Mar 19

10 Ways to Make a Small Room Appear Larger

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spacious airy living roomWondering what you can do with your small living room or bedroom in order to make it appear larger than it really is? Here are ten helpful tips that will add size to any room.

Add mirrors.

This is a classic technique that works wonders in a small room. Add mirrors to the room—particularly to a wall that is positioned opposite a window so that incoming light will bounce off of the mirror and fill the room.

Go monochromatic.

Going strategically monochromatic as you choose your decor will definitely give your room a larger feel. Opt for curtains that are close to your wall color, choose a duvet cover that is a shade darker than your walls, make the trim a slightly lighter shade of what’s on your walls, etc. There is still a great deal of variety to be had even with a monochromatic color scheme when you play with different shades and textures.

Use light colors.

In addition to going monochromatic, using light colors on your walls and ceiling can add airiness to your space. If you have dark flooring, consider investing in a lighter colored area rug as well.

Declutter.

It’s that simple. Get rid of unnecessary and unused items frequently, keeping the decor in your interior space minimal and functional.

Opt for multifunctional furniture.

Multifunctional furniture such as a bed with storage space or an ottoman that doubles as a coffee table will help give your room all the needed conveniences without you feeling as though something is missing from the room. And of course, less furniture means more open space for you.

Incorporate space around your furniture.

This piece of advice is threefold. First, you’ll want to choose furniture with exposed legs, which will raise it up from the ground and give the room a lighter feel. Second, you’ll want furniture that still rests lower to the ground, even with legs—this automatically adds space to the room by virtue of leaving more open space above it. And third, you’ll want to shy away from pushing your furniture up against the walls. Even just an inch or two between your sofa and the wall behind it will add a ton of “breathing room” to your space.

Maximize your light.

As mentioned above, adding something reflective such as a mirror or glass artwork to any walls that are opposite the windows will help to maximize the amount of light in a room. In addition, be sure that your room is armed with enough ambient and accent lighting. Dim lighting will only make your room appear smaller.

Incorporate glass.

If you’re stuck choosing between a glass and wooden coffee table, now is the time to opt for glass instead. Glass can create the illusion of a larger space with its transparent quality.

Draw the eye upward.

Drawing the eye upward can also create the illusion of height. Install book shelving near your ceiling, paint your ceiling a unique color, etc.

Keep it simple.

And last of all, just keep things simple. If you feel that your windows don’t need drapes or that your beautiful wooden floor doesn’t need an area rug, don’t add those things to the room. Keep your artwork concentrated on one or two walls, eliminate small knickknacks, and avoid busy patterns and colors.