Top  11 Tricks to make Small Rooms Bigger

There are a lot of factors that play a part in the way your room looks, and how big or small it seems. And while many homeowners are working with smaller-sized areas, there are quite a few tricks you can use to make rooms look more spacious and welcoming. Here are 11 tricks to make your small space seem bigger:


1.       Clear out clutter

This is the simplest and easiest thing to do. If you haven’t used something in a year or wouldn’t buy it now,get rid of it.It will be much easier to keep a room looking larger and more organized when there is less clutter and guests can see more of the space.

2.       Use light colors on the walls and the floor

Light colors reflect and multiply light, while dark colors absorb it. Opt for lighter colored flooring and walls to make the room feel light and airy. Bright and neutral colors will expand space visually, so try to use darker colors as accents but never as the focal point.

3.       Make use of hidden storage and multi-purpose items

Dual-use furniture creates more room by increasing the function of each space. Consider investing in multi-functional furniture such as ottomans, which can be used as both a coffee table and extra seating all at once.

Furniture that can be folded, stacked, or wheeled away is also your friend. Simply push it out of the way when it’s not in use.

4.       Lighten up

Light-colored counter tops in kitchens and bathrooms make surfaces seem more spacious. On a smaller scale, look for light-colored storage pieces that blend in with your existing wall color. Instead of overhead fixtures, add several lighting elements in a small room-small changes like this can make a big difference and be easy on the bank.

5.       Strategically place mirrors to create the illusion of more space

You can decorate with individual or wall-length mirrorsto reflect light and make a small room feel more open, as the reflection will make the room look bigger.

Placing a mirror across from a window is the best way to reflect light and make the room feel larger. You can also use an oversized mirror to enhance the effect.

6.       Use Paint Strategically

Choose a wall color that’s the same as your flooring so that the edge where they meet is less noticeable. Paint the walls and trim in similar shades of one color. Lastly, create the illusion of high ceilings by continuing the wall color onto the ceiling, making the wall appear taller in the process.

7.       Add stripes for more space

Stripes have the ability to elongate a space, so consider adding an accent wall with stripes or a few rugs on the floor. Based on the direction of the stripes, it will create the illusion that the floor is longer in that direction.

Position the stripes so that they flow in the direction of the longest length in the room.

8.       Leave your windows uncovered to give a room more depth

More light gives a space depth, so try tying your curtains back during the day or using a sheer kind of fabric that light can softly shine through. If you’re worried about privacy, roman shades or blinds instead of curtains can look less crowded.

9.       To create unity, use different shades of the same color

Try incorporating different shades of the same color for the walls, rugs and furniture to create a visual cohesiveness that makes the space feel open. You can do this by deciding on a color for the walls first, and then look for furniture that complements it after.

10.   Paint the ceiling

If you want to put in a little more elbow grease, you can choose to paint or wallpaper the ceiling to make the room look taller. Make your ceiling pop by painting it a bright color, so that it will drive the eye upward and create the illusion of high ceilings. Anything that draws the eye upwards makes a room feel bigger.

Painting the ceiling the same hue as the walls can help to erase the shadow lines that visually define a space. When the walls and ceiling are the same color, it's harder for your eye to tell where the room's parameters start and end. While this isn’t a look for everyone, it’s certainly something to consider.

11.   Pull furniture away from the wall to create the illusion of spaciousness


Pushing furniture up against the wall makes everything look and feel cramped. Even leaving just a few inches in between the wall and your furniture can make the space look more open.

TIP: Furniture with exposed legs is key.Instead of a sofa with a skirt or boxy chairs, opt for sofas and armchairs that are raised on legs, which creates a sense of light and space.

With the help of these simple tricks, you can create the illusion that your small space is actually quite large.These kinds of projects don’t always have to require large budget projects and renovations- if you’re looking to save then these tricks will be much quicker and easier to complete.

Do you need some help with your decorating project? Check out thesehome decorating tips to help you decorate your home like a pro!

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Derrick Seay
Derrick Seay
DSEAYCOM B'ham Branch