I wouldn't be surprised if you simply have too much going on in your home. Maybe you're guilty of being a pack rat, or you have unnecessary furniture and accessories lying around. Maybe you have too many conflicting loud colors on the walls. Taking away from your design is sometimes the best solution. So, let's design down a little bit!
Here are some things you can try:
-Store away useless belongings and decorative accessories that feel out of place. Organize your drawers to clear space for these things.
If this is too time consuming, the dumpster awaits!
-Get rid of furniture you rarely or never use. Put an ad on craigslist and see what you can get for it! You can use your earnings on more functional / less bulky furniture that suit your home better.
-Paint over some of your bright colors with neutral colors. This helps create the perception of more space when there's too much happening in your color scheme. Don't worry, you can always add pops of color later through wall art and accessories.
New Yorkers, you know better than anyone how valuable every inch of your real estate is. So why take up that space with needless clutter or junk? After all, you're the one paying the rent or mortgage!
Have fun reclaiming your space!
-Serge Van Lian