Unless you start knocking down walls, spending thousands of dollars building a new extension to your home, you will not be able to make your small space any larger. 

However, it is very possible to make even the tiniest of rooms visually appear to be larger than they actually are.  By implementing a few of these tips and tricks, you can make that small living space feel a lot bigger than it is.

Furniture with legs

Having furniture with legs is a personal choice in your home, however, sofas and armchairs with legs do give a more airy feel and give the illusion of more space and light in small rooms.

Light is right

bright color small room

Dark color schemes are great for giving that cozy feeling in larger rooms, however for smaller rooms light shades are the way to go.  A bright color scheme will open up the room and make it feel a lot more spacious.

The mirror illusion

Having large mirrors in your room will not only make your room look great but will also give the added benefit of visually expanding a small space. 

Not only will mirror reflections give the illusion of a larger room, but it will also reflect indoor lights and natural sunlight throughout the room.  This added light will make the room feel brighter, lighter and larger.

Don’t overstock shelves

Decluttering your small living area is essential to free up as much space in a small room as possible.  Therefore, if you don’t use it, lose it.  By not having your shelves, cabinets and bookcases over flowing with items, it will give your room a more airy, spacious feel. 

A room that has every space filled will have the opposite effect of giving a more claustrophobic feel to the room.


When it comes to clothing, most people know that vertical stripes make you look longer and horizontal stripes make you look wider.  Well this illusion can be applied to rooms as well. 

Vertical stripes on a wall will make a wall look taller than it is because it draws the eye up.  What’s more, vertical stripes give the illusion of width, making a narrow room look that little bit wider.

See through furniture

By having a glass coffee table or acrylic chairs, the transparent effect will give the room a more airy and brighter feel.

Plain is best

Furniture that is plain rather than patterned can give a more light and spacious feel to a room.  Over-elaborate designs on furniture can give a busy, clustered feeling to a small room.

Blending colors

neutral color more spacious for small rooms

We have already said that brighter, lighter colors are best for a more spacious, airy feel to a room, however, this is not only for walls and floors. 

By having furniture that is the same color as the walls, it will blend into the wall and give the illusion of more space.

Tall bookcases

In a small room we have to make the best use of the space we have, therefore going high is utilizing this space more efficiently.  Having a floor to ceiling bookcase will not only allow you to use valuable space high up the wall, but it will also give the illusion of a taller room.

Neat is sweet

A well organized, clutter free, tidy room will certainly look a lot more roomy than a chaotic, jam packed room.  Decluttering is essential if you want to free up space.  However, to give the added illusion of more space, color coordinating  and spacing out items on shelves will give the room a more organized and open feel.

As you can see, making a small room or home look and feel more spacious is not only about buying the right furniture or throwing out half of your possessions.  By creating the illusion of space, a small room can look and feel a lot larger.  By using a few of these tips in your small home, office or room, for sure you will make your small space appear that little bit bigger.

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