How to Make the Room Look Bigger

Small rooms are very popular in big cities and for many people they became a reality. Space is expensive, space is valuable. Luckily there are many ways to use the space efficiently as there is a vast selection of foldable and multifunctional furniture. Many interior and product designers are working in this field to make a small space comfortable and efficient. However, in this article, I will concentrate on how to visually enlarge the space with the help of decorative tricks.

1 Clutter

Try to remove all the small accessories and objects such as paperwork, pencils, jewellery, easel picture frames, pieces of furniture, decorative objects. They make the room look cluttered and busy. Keeping small room in order will save a lot of space. Keep jewellery in a big jewellery box, pencils and paperwork can go inside the drawer, etc. Sabrina Soto, a home style expert from Target says: “Decorative accents smaller than a cantaloupe crowd a room.” Instead, go for fewer decorations that are bigger.

2 Bed

Tall mattresses make the room look smaller! They are very popular these days but with a small room, you are recommended to ignore that trend. Four poster beds create a visual barrier and also make the room visually smaller. You can use a wall mounted headboard and no footboard to gain a few precious inches of floor space and make your bedroom look bigger. A good idea for you will be to use a daybed that is pushed against the wall to allow more floor space. Bedding with large prints, or massive colourful spots will attract too much attention and make the room look busy and unbalanced. It is recommended to use bedding without any distinctive features, use simple solid bedding in a light colour.

NO: tall mattress and four-poster bed
YES: wall mounted headboard and pop up bed that hides in the wall

3 Entertainment centre

Remove large entertainment centre, it looks massive and old fashioned. Instead, you can get a wall mounted TV and a low shallow media storage unit to make your room feel bigger.

The image on the right looks much less cluttered because the colours are light and the space is better organized

4 Light

Dark rooms always seem smaller! Try to make the room as light as possible. Light walls, floors, furniture, curtains. Solid together with semi-transparent curtains will be the best solution especially when privacy needed, otherwise, keep the windows open. When adding drapes to a room, make sure they’re the same colour as your walls. Sticking to the same colour will make your space look bigger.The other thing that will make the room seem smaller is house plants placed on the windowsill. With their leaves, they will shade the room by not allowing the daylight to come in. Also, have several sources of light in your room instead of just one overhead light.

On the left: no window treatment. On the right: the overhead light is substituted with task and floor lamps

5 Reflections

Mirrors make the room look larger! Consider having at least one huge mirror in the room. Mirrors reflect light, therefore, make the room brighter. The reflection creates an optical illusion of a continuous space which is perfect for a small room! Not only mirrors are great for light reflection, any kind of glossy or polish metal surfaces will do just great (mirror bed tables, glossy wardrobe, metal accessories). Also, furniture out of transport plastic will add a nice feature to the whole room while not taking away a single centimetre visually!

Mirror Bed table and transparent plastic coffee table

6 Colours

Only light colours. It could be egg-shell, creme, light grey. Colour your shelves to create a better look of the structure. Just like vertical stripes on clothing, a striped rug will make your room appear longer. Orient the stripes to follow the length of the room that is the longest for optimal effect. / Via

7 Ceiling

While light colours applied on walls open up a room, going for a dark ceiling creates depth. In small rooms avoid using suspended ceiling, it takes away 10–15 cm of the height of the room right away! However if the suspended ceiling is the only option use a glossy finish to reflect the room. Book shelves attached to the ceiling, wallpaper applied on the ceiling attracts attention and brings the eyes up and make the room look bigger.

Left, this is a great idea for a children’s bedroom / Via Right, book shelf mounted to the ceiling

8 Furniture

Pushing furniture up against the wall makes everything look and feel cramped. Even just a few inches in between the wall and your bigger items can make space look more open. Don’t fill up every exposed shelf in a room. Leaving some empty space will give your small space an airy look. Use multipurpose furniture with hidden storage. Furniture with exposed legs is the key! In small living rooms, one large couch instead of multiple small pieces actually decreases the look of clutter and makes a room feel bigger.

Furniture with exposed legs looks lighter, allows more light
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