Fool Your Friends: Make a Small Room Appear Enormous

Many open, airy spaces you've seen are actually smaller than they look. Learn how to make a room look bigger by changing a few simple features.

Providence Silver Sofa

Keep It Light With a Touch of Contrast

Light colors reflect light and will make the room appear more open. The lighter and more neutral you go, the better. Make sure the walls and all large pieces of furniture follow this color scheme. Add a just a bit of contrast with black, a bold or a bright color. You can do this with accents pillows, lamps, rugs, small pieces of furniture or wall art. Light furniture with dark detailing is also a nice touch.

(Pictured: Providence Silver Sofa)


Rectangle Mirror
Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

If you want to know how to make a room look bigger with mirrors, you can add an oversized mirror against the wall to create the illusion of a lot more space. It will also make the room look more luxurious.

Where you place your mirror will make a huge difference. Position a mirror across from a window to reflect the most light back into the room. You can also place it across a focal point in your room, like a nice piece of artwork or a fireplace.

(Pictured: Farrah Floor Mirror)



Hide As Much As You Can

Madison Rectangular Lift-top Cocktail Table

Getting rid of all clutter and leaving as less out in the open as possible will give you incredible results. The room will instantly have that clean, open look. This goes the same for wall coverings - adding too much will clash and looked cluttered. Less is more. Take advantage of furniture pieces that multitask and keep your items organized. Go for coffee tables with built-in shelves. Beds with built-in drawers underneath will instantly make your bedroom look bigger. That way, you won't need as many separate shelf units - meaning more open space.

(Pictured: Madison Rectangular Lift-top Cocktail Table)



Keep the Furniture Low Make a Room Look Taller

If you want to know how to make a room look taller, go as low as you can with your furniture. This will give you more space above, making it seem like you have really high ceilings. You can use really tall furniture for contrast against the low pieces, but try to keep them minimal. If you use a tall bookcase or curio, make sure the shelves are not too deep.

(Pictured: Fairhaven Cream Herringbone Sectional)


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