Can You Make a Room Look Bigger?

If you are selling your home or just looking to redecorate, one thing you may want to do is make the rooms look bigger. Here are some tips on how to make the rooms in your home appear larger:

Use an oversize mirror to enhance the effect of light. Mirrors reflect both natural and artificial light making a room bigger and brighter.

Glass-topped tables and see-through furniture can create an illusion that enhances the room with a more open flow.

Clear the clutter. There’s nothing that makes a small space feel even more cramped than having too much stuff. Rooms with everything in place have a certain flow to them. A room without clutter has a more streamline look and a larger appearance.

Light colored walls will also make your rooms appear bigger. Colors such as cream, beige, light grayish-blue and lavender will reflect and multiply the light giving the room an airy feel.

Use dual-purpose furniture. Furniture that doubles as storage increases the function of each space.  Pieces like an entryway bench with storage space or a flip-top ottoman are great ways to combine furniture and function.

Use vertical space to create storage and maximize those out-of-the-way areas in your home.

Utilize those out-of-the-way nooks like the area under a flight of stairs.


Don’t Be a Bad Borrower

Getting approved for a loan isn’t always a good thing. You have to make sure you are a good borrower. What makes a bad borrower? There are several types of loans you should avoid if you don’t want to overextend yourself and potentially damage your credit rating.

Payday loans Interest rates on pay day loans often run high into the triple digits.  They are designed to be extremely short-term. Pay day loans often put borrowers in a cycle of debt that can be difficult to break because borrower usually can’t pay off the original loans and keep returning to the service.

Car title loans Borrowing against an asset is usually never a good idea. Most car title loans charge interest with an annual percentage rate of well over a 100 percent and they are generally due within one month. If the borrower can’t pay back the loan, the lender will take your car and sell it.

Tax refund anticipation loans Another loan with an extremely high interest rate is a tax refund anticipation loan. If you need more money you can change the amount that’s withheld from your paycheck. That way you give yourself a raise and the government takes only the amount that’s owed.

Co-signing a loan Co-signing a loan for someone else has you taking on all of the responsibility of another financial obligation with none of the benefits. Too often co-signers find themselves left with the loan long after the other person on the loan has stopped paying. It usually never makes sense to take on someone else’s debt.


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