How to Make Small Rooms Look Bigger - 12 Top Tips

How to Make Small Rooms Look Bigger - 12 Top Tips

Rooms that are on the small side can be a challenge when it comes to styling and decorating. In this article, I will share my 12 top tips on how to make small rooms look bigger.

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1. Use light colours

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Using light colours on your walls, ceiling, floor and furniture is always a good idea when decorating a small room. Lighter colours reflect light better than darker alternatives and as a result make the room look bigger. They also brighten any small space, making it naturally feel more open, airy and inviting.

Adversely, dark colours will make a room feel smaller and more intimate, which is fine if that is what you are looking to achieve.

2. Add mirrors

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In any small room, adding mirrors is a simple way to make the area seem larger than it actually is. This is due to the way that they bounce light and reflect light around the room, creating the illusion of more space.

In addition, mirrors can be strategically placed in specific locations in order to make a room feel more open. For example, if you have a small hallway, placing a wall mirror opposite the entrance will reflect back the natural light from the doorway.

3. Maximize natural light

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A simple but very effective tip is to try and get as much natural light into your room as possible. Whether that be from existing windows or replacing solid doors with glass alternatives.

If you really struggle with natural light in your home, you may want to consider installing skylights, or even adding additional windows. Two great ways to increase the amount of natural light that can find its way into your home.

4. Consider furniture placement

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When it comes to furniture placement in your home, there are a few things you should keep in mind. The most important is that furniture should not take up too much space. Just stick to the bare minimum that you need, otherwise it could risk making your home feel cluttered and cramped.

In addition, be sure to place furniture so that it is easy to access and use and if possible pulled away from the walls. For example, if you have a couch in the living room, be sure to place it close to the television so that you can watch comfortably.

Another good way to make the room feel bigger is to divide it up into different zones, using the furniture and rugs as dividers.

5. Choose the right lighting

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Lighting is always key when designing any room, it can literally make or break a space. When trying to make a small room feel bigger, make sure that you have good lighting in the space. It's important to consider whether you want your space to be bright or dim.

Dim lighting is best for small rooms as it makes the space seem bigger, visually anyway. This is achieved by the lighting making the walls appear to recede, giving a sense of greater depth.

6. Get rid of curtains

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Window treatments can take up a lot of visual space in a room. If you're looking to make your room look or feel larger, consider removing your curtains or drapes. This will not only allow more natural light to enter the room, but the less cluttered the window area, the larger it will make it feel.

If you don't want to go without window treatments at all, try using blinds or shades within the recess of the window, instead of curtains that protrude into the room.

7. Utilise plants

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Bit of an odd one this, but consider using plants more heavily in your rooms design. The idea is to create a focal point that draws attention away from the furniture and other larger objects, creating an air of tranquillity and calm.

A few plants placed in strategic locations can really go some way to making the room feel bigger.

8. Use simple designs

Small rooms can be challenging to design because you are naturally going to want to make the most of the small space that you have.

That's where using simple designs comes in. Simple thought out designs are going to be less overwhelming to the eye and therefore feel less cramped and oppressive.

We suggest adding a few small decorative items, which will help to add personality to your small space, stopping the simple design from being to drab and boring.

9. Declutter your room

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When your room is cluttered and untidy, it is always going to seem smaller than if it was ordered, clean and tidy.

If you're looking for quick ways to declutter your room, here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Start by taking everything out of your room and sorting it into piles: bin, donate to charity or keep.
  • Once you have everything sorted into your piles, start by putting the things you use most frequently in easy-to-reach places. This could include your bedside table or desk.
  • Next, find a place for everything else. Try to use vertical space whenever possible so that your room doesn't feel cluttered.
  • Finally, add some storage containers to keep things like clothes and toys organized. This will help you stay organized and avoid clutter in the future.

10. Employ multi functional furniture

A big part of making a small room seem bigger is using 'muliti functional furniture' that doesn't take up too much space, but does its job well.

Instead of bulky pieces of furniture that take up floor space, yet don't serve much purpose, try smaller tables or shelving units that hold your items neatly and in an orderly fashion.

11. Be consistent with flooring

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When you are considering what flooring to put in a room, think about how consistent you want the flooring to be. If you have different types of flooring in one open plan space, it can make the whole room feel smaller.

If you have the same type of flooring throughout the room however, it will have the opposite effect and serve to make the room feel larger and more open. This is because the eye will not be drawn to the different types of flooring, but will instead see one continuous flow of the floor surface.

12. Add accessories

There are many different ways to add visual interest to your home without taking up too much space, one way is to use home decor accessories.

Accessories can be anything from paintings and photographs to vases and sculptures. Wall decor is another option and can include things like tapestries, curtains, or even shelves.

If you have a lot of wall space, you can also add large pieces of art, but don't go for anything too dark or bulky.


Small rooms can sometimes feel cramped and uninspired, but by using creativity and these 12 top tips, there are definitely ways to make your small room look bigger and more open. By using light colours, mirrors, and strategic furniture placement, you can fool the eye into thinking your room is larger than it really is.

Some methods are going to be more effective than others, but by experimenting with different techniques, it is possible to find what works best for each individual space. With a little effort, anyone can create the illusion of a larger room and enjoy the benefits of extra living space.

Good luck and enjoy the process !

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