Most people feel the need to present an array of objects that define them personally. In a small space though, too many of your prized possessions might make you feel like you’re at a yard sale. Also, guests are probably not there to compliment your 8th grade bowling trophy, so find somewhere less galling to place it. Knick knacks are the hardest part of containing a space, so keep your countertops and floors clear of objects. Choose key pieces to display and discreetly organize the rest unseen.
While most people tend to think bright neutrals like white or tan can open up a space, it can often be their first mistake if using the wrong tone. A dullish white in a flat finish will constrict and confine your space, which doesn’t suggest warm and welcoming at all! So open up your space in an inviting way, using bright airy colors or warm (but not dark) tones if you aren’t as bold. Paint your ceiling and trim with a high gloss white so the light reflects, giving you an airy, spacious feel. Remember, with a high gloss or satin finish paint, you really need to be perfect because you will see any and all imperfections.
Will adding a light color floor to light color walls create even more space? This depends. I have decorated many houses in Miami that have white gorgeous floors and white walls. The key to making it appear more spacious is not only your paint choices, but your furniture layout, your area rugs, your accents and accessories and your art. I personally love elegant and classic dark floors with light or bright colored walls. To bring out the best in your space, it needs to have balance.