How to Make a Small Room Look Bigger

Small room, big Impact: discover genius ways to make your space look larger.

How to make a small room look bigger
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Small rooms can be charming and cozy, but they can also be a challenge to decorate. When you don't have a lot of space to work with, your options might seem limited.

Furniture can only be pushed so far against the walls, and there are only so many items that can be removed before the room starts to feel empty. Here are our eight simple tips for making a small room look bigger.

1. Use light colors

One of the easiest ways to deal with a small space is to use color. Painting your walls with specific colors will make your room appear larger. So, when it comes to painting a small room, always opt for light colors. Not only will it make your space feel airier and more open, but it will also help to reflect light and make the room appear larger.

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Light colors can make a room look bigger | / Shutterstock

With a little bit of paint, you can transform a cramped space into a bright and inviting room. If you're not sure what color to choose, consider light neutral colors such as white, ivory or beige. You can always add pops of color with accessories and furnishings, so don't be afraid to experiment with different shades.

2. Choose multipurpose furniture that doesn't take up a lot of space

When you have a small space, it's important to make every square foot count. That's why choosing multipurpose furniture is such a great idea. Not only will it save you space, but it can also help to make your small room look bigger. By choosing furniture that serves multiple purposes, you'll make the most of your small space.

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Use multi-function furniture | Pixel-Shot / Shutterstock

An ottoman with storage, for example, can serve as both a coffee table and extra seating when needed. A daybed or a Murphy bed is another excellent example of multipurpose furniture. A daybed can be used as a sofa or a seating area and as a bed at night. A Murphy bed can be folded up into a cabinet or against a wall when not in use, freeing up floor space during the day.

3. Hang mirrors to create the illusion of more space

Mirrors are a simple and effective way to create the illusion of more space. By hanging a mirror on a wall, you reflect light and make the room appear brighter and more open.

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Mirrors can make your room look bigger | Africa Studio / Shutterstock

You can also create the illusion of more depth by placing a mirror across from a window. The reflective surface will make the room appear larger while still providing the benefits of natural light. Whether you're trying to make a small room feel more spacious or simply want to add a decorative touch, mirrors are a great option.

4. Stick to a minimalistic design aesthetic

It can be tempting to overload a small space with furniture and decor, but often, less is more. A minimalistic design aesthetic can make a small room look bigger and feel more spacious.

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Minimalistic style can add an illusion of space | / Shutterstock

Plus, it's easier to keep a clean and tidy home when there's less stuff around. So next time you're feeling cramped, try paring down your furnishings and see how much better your space feels. You might just be surprised at how liberating it can be to live with less.

5. Install floor to ceiling window treatments

If you have a small room that you want to appear larger, one of the best things you can do is install floor-to-ceiling window treatments. Whatever type of window treatment you choose, make sure it goes all the way to the ceiling for the best effect. The added height will make the room feel brighter and more spacious.

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Go vertical with floor to ceiling curtains | KUPRYNENKO ANDRII / Shutterstock

Avoid heavy drapery when choosing window treatments and opt for light-colored fabrics that will let in plenty of natural light. Sheer curtains are always a good option, or you could try Roman shades. If you want something more decorative, consider installing shutters or blinds.

6. Maximize storage space wherever possible

When working with a small space, it's essential to use every inch of space available to you. Storage bins, baskets and cupboards are all great ways to organize your belongings and free up space in your home. Furniture made for small apartments often comes with a multipurpose storage option to help hide things away from view.

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Maximize storage | Paul Evan Green / Shutterstock

Another tip is to declutter regularly. Take the time to sort through your belongings and get rid of anything you no longer need or use. This process will create more space in your home and make finding the things you need easier. Finally, be sure to label everything clearly. Labeling will help you stay organized and make it easier to find what you are looking for when you need it.

7. Get rid of rugs and carpets

Rugs and carpets are often used to add warmth, texture and color to a room, but they can also make a small space feel cramped and cluttered. If you want to make your small room look bigger, ditch the rug and opt for bare floors instead.

How to Make a Small Room Look Bigger
Opt for no carpets | Artazum / Shutterstock

Hardwood, tile, and laminate floors are all excellent choices for small spaces because they open up the room and make it appear more spacious. They're also easy to keep clean, which is always a bonus in a small space. If you absolutely can't do without a rug, choose a small one that doesn't cover the entire floor. And be sure to keep the rest of the floor as uncluttered as possible to maximize the illusion of space.

8. Emphasize the vertical

One way to make small rooms look bigger is to emphasize the vertical. You can do this in several ways, such as using tall shelves on the wall or installing a vertical shiplap.

tall furniture will draw your eye up
Create an illusion of space | Dariusz Jarzabek / Shutterstock

Taller furniture pieces can also help to create the illusion of more space. You can make a small room feel more expansive by drawing the eye upward. So if you're looking to add a little extra breathing room to your home, think vertically.


Making a small room look bigger can be a challenge, but it's possible with some know-how. By following these simple tips, you can create the illusion of more space and make your small room feel brighter and more spacious. So next time you're feeling cramped, try out one of these tricks and see how much better your space feels.

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