The Free, No-Reno Trick That Will Make Your Space Look So Much Bigger

Do it right now!

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Shophouse Design

Let's be honest: Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest ones, and that's certainly true in interior design. While there are myriad tricks in the book for making small spaces feel larger (proper rug placement, large-scale wallpaper, properly sized furniture), Betsy Helm and Kiley Baun of Shophouse Design, July/August 2019's Next Wave designers, may have offered up the simplest one yet.

The duo's suggestion for instantly opening up a space (at least visually) requires no renovation, no remodeling, and—best of all—no cash. When asked for their best under-$100 trick to improve a space, the duo said "pull the furniture away from the wall!"

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Creeping to the center of the room may sound counter-intuitive in a small space, but trust us—and these designers—it works. When all furniture is pushed to the edge, it creates a heavy border around the room, only emphasizing the small size. Having space behind furniture allows the room to breathe a bit, promoting light flow and instantly making it feel more open. Plus, having furniture arranged somewhere other than as absolutely far out as you can push it indicates there's more thought to the arrangement of furniture than just "get it out of the way as much as possible."

So, if you're feeling a little cramped in your current home, try moving things around a bit—after all, if you decide you don't like it, you can just move it back.

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