5 Ways to Make a Small Room Feel Bigger

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For many of us, the interiors on our “dream house” Pinterest board are a far cry from the one we live in. But, hey, it can’t hurt to dream—one day it’ll all come together! That said, if you wish for a loftier, more expansive home, there are a few tricks that you can institute now to make your interiors for more spacious. Read on for our favorite tips for making a small room feel bigger.

Photo by Brittany Ambridge, design by William McClure

White Out

If you want to make your home feel bright, airy, and more spacious than it is, paint your walls white. The neutral tone will make your interiors feel and look bigger. In general, dark colors appear to advance, and make your space feel more cavernous, while pale colors appear to recede, making it feel more expansive. And white is as pale as it gets.

Be in the Clear

One of the easiest ways to make any room feel bigger is to use glass or Lucite (acrylic) furniture. These clear materials visually declutter your space and blend into the interior, so your space doesn’t appear as full or cluttered as it is. Try swapping out a bulky wood coffee table for a Lucite waterfall table or put a glass console table in a small entry instead of a painted one.

Get Low

Is your home vertically challenged? Augment its height by using low-slung furniture or even furniture (like modular sofas) that sit directly on the floor. This designer-favorite trick allows more breathing room between your furniture and the ceiling, and creates a cozy, lounge-like vibe.

Photo by Patrick Cline

Integrate Banquette Seating

The chaos of numerous table and chair legs can quickly make your living or dining room look a Rockettes show—all legs, and not in a good way. Trade two or three sets of chair legs for one by integrating banquette or sofa seating where you can. Having larger-scale pieces like this can actually make any room feel more expansive.

Styling by Erin Swift

Reflect With Mirrors

Mirrors are a small space’s best friend. Why? Because they make any space look twice as big! We love the look of one oversize mirror, but a collection of smaller mirrors also does the trick—the more, the merrier. You can even benefit from mirrored furniture like mirrored coffee tables, nightstands, and dressers.

Have you tried any of these at home? Let us know in the comments.

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