Last updated on May 4th, 2022
So you’ve got a small room, and it can be a bit of a bummer. We know you want the spaciousness of a mansion and the cosiness of a cottage at the same time in your dream home, and you deserve it. Why let a small room get in the way of that? While small spaces can be tricky to furnish, that doesn’t make it impossible to give things an illusion of more space.
Here are our ten simple decorating tips to make your small room look larger. They are fabulous, and you can apply them to almost any room, no matter how small. Let’s dive right in:
1. Mirror magic
Mirrors are one of the most effective ways to make a space look bigger, especially if they’re angled to reflect light from a window or door. They give the illusion of more space than there actually is. One mirror just won’t do it—to maximize the effect, add multiple mirrors (the more, the better).
2. Let in the light
Natural light is the key when trying to open up a narrow space. Make sure you have a lot of open windows in your space and that any curtains or blinds are open all the way during the day. If your home doesn’t have many windows, consider adding some skylights; letting in as much light into the room as possible will give it an airy feel and make it appear bigger.
3. Opt for light wall colors
Darker colors can look intimidating in small spaces. Also, light colors reflect light while dark colors absorb it, so lighter colors will make your space appear larger. For this reason, choose colors that are light and sober on your walls. If you’re looking to play with your color scheme, try an ombre effect with shades of the same color to create depth while minimizing visual distractions.
4. White ceiling
If you have dark-colored walls and don’t wish to switch to a lighter color scheme, opt for a white ceiling instead and watch your room expand right before your eyes! The white gives the illusion of more space. This one’s pretty easy and makes a huge difference!
5. Use minimal furniture
To make the room seem spacious, you’d want to choose pieces of furniture that don’t block too much of the line of sight in your room. The more furniture you have filling up your space, the smaller the space will feel. Avoid putting extra chairs in the room or try using round tables rather than square or rectangular ones (they block open floor space).
6. Eliminate Clutter
Clean up your mess! This will make you feel better about your space and help you see it more clearly. Pick out the pieces that make you happy or serve a purpose, and get rid of everything else. You’ll thank yourself later when your place is clutter-free and there’s room for more important things.
7. Artificial lights
Make sure there are plenty of lights in your small space so that it doesn’t get too dark when night falls (or when the clouds cover up the sun). Decorative lighting can make your room appear larger and airier. Also, replace all the lightbulbs in your home with brighter ones. This will help you see better, which means you’ll be able to see more of your space!
8. Make use of full-length curtains
Use full-length curtains to make the ceiling seem higher. Sometimes, curtains can also add to a closed-in feeling in a small room. If that’s the case for you, try putting up blinds instead—they’ll allow more natural light into your space, which will make it look larger and airier.
9. Get creative with storage
You can create more space in your room if you’re smart about storing stuff instead of just buying dressers and desks that take up floor space. If you need some extra storage, consider using baskets or other decorative containers on the floor. Wall-mounted shelves are also great to save up on valuable floor space.
10. Decor accessories
Make sure you choose accessories that coordinate with your existing decor. When deciding what pieces to put where place most of your items against one wall. This will give the room an illusion of width and depth, and it will also help with the overall flow of your design. You can even use a large area rug to make the room feel bigger and cozier.
Say goodbye to a home that feels like a cage, and say hello to the home of your dreams. The above tips will turn your cramped apartment into a luxe sanctuary!
Let’s get decorating. For more such tips, keep checking the Homebliss blog!