Lifestyle expert shares how to “live big in small spaces”


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Just because you have a small living space, doesn’t mean you can’t live large. All it takes is a little imagination and some key principles.

Joining us Sunday morning on Good Morning Connecticut, lifestyle expert Mar Jennings,shares some for whether you live in a small space and are looking to sell, or if you live in a small space but want it to feel big.

Watch the full by clicking on the video above. News 8 anchor Stephanie Simoni and Jennings address the following points:

  • Organize – Before you use your designer’s eye, take stock of that which you need and that which you do not. Less is more with small spaces. Make lists, piles and whittle your stuff down to control clutter. Then you can start to organize what is left, as in this clever closet organization that makes use of every square inch.
  • Multifunction – Have nothing in your small space that is not beautiful and useful, in fact, the more uses an item can serve the better. This cuts down on the mere number of things you must possess to live large. Ottomans with storage inside, tables with drawers and shelves, and bookcase headboards are just some examples of multifunction.
  • Go Vertical – Think about using every bit of space. Under-bed storage, and furniture with built-in cubbies are great, but don’t forget the walls. Clever shelving options, hooks and cabinets provide extra feet of storage in every room.
  • No Boundaries – Do not chop up your space, but keep the layout wide open. This gives the illusion and feel of larger living. Little rooms the size of cubbies does just the opposite. In order to create different living spaces, use furniture groupings and throw rugs.
  • Lighten Up – There is nothing like Mother Nature’s natural lighting. Lots of windows with minimal coverings, mirrors and reflective surfaces will bounce light around opening up the space. Keep paint colors neutral and bright to continue the sense of lightness. In darker corners, add lighting that is fit for purpose.

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