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Making Your Small Room Look Bigger: Tips and Tricks

ERA Evergreen



Sep 25 3 minutes read

While some people enjoy compact homes, others may be disappointed by the lack of space, particularly when moving into and decorating a small room. Of course, they overlook the fact that compact areas are much easier to decorate, maintain clean, and organize--all of which are advantages if you're a busy bee like us! Creating the illusion of more space in a small room can make it feel more comfortable and visually appealing.

So, if you're seeking to give your small room a makeover (or if you're living in one for the first time), these simple techniques will help you make a small space look bigger without breaking the budget.

Use Light Colors  

Lighter colors, especially whites, and soft pastels can make a room feel more open and airy. They reflect light and create a sense of space. Consider using light-colored paint for your walls, ceiling, and furniture.


Minimalist Furniture 

Choose furniture with clean lines and a minimalist design. Bulky or oversized furniture can overwhelm a small room and make it feel cramped. Opt for furniture that serves multiple functions, such as a sofa bed or a wall-mounted desk.


Wall-Mounted Furniture 

To free up floor space, use wall-mounted shelves, cabinets, and even floating vanities. This not only makes the room look bigger but also provides storage without taking up valuable space.



Mirrors can create the illusion of depth and reflect light, making a small room feel more open. Place a large mirror on one wall or use mirrored furniture to enhance the effect.


Multi-Functional Furniture 

Invest in furniture that serves multiple purposes, like a dining table that can double as a workspace or a bed with storage underneath. This maximizes functionality while minimizing clutter.


Declutter and Organize 

Keep your small room clutter-free by regularly decluttering and organizing. Use storage bins, baskets, and shelves to keep items out of sight. A tidy room always appears more spacious.


Opt for Vertical Space 

Utilize vertical space to make the most of your room's height. Tall bookshelves, floor-to-ceiling curtains, and wall-mounted decor can draw the eye upward and create a sense of vertical spaciousness.


Choose the Right Lighting 

Proper lighting can make a room feel more inviting and open. Use ambient and task lighting strategically to eliminate shadows and brighten dark corners. Consider pendant lights or wall sconces to save floor and table space.


Furniture Leg Styles 

Furniture with exposed legs, such as sofas and chairs, can create a sense of openness by allowing light to pass underneath. This gives the appearance of more floor space. Be sure to choose furniture with slender legs.


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