No matter the size of the space, there are always tricks to making it appear larger than it is – whether it’s by incorporating certain colours or selecting the proper furniture. Here are my seven hacks that will help you make your small space feel bigger.
Published April 9, 2019, Updated April 5, 2020
Use Monochromatic Colours
Using bright and monochromatic colours can really open up a room. Selecting a light colour eliminates the sense of darkness and seclusion and makes the space feel bigger and brighter.
Add More Storage Space
Select the appropriate storage units that will allow you to reduce the number of items in that space. By adding storage, including furniture that doubles as a spot for organization, you can greatly improve the overall look of the room. This will also allow the room to appear larger than it actually is.
Adding mirrors is a designer trick of the trade. They can accent a room while also working to make the room look larger in size due to its ability to reflect natural light.
Don’t Block out Natural Light
Avoid disrupting any type of natural light as it brings brightness into a room, which in turn can make it appear larger. Select simple window treatments to avoid possibly disrupting the natural light entering the room.
Emphasize the Vertical
Use accents and features that emphasize the vertical. This creates a visual illusion that the room looks bigger than it really is. Whether it’s a featured shiplap wall that elongates the space or decorative features that have vertical characteristics, this can create an illusion of height in the room.
Choose Furniture With Exposed Legs
Choosing furniture with exposed legs is important for a small space, as it brings a sense of airiness and simplicity to the room. Stay away from bulky sofas or chairs with skirts and instead choose furnishings with exposed and high legs.
Reduce the Clutter
Reducing the amount of clutter in any space can be beneficial to the overall look. Deciding what is absolutely necessary for the room and what is actually just taking up extra space is a great place to start eliminating the clutter. This will help refine the look of the space, while also allowing it to appear larger in size.