Learn How to Make a Small Room Look Bigger.
With a few simple tips, you can create the illusion of space.
If you’re working with a small room, how can you fit in all your stuff so that it doesn’t feel cramped? And on top of that, how can you still make it beautiful? Fortunately, there are a few design tricks you can use to create the illusion of a stunning, larger space:
Select lighter colors. Whites and soft neutrals can really brighten a room, making it feel open and airy. And by adding depth with contrasting colors, you can magnify the effect.
Choose furniture with built-in storage features. With more places to hide clutter, you automatically have a whole lot more space.
Use mirrors and other reflective surfaces. Mirrors, metallic décor and other reflective surfaces bounce light back into the room, giving it more depth.
Create multiple sources of light. Rather than relying on one overhead light, spread lamps throughout your room to draw attention to the entire space.
Decorate with fewer, larger furnishings. Less is more. It’s better to have a large sectional sofa than a loveseat with multiple chairs. Make sure the legs are exposed, as skirts can make sofas and beds look boxy.
Define spaces with rugs. Besides giving your room a finished and polished feel, area rugs give the illusion of more space.
Install floor-to-ceiling curtains. By hanging curtains above the window and down to the floor, you can make your ceiling look higher and the space around it bigger. Light, airy fabrics work best.
Try to scale down as much as you can. The fewer accessories you have, the bigger it will feel. Not every surface or corner needs an accent. Let your space have room to breathe.
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