Five Easy Ways to Make a Small Room Look Bigger

by Greg on September 12, 2019

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Small rooms are simple and cozy, but they can feel claustrophobic. Fortunately, you can make decorating choices that make them look bigger and more open. Here are five easy ways to expand the visual space in your small room.

One: Floors, Walls, and Ceilings

floors walls and ceilings

Floors, walls, and ceilings in a small room can feel like they’re closing in on you. How do you avoid that? First of all, be sure you use light colors or prints with light-colored backgrounds in these areas. Use some shade of off-white, light green, or light blue to open up your space. Then, paint your trim and woodwork in an even lighter shade of the same color. This makes your walls look like they’re farther back, giving the illusion of a bigger room.

You can make the room look taller by applying a light-colored print wallpaper to the ceiling. Another trick is to put short shelves just below the ceiling. Vertical stripes on the walls point your gaze upwards. You can get the same effect by using celling-to-floor drapes.

Two: Furniture Choices and Placement

Sometimes a room looks plenty big enough until you fill it with furniture. Furniture takes up a lot of actual and visual space. Start by choosing the right furniture. Get coffee tables, ottomans, and other pieces that also have storage spaces inside them. Get furniture that’s the same light color as what you’re using on your walls. Get furniture that takes up the least space, avoiding pieces like oversized ottomans and bulky couches. Choose furniture with exposed legs that hold it above the floor.

As for placement, start by pushing the largest pieces of furniture against the walls, making sure they’re out of the walkway. Another trick is to place your furniture on the diagonal, using space in the corners for storage. Avoid putting furniture pieces too close together.

Three: Mirrors and Glass

mirrors and glass

Small, dark rooms look incredibly cramped and confined. The more light you bring into your room, the larger it will appear. Glass lets light in and allows it to spread throughout the room. Mirrors reflect and magnify both the natural light in the day and the artificial light at night.

You can create a feeling of airiness by opening the blinds and drapes to let in lots of natural light. Then, use mirrors in your room. Hang a mirror near an open window to amplify the light coming in. Choose cabinets with mirrored doors. Choose tables with glass tops to let the light spread underneath and tables with mirrored tops reflect the light around the room.

Four: Floral Highlights

floral highlights

Flowers and plants bring thoughts of the great outdoors. What could be more spacious? However, you’ll want to choose the floral accents carefully and place them in the perfect spots. Choose small plants like small air plants, anthurium, baby toes, echeveria, jade plant, or vertical plants like a snake plant.

Create a wall garden by placing small succulents in wall containers. Air plants are small and can go without soil, so you can place them anywhere you like around the room without decreasing your visual space with a large pot. Place plants or flowers on end tables or nightstands to avoid using up floor space. Small hanging baskets of flowers accomplish the same goal. With vine plants like ivy, you can trail them around the walls to accent the light-colored walls with splashes of brightness. Place larger vertical pants besides a window without blocking the light.

Five: Decorative Accessories

Decorative accessories can make your room look bigger or smaller, depending on what you choose and where you place them. Using too many small accessories makes your room look cluttered and closed-in. Follow this rule for vases and knickknacks: don’t use anything smaller than a cantaloupe. A few larger vases take up less visual space than shelves full of small items.

Get rid of any accessory that doesn’t serve a purpose – either a practical purpose or to make your room appear bigger. Avoid putting pictures all over your walls. Instead, choose one or two larger paintings with light or bright colors. Deeper colors can give your room depth, but limit how many items you have with those darker colors. One deep, jewel-colored throw adds a beautiful accent. More than that may be too much. Rugs can also provide areas of interest. Rugs with vertical stripes make your room look more spacious, but don’t overwhelm the space with too many dark-colored rugs.

Living in a small space doesn’t have to feel crowded and uncomfortable. You don’t have to feel trapped in your tiny room. All you have to do is set up and decorate your small room the right way. When you do, you can give it a feeling of airy lightness and expansiveness.

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