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7 More Ways to Make a Small Room Look Bigger

Create the illusion of a bigger space with these simple tricks


Adding mirrors and painting your ceilings aren’t the only ways to make your home look bigger. Apply these tips in the small details of your room to give the illusion of an airy, expansive space.

Opt for a light color palette

When choosing a color motif for your room, its best to stick to a light and neutral palette. The light color expands a room visually while dark colors make a room seem cramped. If you want to add vibrant colors to your room, you can opt for colorful accessories and wall accents instead.

Photo from Design Sponge.

Hang light-colored drapes

Try to choose drapes or curtains that closely resemble the color of your walls to allow your eyes to flow seamlessly through the room. Drapes that are a stark contrast to your walls break up the space, making it look smaller. Light pieces also give an airy, breezy vibe to any room.

Photo from Young House Love.

Opt for bigger furniture pieces

Instead of getting several small pieces of furniture, it’s better to invest in one big piece to fill up the space. This way, you get the same amount of seating without taking too much floor space.

Big furniture pieces create an illusion of a more expansive space as having too many chairs or tables will make the room look cramped.

Photo from Achados de Decoracao.

Choose furniture with legs

For sofas, armchairs, coffee tables, and such, it’s best to get pieces that are raised on legs. The space beneath creates a sense of light and space.

Photo from Crate and Barrel.

Go for tall shelves

Whether you have a book shelf or mounted shelves, installing them to the highest point possible draws the eye up and creates the illusion of a higher ceiling.

Photo from DIY Show Off.

Make use of stripes

From your wall treatments to your drapes, and even to your flooring, adding stripes to a room can easily make it look longer or wider. Take note: the bolder the stripes, the better.

Photo from Cococozy.

Choose big decor pieces

Even if you have a small space, choosing bigger décor is better to make the room look larger. Hanging larger pieces of framed art can make the room look expansive. Not to mention, several smaller pieces can make a room look crowded or cluttered.

Photo from House of Honey.

This goes the same for accessories. Too many accessories can make a room look cluttered. Stick to bigger pieces; they still fill up the space but keep thing simple and neat.

Photo from Etsy.

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