How to make a small room look bigger
Updated: Jul 17
Today's design dilemma is how to make a small room look bigger. You will learn a few tips that you can start implementing today to trick the eye. I realize that this information is second nature if you are a designer like myself, but I wanted to pass along tips that would be helpful & easy for you to do now. If you're visiting from Instagram, Facebook, Youtube or Amazon welcome! I'm so glad you're here. If you missed last week's Summer Cobbler Recipe & Video click, here. Disclaimer: this post may contain affiliate links. This helps me continue to provide you with how-to DIY projects as well as helpful blog posts. To learn more about what affiliate links are click, here.
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HOW TO MAKE A SMALL ROOM LOOK BIGGER:
1. Use very light colors or very dark neutrals to give a room depth.
Medium to deeper shades can make a room appear smaller, but when you use bright whites and deep dark paint colors, you create contrast, which creates depth and the illusion of a larger space.
2. Hang floor-to-ceiling curtains.
Hanging long curtains just below the ceiling that kiss the floor is like putting stiletto heels on a room. Ceilings instantly look higher, because your eye is drawn up. I like IKEA’s curtains the best because they consistently carry inexpensive 96″ curtains that are harder to find in store. If you want to make yours instead I have an easy no sew tutorial here.
3. Use a few larger decorative accents instead of many small decorative items
Lots of small knick-knacks tend to feel like clutter and make a room look smaller. Use the triangle rule and symmetry when styling vignettes on coffee tables, nightstands, dresser tops, and dining tables and limit decor groupings to 3 or 5 items. But you don’t need decor accents on every single surface of your home. Let a room “breathe”. See this tutorial video about it.
4. Display large-scale art or accessories.
I know your first thought may be to do the opposite - Trust me! If you have a small room and want to hang wall decor, opt for one large piece of art or a wall accent instead of a gallery wall of smaller items. If you really want a gallery wall with smaller pieces, limit it to the one wall and go simple large-scale on the other walls in the room. And it’s okay to leave some walls blank to prevent the room from feeling cluttered and overwhelming.
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