How to make a small room look bigger

Updated February 21, 2017

Making the most of a very small living space can be daunting. Use tricks to make the eye see a little bit more than what is actually there. Making a room seem bigger is simple, but you have to be willing to simplify your style a bit. A little creativity goes a long way, and with a few tweaks your tiny room can be a treasure.

Paint walls with light shades to open up the area. Stick to white, off-white or even pale pastels such as yellow, blue and green. To give the illusion of more space, paint the ceiling and trim the same colour as the walls for a monochromatic look that makes it seem like you have more space than you really do.

Hang a couple of large wall mirrors so they catch the reflection of what is outside or in other rooms. The mirrors will reflect light and make the room look bigger.

Select furniture that has more than one use, so you can eliminate extra pieces from your room. A bed or table that has drawers can be useful and save space.

Clean things up. Get rid of excess clutter and keep the room as neat as you can. Get rid of rugs or anything that distracts and will take up space on the floor. Less is more when you are decorating a small space; a minimal approach will work best. Space furniture out and don't try to crowd it; this will only make the room more cramped.

Open the windows. Skip the curtains and blinds. Natural light is the easiest way to open a small room up and make it look larger and airier. A dark and dank room will seem smaller and more crowded.

Use a little bit of colour with decorations and embellishments. Bright vases and knick-knacks that are colour coordinated will look neat. Group like colours together.

Things You'll Need

  • Light-coloured paint
  • Wall mirrors
  • Multipurpose furniture
  • Colourful decorations
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About the Author

Christi Aldridge has been writing professionally since 2009. She graduated from Texas Christian University, where she was a featured contributor for several campus publications and won an award for best columnist.