Avoid These Common Design Mistakes

1. Leaving walls white. White walls won't technically make your space larger and they lack personality. Spice up your space, have a little fun and paint some color on your walls!

2. Using large-scale furniture. Oversized pieces can hog square footage, but using better-proportioned furniture can allow you to create a more functional and comfortable living space. 

3. Lack of light. Not lighting your space effectively makes it look smaller, if you can't see an area in your room it's as if it's not there! Capitalizing on natural light and bringing in artificial light is imperative. 

4. Using short shelving and cabinetry. Using full-scale shelves and cabinets that go all the way up to the ceiling visually draw the eye upward making the ceiling seem higher and your space feel larger.
5. Keeping clutter. Holding onto too much stuff and not throwing away clutter can make even a large space feel small. When in doubt, throw it out!
6. Using small-scale accessories. Large lamps, artwork, candles, vases and accessories create the appearance of greater space and more height. No wimpy lamps!

7. Not using mirrors. Mirrors reflect light, whether it's daylight or lamplight, and they visually make your space feel larger by adding depth and dimension.
8. Not capitalizing on your wall space. Think vertically and get your walls working for you! Mount shelving or storage systems up on your walls to display collections and store items so you don't waste precious table space. This will also help focus your items in one spot so your space feels more organized.
9. Using all wood furniture. It makes a room feel clunky and bottom heavy, but by mixing in glass-topped tables with wood pieces you give your room a lighter, airier and more open feel.
10. Using small area rugs. A small area rug can look like a postage stamp and make your room feel cramped, but using a large rug creates an extended visual line and gives the illusion of more square footage.