Do you have a small room or rooms that you'd like to seem larger? One solution is to de-clutter the space/ But if you're not prepared to toss out your grandmother's antique furniture, it might be time to try some decorating tips that will help you make the best use of the space.

Here are some solutions to not only maximize the space you have but also to give it a larger feel:

 

GO LIGHTER

Paint the walls light or pale colors. This makes small rooms appear brighter and larger.

BUT DON'T BE BORING

This doesn't mean that everything in the room should be off-white. Adding bold accents with varying patterns, prints, and colors creates visual appeal and can distract the mind from the small space.

GO BRIGHTER

Adding more light can make all the difference- as long as it's without adding objects to a bookshelf, tables or floors. Think recessed lighting, wall sconces or skylights instead of floor or table lamps.

GO VERTICAL

Extend the cabinets, wall units and bookshelves to the ceiling. This applies to kitchen cabinets as well.

UTILIZE WALL SPACE

Place hooks and magnetic strips on walls in the kitchen and elsewhere and use them to get pots, pans, and other objects off tables and counters.

GROUP YOUR KNICK-KNACKS

When displaying items on shelves and tables, group them together to create empty spaces between collections. This neutral space gives your eyes a place to rest and created the illusion of more space.

SIZE MATTERS

It is easy to pick that oversized chair or ouch in a retail store's football-field-sized showroom only to get it home and discover that it's gargantuan. Measure both for space and the furniture before any purchase. Buying couches and chairs can create the illusion of space. Floor cushions are a great way to create seating without adding more furniture, They can be easily stored when not in use.

WATCH YOUR ANGLES

Shelves, tables chairs and couches that stick out at the wrong angle in a small room can draw the eye and make it appear even smaller. Look for furniture with softer angles and remove pieces that don't fit.