How to Make Your Room Look Bigger


There are several tips for making a small room look larger than it is, thus creating a more comfortable living space. There are a variety of reasons why one might decide to live in a smaller space. For some, that’s all that they can afford. For others, a smaller home is chosen because the kids have grown up and moved away and it requires less maintenance and work.

The first step to expanding the look of a smaller space is removing unnecessary furniture and stuff. One trick is putting little things like collectibles and knick knacks out of sight, such as in closets, bookshelves, and wardrobes. Unnecessary furniture such as unused bookshelves and tables should be removed from the room because they are not providing any use and are simply making the room look fuller than is necessary. In order to avoid clutter, it is usually better to use fewer large pieces of furniture instead of several smaller pieces. This allows for more free space and single color blocks as opposed to a variety of interrupting colors.

In the same vein, walkways should always be left open. When furniture or other things make it difficult to walk through a room, the space is inevitably going to look smaller. In addition, it is better to place taller, larger pieces of furniture closer to the perimeter of the room with shorter pieces of furniture adorning the center. Shorter pieces will make the room look larger and smaller furniture items will allow for the flooring to be more visible. The more flooring is visible, the larger the room will appear.

Although warm, darker tones will always make a room look more personal and intimate, lighter colors will brighten any room and make the space appear larger. This is due to the fact that lighter colors reflect more light, which takes advantage of the natural light coming into the room through windows. When it comes to the painting of the molding and trims, it is best to choose the same color as the walls or a color even lighter than the one chosen for the wall color. Because lighter objects appear further away than ones that are darker, using light colors for the trim makes the walls appear further away. This will, of course, make the room look larger. In addition, the use of monochromatic colors, or colors of the same family, is beneficial. If a room is connected to another room such as a dining room next to a living room, the use of different solid colors will allow for the differentiation between the rooms making them more distinctive.

When it comes to choosing furniture, picking pieces which match the color of the walls will allow the furniture to blend into the surrounding space. This makes the room appear to continue as a whole instead of being broken up by the interjection of different hues which distract the eye from the room.

Another trick for making a room look bigger is mirrors. Mirrors serve to reflect the light from the windows as well as that of artificial lighting thus making a room look brighter and bigger both during the day and at night. Mirrors can be used in a variety of ways such as on the wall, as the door of cabinets and armoires, on top of dressers, and on wardrobes. The mirror is particularly effective when placed near a window thereby optimizing the amount of reflected light. Because natural light is such a cheap and effective way of making a room look larger, you should avoid the use of dark, thick draperies and instead opt for a sheer curtain if a curtain is even necessary.

When picking out carpeting and upholstery for sofas, chairs, and tablecloths, the simpler the better. Solid neutral colors or plain designs such as vine work are the best option as they distract less from the room as a whole.

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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