Designer Tricks to Make a Small Room Look Bigger

OreillyTeam-CircleMasterFile3-Nov15Is there a room in your home that is too cramped or confining to use? There are a variety of ways that you can make a small room look bigger—and they do not require renovating the space or knocking down walls! You do not have to sacrifice function in a room that is small. You just need to know the best way to decorate to maximize your space and make the room look bigger.

Move furniture away from the walls. Because the space is small, your instinct may be to push furniture against the walls in order to leave more space in the center of the room. However, doing this only makes the space feel smaller. Bring furniture in to the heart of the space, rather than against the walls, to create the illusion of spaciousness.

Remove excess furniture. A room might feel too small and cramped because you are trying to keep too much furniture and other items in it. For example, in a small living area, perhaps there simply is not enough space to include a sofa, loveseat, chair, coffee table, and end tables. Consider picking and choosing 2 or 3 pieces, at most, to keep in the space. Eliminate any items that are not absolutely essential to the function of the room.

Choose pale, neutral colors. Dark colors can make a space seem smaller, while pale, neutral colors are light and airy. They are the best choice for small rooms.

Add mirrors. Mirrors not only make a beautiful focal point in a room, but they do a wonderful job of making a space look larger than it actually is. Mirrors reflect light and contribute to a bright space, as well.

Remove window treatments. If privacy is not an issue, consider removing the window treatments in the room. This allows you to enjoy the outside view, giving the illusion of added space. Plus, you will be able to better enjoy the benefits of natural light. If you want to maintain some window covering, consider sheer or white curtains.

Choose multifunctional pieces. For example, a coffee table with built-in drawers for storage gives you a surface with additional space to store blankets or other items. Look for furniture pieces that serve multiple uses to maximize the space.

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