15 Tips for Making a Room Look Bigger

Many people think they don’t have enough room in their homes, no matter how small or large it is. Often, the issue with making the most of your living space isn’t really how much space you have.

Follow these simple tips to make the most of your small space.

•Tip #1: Use a trundle bed that allows sleeping for two when in use and compact enough to fit the size of a small guest room. You may also use a sofa bed or an air bed for the same sake.

•Tip #2: Mirrors can make your room look larger. Use a focal point and angle your mirrors towards it, which will give the illusion of depth.

The mirrors also reflect both natural and artificial light to make a room brighter during the day and night. They bounce light deep into the room, making it appear larger.

This is especially effective with near a window so the outdoors can be reflected.

Mirrors on the walls and glass tabletops will make it seem like there’s a more open flow. You can also use mirrored cabinet doors to make spaces feel large and uncluttered.

•Tip #3: Clear a Path. Don’t fall into the trap of placing furniture in the hallways of your home because there is no room for it in the main areas. Are you really going to sit on a sofa in the hall? If not, get it out of the way. It isn’t enhancing your décor.

•Tip #4: Minimize Accessories. When it comes to making the most of a small living space, remind yourself that less is more. Plastering every surface in your home with accessories will give the area a very cluttered appearance.

A few attractive and strategically placed decorative elements will have much more design impact that an overabundance of pieces.

•Tip #5: De-clutter. In addition to refraining from placing too many accessories around your small living area, it’s also important to take steps to keep general household clutter from accumulating throughout your home.

Furniture pieces or accessories that double as storage pieces, such as coffee table with built-in drawers and storage ottomans, can be perfect choices for small homes.

•Tip #6: Consider the Impact of Color. In a small home, it is very important to choose wall, furniture, flooring, and accessory colors wisely.

By choosing warm, light colors and a monochromatic palette, you can make your small home seem much less tiny than it really is.

Cream colors and icy blues are just a few of the best color combinations that can open up a tiny room into a bigger living area. It is all about illusion. Light colors make your room look bigger and brighter.

Light and brightly colored walls are more reflective making a space feel open and airy, which will help to maximize the effect created by natural light. While dark colors absorb light, making the room look smaller.

You can paint your walls light and use dark colors for the border and trim. Paint your wall trim and moldings a lighter color than your walls. When you paint your moldings light, the wall appears further back, making your living room appear bigger.

•Tip #7: Don’t Over-Furnish. It’s a myth that you can’t use large, comfortable sofa in small spaces. What matters when you outfit a small room is that the furniture pieces you choose are simple and elegant in design as well as serviceable. A large sofa can be wonderful in a small den or family room, as long as it isn’t crowded out by too many other pieces and accessories.

•Tip #8: Use multi-function furniture like a chest that can be used as a coffee table, sofa beds, chest of drawers, and beds with drawers for storage etc. Stick to clean lines in the furniture.

Use an extendable dining table, folding tables and nest of tables, which can be tucked away when you don’t need them. Place the large pieces of furniture against the walls so the open space in the middle isn’t broken up.

•Tip #9: Scale the furniture to fit the size of the room and don’t block walking pathways. With furniture and accessories blocking the view into a room and out to open spaces, a room will look cramped. By moving furniture out and away from walkways, you’ll open up the space and make it feel larger.

If you can see the floor, the room will look larger. Having oversized sofas or too much furniture will make the living room look smaller.

•Tip #11: Consider having at least some of the furniture pieces the same color as the walls. Even the bigger items like armoires and chest will begin to blend in to the room and widen out the room. You can add some detail by stenciling in a design or accent onto the furniture.

Setting your furniture at an angle works because the longest straight line in any given room is it’s diagonal. When you place your furniture at an angle, it leads the eye along the longer distance, rather than the shorter wall. As an added bonus, you often get some additional storage space behind the piece in the corner, too!

•Tip #12: Choose Lighting Wisely. The type of lighting you choose can have a major impact on how large or small your room appears. If you make wise lighting decisions, you can successfully give your small living space the illusion of being much larger than it really is.

By incorporating recessed lighting and strategically placed uplights and downlights throughout your home, you can easily make your living area seem much more sizeable.

•Tip #13: If the furniture in your room is tall, that might be making it seem as though the ceiling is lower than it actually is. Make sure there is plenty of space between your furniture, too.

•Tip #14: Choose a sofa and chairs with open arms and exposed legs. A glass table, will keep keep the appearance of a open and free space. This allows light to filter under the furniture, making the room appear airier.

•Tip #15: Keep your room tidy and organized. There’s nothing that makes a small space feel cramped more than having too much stuff. With things neatly arranged and out of sight, the space that is in view will feel orderly and open.A cluttered room equals a smaller room.

•Tip #16: Hope these tips will be useful for you. Have you decide to purchase a home for yourself? You can find help here


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