Do you want to make a small room feel bigger? It’s a challenge we have all faced. The room feels weighted down, and you want light and airy. Everything seems like it’s closing in and a bit chaotic. The room is not quite what you envisioned. I’m sharing 10 easy solutions and foolproof methods to making a small room feel bigger.
1. Make a Small Room Feel Larger tip:
Use light colors on walls and floor
Dark colors, while dramatic and beautiful, will absorb light in a room. When trying to make a room feel larger keep the wall and floor colors lighter. Those lighter tones will provide that airy feeling we want with smaller spaces.
2. Make a Small Room Feel Larger Tip:
Use the Same colors in different tones
Use same color palette in a room. Cohesive color palettes make a room feel larger. It’s a visual trick on the eye. Keeping within a color palette does not mean the space will be dull nor does it mean the colors are all the same. The room below is a perfect example of the same color used in different tones. Nothing about this room is boring. It’s beautiful, relaxing and inviting.
3. Make a Small Room Feel Larger Tip:
Pull Furniture AWAY from the walls
It seems ridiculous to say; “Pull your furniture away from the walls to make a room feel larger,” right? But no kidding, when furniture is pulled away from the walls or placed at angles, the room will appear larger. By bringing furniture away from the walls allows the room to breathe.
If there isn’t a ton of floor space in your room, try to pull the sofa away from the wall a few inches or angle the chairs and see what happens.
4. Make a Small Room Feel Bigger Tip:
Use Console Tables
Console tables are the secret workhorse of a room. In small spaces, they can work freaking wonders. After you pull that sofa away from a wall, place a console table behind it. You may need to DIY one if space is super limited but it will be worth it. The narrowness provides a place for lamps, and accessories but doesn’t intrude too much into the room.
The console performs double duty in other areas of a room too. You can use the table as a workstation, and use storage cubes for seating. While entertaining, the workstation becomes a bar or serving the table. The storage cube provides extra seating for guests, and nobody even realizes there’s a party in your office!
5. Make a Small Room Feel Bigger Tip:
Use Multi-Purpose Furniture for Style and Storage
When we have small spaces, it’s so important to take advantage of every square inch. Aside from the benefits of the console table, storage cubes provide a lot of versatility since many have storage options. Same holds true for coffee tables. Rather than using a basic table get creative. Use an old trunk where you can store blankets inside. Plus, using a unique piece of furniture creates interest than the standard table!
6. Make a Small Room Feel Bigger Tip:
Use Stripes to Elongate a room
Stripes can make things appear larger than they are! What can be a bad choice with clothing is a great decision in a small room. I used this trick in our bonus room with a chevron rug. The area appears a bit larger because of the linear pattern of the rug.
Using vertical stripes that go the length of a room will make the room seem longer. Place the rug in a horizontally and the room appears wider, like in the room below.
7. Make a Small Room Feel Bigger Tip:
Oversized Mirrors are Your Friend
An oversized mirror across from a window is the number one way to reflect light and make the room feel so much larger than it truly is. Notice in the mirror from Ballard Designs. See how that mirror reflects the window?
8. Make a Small Room Feel Bigger Tip:
Window treatments: Less is More
When working with a small room, it’s important to keep the window treatments light, airy and within the color palette. Another option is to forgo window coverings or use a simple shade. If using airy drapes, hang those window treatments taller and wider than the window.
9. Make a Small Room Feel Bigger Tip:
Use Furniture with Exposed Legs
Furniture with exposed legs seems more open and airy than furniture with skirts. Again, this is a simple trick that creates the illusion of more space. See how the top sofa appears more open than the bottom sofa does?
10. Make a Small Room Feel Bigger Tip:
Take Shelving to the Top
Grab your shelving to the ceiling. Tall shelves draw the eye upward and provide additional storage. The key is not to overload shelves with books and accessories. Shelving needs open spaces to provide an airy appearance. If shelving is overcrowded, the room will seem cluttered. Add a few accessories with a little sparkle!
These ten foolproof tricks are a great start to making a small room look bigger. They are the same tricks and tips I use in my home and when working with clients. Little details can have an enormous impact on the appearance and function of a room!
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