With more time spent at home this year, finding space for everyone to work, play and relax may continue to be a challenge. A re-organization or remodel of a small area in your home can make the difference if you are looking for more space. A solid plan with carefully selected design elements can turn any unused space into a functional and cozy haven for your family.

The following steps from the Central Washington Home Builders Association (CWHBA) can help you reimagine underutilized areas in your home.

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Create a Plan.

Once you have identified a space you plan to transform, think about how you are going to utilize your space. An area for a home gym, reading nook or play area for the kids all have different functionalities and require distinct design approaches. This critical first step will help you determine the room flow, furniture, fixtures, and storage solutions.

Embrace Natural Light.

An instant way to add volume to any space is to bring in natural light. Windows, skylights, or glass doors help natural light to shine through any small space and a professional remodeler can help you explore your options for windows or natural light installations. Mirrors can be another inexpensive way to make a small space feel larger.

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Select Neutral Paint Colors.

Walls and floors with light and solid colors help make any room feel bigger, as too many colors or a dark color palette will make a room look smaller and busy. Experts recommend two colors for your space, one overall hue and one accent color, but you can add splashes of color with décor; think rug, pillow, work of art or room accessory.

Rethink Your Furniture.

When planning for larger items in your space think about functionality. Do you need a desk and a bookshelf, or can you purchase a furniture item that can serve as both? Fewer pieces of furniture in a small room help give the feel of more square footage. Furniture with built in storage solutions, such as side tables or seats can also make a room visually less crowded. Professional remodelers can install shelving or cabinets if you need alternative storage solutions.

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Balance Your Décor.

The final step is personalizing your small space. While it may be tempting to place everything in your new room, remember to keep the space simplified and free of clutter to avoid making the area feel smaller. Generally, interior designers recommend having a balance of empty space known as “negative space” to make positive elements in the room stand out and create visual comfort.

To help you find a contractor, professional remodeler or interior designer near you, visit the Central Washington Home Builders Association (CWHBA) at CWHBA.org and consider joining them in the fall at their 2021 Central Washington Home & Garden Show, set for November 5-7 at the Yakima Sundome.