncluttered.
Light-colored or neutral walls and floors add a sense of space to the environment. Leave the windows open and decorated with blinds that can be opened during the day and closed at night to preserve your privacy and / or consider the curtains that frame the windows rather than covering them. Too many pictures on the walls can close a room. Too much furniture can shrink your space and make it feel crowded. The furniture should not only be small, but should be light or neutral in color with perhaps one or two colored side tables. We think of light gray furniture embellished with blue and orange pillow splashes.
Let's move on to the dreaded kitchen, a place that seems particularly sensitive to this closed feeling. If you can afford it, a skylight is extremely useful for providing light and lightness. White cabinets and light neutral countertops with just a few often used strategically placed items can add a lot of space to the room.
Children's rooms can be helped by providing convenient places to store unused toys and games. A desk and a library in the room of an older child will provide space for storage of those items that often contribute to clutter such as books, CDs,
If you happen to be in the market for a new home, look for one with high or vaulted ceilings. It is strange how high ceilings can open a small house. Large windows will open the house and make it look bigger. Wood floors are less confining than wall-to-wall carpeting. Imagine the wood floors with some strategically placed rugs.
So you do not have to spend a lot of money to create an atmosphere of openness. This entire article seems mostly devoted to the importance of good housekeeping, is not it? Sorry about that! But it is important. So, let's get rid of the clutter, get rid of the dining room table and place an inexpensive accent or piece of conversation in the center. Then, sit in your favorite chair, look over the room and maybe through the window and enjoy the space you just created.