How to Make Small Spaces Look Bigger


Although small rooms may seem cozy and fun, they can sometimes feel suffocating. As you fill your home with more belongings, storage space becomes an uncommon commodity as your trinkets begin to pile up on all the surfaces! This can leave the house looking cluttered and even more closed-in, especially in small spaces. We get it, not everyone has the luxury of having extra square footage. However, rather than settling for a dysfunctional space, here are three easy ways to make small spaces look bigger.

You can also feel free to check out our 8 tips for furnishing small spaces. We’re pretty passionate about this topic, so don’t be shy with your questions!

design your house bigger - gray living room

Small Room Design Ideas

Whether you live in a house or a small apartment complex, there are easy tips and tricks to create the illusion of a bigger and more spacious home. This can be done by purchasing the right furniture, artwork, and ornaments.

1. Use statement furniture with multiple purposes

  • Low and high: Sofas with low arms add room height and make the room feel bigger by allowing an overall view from multiple angles. This can also create movement in the space.
  • Select furniture with a “wow” factor: The “wow” comes from small characteristics such as materials used, accents, details, and patterns. This will enable you to style a room that reflects your personality. Have fun and show off your individuality!
  • Multi-purpose functionality: Selecting furniture with a dual purpose allows flexibility in life whilst removing the need for excess furniture. This also can improve overall traffic flow, so that you do not have to worry about weaving and navigating through furniture.
  • Show off some leg: Forget skirted sofas with or boxy chairs. Instead, opt for height and sleek lines which reflect light and create a sense of space 
  • Avoid small furnishings: Multiple pieces of small furniture can reduce the flow of movement in the living room. Large sofas that fill the room give the illusion of space whilst maximizing comfort.

make small spaces look bigger with linear furniture layout

2. The ABC of artwork.

  • Arranging smaller artworks or photographs can be grouped together neatly to replicate a single piece.
  • Oversized, Bold artwork will draw the eye upwards, becoming the focal point of the room and give the appearance of a bigger space. 
  • Create unity by coordinating Colors of the Artwork with soft furnishings like cushions and throw rugs.

group artwork together to make small spaces look bigger

3. Ornaments styled right.

  • Larger ornaments provide more impact, creating a sleek and modern sense of style. As a result, rooms appear clean, crisp, brighter and bigger.
  • Reduce the number of ornaments on your shelves by only displaying a few of your favorites. By keeping a few pieces of furniture or a few shelves clear of ornaments, the number of ornaments is reduced. Therefore, and appear less cluttered
  • Excess ornaments can be kept in boxes or in a cupboard and rotated every season for a fresh look, allowing you to still enjoy the benefits of those treasured belongings.
  • Place items on furniture with less use. This reduces breakage and increases functionality and comfort.
  • Add depth with items of varying heights and in groups of two or three. (The vase displayed has two stems of orchids in varying sizes).

Here are a few small-space decorating tips, too:

  1. How to decorate a small living room
  2. How to decorate a VERY small bedroom

Coffee table decorated with organization in mind

>> Comment below if you enjoyed learning how to make your small spaces look bigger! And let us know what topics you would like our designers to write about next. If you’re on a home design roll, then go read our next article on how to make your living space more functional.



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