4 tips to make your Mid Silicon Valley small rooms look larger when selling your house

Vicki Moore
Published on May 24, 2017

4 tips to make your Mid Silicon Valley small rooms look larger when selling your house



Tiny homes are now a fixture in the real estate world.  They aren’t as big of a rage some make think, but a minimalist lifestyle is on many American’s bucket lists.  (Not mine. I want a closet the size of a tiny home.)

One of the most important aspects of staging your Mid Silicon Valley home for sale is to declutter to make rooms, closets and cabinets appear roomier. Believe it or not, with strategic staging, even the tiniest spaces can look larger.

1. Lighten and brighten

Dark rooms have a cave-like quality – small and cramped. Obviously, adding more light will help, so opt for smaller lamps spread around the room. These will draw the eyes around the space, making it seem larger. If the room is so small that it lacks the furniture to hold lamps, consider using floor lamps to lighten up dark corners.

One trick designers use is track lighting. It’ll make your Mid Silicon Valley rooms less cluttered and they add light across the room. Use small lights in the track lighting; large lights may overwhelm a small space.

2. Paint

Paint is the miracle cure for things that ail any Mid Silicon Valley home. Not only does it freshen up a room but, choose your color strategically, and it will help the room appear much larger than it is.

Surf the internet to find which colors make a room look larger and you’ll see that most swear that white is the best. Professional designers say that’s not the choice to make. They’re taught that “light colors advance and dark colors recede,” and visual perception tests back this up, dark colors will actually make the room seem larger.  But we’re not designing here – we’re staging.  So go with Swiss coffee for the walls and white for the trim. Remember though, trends change.  Get in touch with your favorite realtor to see what’s trending now.

Sherwin Williams experts say that if the walls seem to be closer to you, it makes the room feel smaller.  So gray walls would seem to be farther away, giving the impression of more space between you and the walls – making for a bigger feeling room.

3. Choose accessories carefully

Too many accessories make a small space look cluttered making it look even smaller than it already is.  You’ll need to be ruthless when editing the room of the excess accessories. A good approach would be to remove everything and then only add a few things you love back into the room.

When it comes to artwork, hang the largest, most interesting and colorful on the wall furthest from the door. “By drawing the eye to a distant spot that has a striking visual element, you expand the perceived depth of field,” Jeffrey Blum of SixZero6 Design says. “It gives the space a way-over-there feeling.”.

Another trick with photographs and artwork is to hang them lower than you normally would. “It gives the impression of a taller ceiling,” according to the experts at Amara, a discount luxury home fashion retailer.

Read: Millennials have hit the Mid Silicon Valley home market. Learn how to appeal to them to get your house sold.

4. Furniture placement

Too much furniture and overly large and heavy furniture will make a small room feel cramped, but even smaller furniture won’t work if it’s not placed strategically. Pull the sofa out so that it’s 3 to 4 inches from the wall. “Leaving space creates the illusion a wall is further away than it actually is,” suggests the Amara designers.

Tall bookcases or shelves hung all the way to the ceiling also create an illusion of more room by emphasizing the vertical space. “Higher placement of design features helps create the feeling of volume in the room,” according to Houzz contributor Neila Deen.

Read:  8 Strategies for the Most Successful Mid Silicon Valley Garage Sale Ever

Today’s Real Estate article “4 tips to make your Mid Silicon Valley small rooms look larger when selling your house” was written by Vicki Moore, Today Sotheby’s International Realty.

You’ll find Vicki selling homes in Mid Silicon Valley, San Mateo County, in the cities of  Foster City Homes and Condos For SalePacifica Homes and Condos for SaleRedwood City Homes and Condos For SaleRedwood Shores Homes and Condos For SaleSan Carlos Homes and Condos For SaleSan Mateo Homes and Condos For Sale.

Call Vicki at 650-888-9268 or email [email protected] if you have questions about boosting your home’s value.

Vicki Moore, a licensed California Real Estate Agent, CA BRE 01234539, serving Mid Silicon Valley | San Mateo County since 1998. Today Sotheby’s International Realty, San Carlos, CA. You can speak with Vicki by calling/texting her at 650-888-9268 or you can email her at: [email protected] if you need to sell your Mid Silicon Valley home.

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