What's the biggest small-space no-no? We asked interior designers to dish on decorating flubs to avoid.
- "Playing it safe. Instead, put a large-scale printed fabric or wallpaper on the walls and even the ceiling. It's easier, safer, and less expensive to be dramatic in a small space. You might get tired of a bold print in the main living area, but it can make a smaller, less-used room an exciting space to spend time." -VICTORIA NEALE
- "Cramming the space with too much stuff. A large piece of furniture can actually make the space feel larger, as long as it's selected carefully. For instance, if you have the benefit of high ceilings, a tall cabinet appropriately placed has the effect of drawing one's eye upward and away from the small footprint of the room. Just make sure every piece counts and holds its place and lets your eye rest." -LAURA KIRAR
- "Not paying enough attention to the color of flooring and walls. Lighter walls and lighter floors do automatically give the illusion of more space." -MARY MCGEE
- "Not strategizing. Decide everything that needs to happen in a room, and then work that legerdemain, baby. Divide a room geometrically into task-oriented zones-working, sleeping, relaxing, dining. Think in halves, quarters, or even on the diagonal and assign a function to each section." -ELAINE GRIFFIN
- "White walls. Paint the room a dark charcoal gray or Ralph Lauren's Black Truffles, one of my favorites. This will actually really open up the space." -PAUL MATHIEU
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