5 Tips For Making a Room Look Bigger

When you live in a small space, it can start to feel claustrophobic. When you invite guests over it can quickly begin to feel overwhelming with more than a few people in the room.

The key to enjoying a small space it knowing how to create optical illusions. By tricking the eye, you can make a room feel much bigger.

Here are some of the most effective tips for creating the illusion that your home is much bigger than it is.

Use Smaller Furniture

When you’re designing a home, it’s all about knowing how to use the right proportions. Using furniture that’s too big could result in your room looking crammed.

Always make sure that you use furniture that’s appropriate for the room size. You should also make sure that there’s always room between your furniture rather than cramming everything next to each other.

It’s just as much about being smart with making the most out of your space as it is about things looking good. Finding a balance is key.

Use Mirrors

The key element to making any small room look more spacious is to give a sense of openness. Nothing does that better than mirrors. Mirrors reflect light as well as the room around you, giving the false perception of more space.

Don’t be afraid of using as many mirrors as you want when you’re trying to make a room look bigger. The nice thing about mirrors is that they go well in any room.

Don’t Use Rugs

Although rugs can make a fantastic addition to a large room, they don’t have quite the same effect in a smaller space.

When you put a rug in a small room, you risk making it look cluttered. The less floor you see, the less floor space will be perceived. If you do use a rug, make sure that it’s minimalist and small.


White interiors give a room a clean and spacious feel. Much like mirrors, white also has a reflective effect. Painting your wall a darker color will make you feel closed in. However, white will make you feel like you have double the space.

Minimalist Design

The key to making a small home work is all about editing. Edit, edit again, and then edit one more time. Only hang the bare minimum of your absolute favorite pieces.

Concentrate on solid colored artwork rather than too busy or patterned. Avoid using wallpaper, and try to keep your colors cohesive, not using more than two.

Clear Away Clutter

Try to keep a space designated for your paperwork and other items that would otherwise be sitting on your counter. When you don’t have much room to work with, anything lying around will eat up your space.

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