Rents are going up while the square footage remains the same, which is motivating many people to devise seemingly magical ways to create the illusion of more space in their homes.</br></br>This isn’t a pastime limited to millennials trapped in efficiency apartments or retirees looking to downsize; for many, it’s a new facet of the American Dream and these decor tricks can add up to better quality of life.</br></br>Let’s take a look.</br></br><strong>Light-colored fabrics, paints and surfaces fill rooms with light.</strong></br></br>Dark colors absorb light and in so doing they suck the air out of small spaces. Like black holes, they create centers of focus that draw in the eye and blinker the space on the periphery.</br></br>Put your entire space on display by painting and decorating in lighter tones that reflect ambient light and you’ll notice how the color against the walls to give you more room.</br></br><strong>Try furniture design with clean lines. </strong></br></br><a title="Furniture " href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/" target="_blank">Traditional-style furniture</a> is great, but it’s often bulky, fluffy and ornate – embellishments that take up space without serving a purpose, or serving it efficiently.</br></br>Modern designs tend to eschew the fluff and focus on versatility, comfort and utility. The Germans and Scandinavians may have established mastery in the art of efficient design, but styles now range far beyond the Bauhaus standard and can accommodate most any décor scheme.</br></br><strong>Move more of your belongings up off the floor, if possible.</strong></br></br><a title="Wall-Mounted Shelving" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/home-storage-organization/wall-mounted-shelves/" target="_blank">Minimalist shelving</a> or hanging baskets are easy to install and a great way to free up even more floor space in a smaller dwelling. Mounted on the wall or hung from the ceiling, they can be used as both décor and storage.</br></br><strong>Keep home scents fresh and crisp.</strong></br></br>You might be surprised how much a musty or cloying scent can make a small space feel even more cramped. Candles, potpourri or an overabundance of dirty laundry can overwhelm even modest-sized homes, much less an efficiency unit.</br></br>Choose light scents and ease back on the potency to make your place feel fresh and airy.</br></br><strong>Adjust the temperature for maximum comfort.</strong></br></br>Feeling hot signals to us that we are enclosed, while feeling cool makes us feel isolated among objects. The perfect temperature, though, allows a room to breathe and expand.</br></br>Heating and cooling costs may prevent flexibility here, and installing a ceiling fan isn’t always an option, but <a title="Air Conditioners" href="http://www.atgstores.com/kitchen-appliances/heating-cooling/air-conditioners/" target="_blank">portable AC units</a>, <a title="Dehumidifiers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/kitchen-appliances/heating-cooling/dehumidifiers/" target="_blank">dehumidifiers</a> and other home comfort accessories can help a lot if the temps are just too unbearable.</br></br>Experiment with these ideas, and perhaps <a title="Find a Local Home Organizer" href="https://porch.com/local/home-organizers?tid=social_atgstores_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~" target="_blank">consult a professional home organizer through Porch.com</a>, and see how much bigger you can make your cozy space feel.