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Tips to create space in your home

Need room to breathe? Here are some tips to create space...
Most house have at least one small room. While small and cozy works for some, others prefer larger, airier rooms to allow things to look more spacious. Designers get paid thousands of Rands to help clients ‘transform’ rooms but if you are looking to do-it-yourself, then the following tips can help you easily create more room within a small space.

Use similar colours and textures - Using colours on opposite ends of the colour wheel breask up a room and makes each of the pieces seem smaller than one continuous colour. As windows often become a focal point, it’s important to use a blind that doesn’t distract from the openness the window provides. Neutral colours are the best bet, blending into wall colours.

Mirrors give the illusion of space - Placing one large mirror on the wall reflects light which makes rooms look larger. A single mirror will also create the illusion of doubling the room. While ceiling to floor mirrors have fallen out of fashion for most, they do expand a room. Use window treatments to frame a scenic photo or piece of art – “Bringing the outdoors in” is a popular expression for designers. Using a scenic images that is well lighted, framed with blinds lets people feel they are closer to the outdoors and helps expand a small room. Try to stay away from several small pieces of art as they tend to break up the room and make it feel smaller.

Use window blinds to control light - Windows are one of the best ways to make a small room feel big. Using the proper window blinds can allow light in during sunny times and conserve energy when it’s cooler out or vice-versa. If the window looks out onto another building, use window blinds to creat privacy but not block out light entirely. The brighter a room the more spacious it feels. Translucent cellular shades or sheer roller shades permit light to pass through but diffuse it so that people on the opposite side are not clearly visible. The shades offer a diffused glow, adding the illusion of warmth.

Think clean - One of biggest distractions in a room is clutter. The more there is in a room, the smaller it will feel. Create a focal point, whether its the window, bed, a sofa or painting and work around that. Keep only what is essential for the room to function. The rest can go. There can be a lot of challenges when decorating a room without a designer. It can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be - with the right information.

Samantha Baldwin is a Durban Real Estate Agent who has worked at Remax Panache for the past 10 years - her office is situated in Newport avenue in Glenashely (across the road from the post office).  Samantha specialises in Sales and Rentals and is now also a Certified Distressed Property Expert ( CDPE - can assist sellers wo are behind in bond payments to sell thir home - hassle free and with no Judgements).  Sam has 2 Children Demi-Jean 5 and Douglas 9 and juggles her 2 passions - her children and her work to create a balance! You can email Sam on