Do you have a small room in your home that you wish looked bigger? Maybe it’s the living room, the bedroom, or even the dining room? Well, luckily for you we’ve put together a great list of tips on how to make a small room look bigger.

how to make small room look bigger

Use mirrors and glass

Mirrors and glass are two of the best ways to make a small room look larger. Mirrors reflect light, which makes a room brighter. Glass does this as well, but it also adds more light into your space by allowing all of the natural daylight to pass through. This gives you a double benefit when using these items in your home!

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Avoid heavy window treatments

When it comes to window treatments, the less is more approach works best. Window treatments like heavy drapes and blinds can make a room look smaller. Using sheer curtains or blinds will allow light through and give the illusion of space in a small room. If you want something more decorative, shutters are also an option that can add some style while still allowing plenty of natural light in.

Shiny window frames also make a space look smaller by reflecting light from outside sources and bouncing it back out into the room where it has nowhere else to go but towards your eyes (and nose!). A lighter coloured wood or white frame will allow light to pass through but won’t reflect it back at you as much

Use light colours on the walls, floor and ceiling

If you’re looking to make a small room look bigger, stick to light colours. Light colours will reflect more light and make your room appear brighter and more spacious. The same applies to the ceiling, walls and floor – use light colours on all three surfaces in your small space to give it an illusion of increased size.

Use recessed lighting if possible

Recessed lighting is an easy way to make your room look bigger. In addition, it can also make your room look brighter, more elegant, modern, and luxurious. The best part? Because recessed lighting is so popular these days there are many different styles of lights that you can choose from!

If you have low ceilings then recessed lighting is definitely for you! It’s important to consider how your ceiling height will affect the overall look of your home before choosing a specific style of the recessed light fixture. For example: if you have high ceilings in one area but low ceilings in another section then those areas may not seem balanced together when they’re both lit up at once – especially if they’re opposite each other across rooms rather than beside each other along walls (like shown below).

how to make small room look bigger
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Choose furniture that serves multiple purposes

If you have a small space, it’s important to choose furniture that serves multiple purposes. For example, if you have a desk in your bedroom, consider using it as a dining table when entertaining guests. If you have an area set aside for eating meals or working on projects together, consider choosing pieces of furniture that serve both functions. For example, choose a sofa that works as both seating and sleeping space; this allows you to maximize the capacity of your room without taking up too much space.

Another great idea is to use sideboards as additional serving surfaces and storage spaces during parties – they can easily be pushed against walls when not in use! Finally, if there isn’t enough space for separate beds and sofas, invest in convertible pieces so that each function has its own spot without taking up the additional room (or money).

Raise it up or tuck things away

  • Raise it up or tuck things away. If your room has a low ceiling, you can make the most of the space by using furniture that is tall and thus doesn’t take up much headroom. That way, there are no obstructions in sight! Taller pieces can also make the room feel larger by making it appear more expansive than if everything was sitting on the floor.
  • Use transparent furniture. If you have windows in your home, then this might be easy enough to accomplish! But if not, try replacing any solid-coloured pieces with clear glass ones so as to let natural light shine through as well as create a sense of openness and airiness in even small spaces.
make small room look bigger
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Coordinate Wall and Furniture Colors

  • Use the same colour for the walls and furniture. This can help make a small room look bigger by creating an illusion of depth.
  • Use different colours for different areas of the room. For example, paint one wall a bold colour and use it as an accent wall while keeping other walls neutral or in pastels. This breaks up empty space without making your entire room feel too busy or overwhelming.
  • Choose neutral colours like tan, taupe, beige, white and grey to avoid overdoing it with too many bold hues that might overwhelm your senses when you enter the room each time you visit it. If you have kids who are still young enough to be sensitive to bright tones then sticking with more muted shades might be best for now until they grow older (and get used) to seeing vivid shades around them regularly!


Ultimately, the key to making a small room look bigger is ensuring that all of your decorative elements (and your furniture) are working on the same scale. If you add small ornaments, furniture, or other design elements, then you should consider using larger-sized ones to offset them.

Try adding small details around your home, and see how much a bit of colour can liven up your space. From brighter colours on a wall to a decorative table lamp, there’s so much potential in even the tiniest nooks and crannies of your home.

The visual balance will help lead your eyes across the interior design of your room and draw attention to certain focal points. Experiment with different colours and textures (provided they fit well with each other), use contrasting colours in smaller amounts and explore different shapes that work well with your overall interior design.

The main message of the blog post was that to create the illusion of a bigger room, use one surprising colour in your space and use a lot of mirrors to bounce light around the room.

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Last Update: May 26, 2022