Interior design maven and host of HGTV's "Myles of Style," Kim Myles, will answer a question submitted from an ESSENCE.com reader every day. Kim believes that interior design should offer a lifestyle that's chic, vibrant and attainable for every homeowner or renter. "My goal is to offer simple solutions that help the average person achieve the look that they want without going into debt. There is absolutely no reason for great design to be overly expensive or exclusive," she declares. Today's topic: Cluttered space Read more: For more "Life, Style & Design" stories, click here.Kim Myles: Before and After"Myles of Style" Makeovers

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Feb, 11, 2010

kim-myles-head-shot-web.jpg Interior design maven and host of HGTV's "Myles of Style," Kim Myles, will answer a question submitted from an ESSENCE.com reader every day. Kim believes that interior design should offer a lifestyle that's chic, vibrant and attainable for every homeowner or renter. "My goal is to offer simple solutions that help the average person achieve the look that they want without going into debt. There is absolutely no reason for great design to be overly expensive or exclusive," she declares. Today's topic: Cluttered space Hi Kim, Love your show. Question: I have a rather small bed room--not real small, I can get a queen bed and dresser and chest of drawers in it. I would like to put my footboard back on the bed and also fit a chair in the room so that I can stop sitting on the bed. What do you suggest that I do to brighten up the room and add the chair and foot board in there. Thanks in advance for your suggestions. KIM MYLES: I think the key word here is 'acceptance.' If you're set on having ALL of the furniture, you'll need to be in a good place about the room feeling smaller. I'd suggest painting in a very soft, light version of your favorite color (consider an eggshell or semi-gloss finish to reflect a bit of light), and add multiple mirrors to open the space up. As far as a chair is concerned, I'd choose a small upholstered side chair, or even an upholstered stool in order to save space. Read more:

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