Photo: iStock/monkeybusinessimages

2 of 5
The Kitchen: Clear and Group

This two-step suggestion from Atlanta designer Suzanne Kasler will not only give your kitchen counters more space; it'll also give them a focal point. First, corral mail, rubber bands and other small items into a container; and move any appliances you don't use daily into cabinets or closets. Second, use the cleared space to create a cluster of three objects. "I love a cake plate, a vase of flowers and a glass bowl," Kasler says. Whatever you choose, the number is what's important. "Odd-numbered groupings look more appealing," she says.