4 Interior Design Tricks to Make a Small Room Seem Larger

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Are you short on space, but high on style?   That is a great combination, because you can use some interior design tricks and tips to make any small space seem larger, and that can be very valuable into today’s real estate economy as people are opting for smaller, more efficient spaces, and in some places like New York or San Francisco, small spaces is all you have access to.  Do the phrases tiny house or “microloft” mean anything to you?  Just because you have a small space doesn’t mean you can’t style it to have fabulous look and function.

Today, lets look at five interior design tricks.

Furniture Selection & Placement


If you are getting ready to decorate your small space with some new furniture, take your time, and consider your selection carefully.  First and foremost make sure any piece of furniture you choose can pull double duty – sofa’s, ottoman’s, desks – every type of furniture can be created to allow for extra storage, and pair it with storage such as drawers, baskets, and boxes according to HGTV.  When considering your furniture layout, they don’t need to go flush to the wall.   According to the website Stylecaster, why not place a piece at an angle, or just off the wall, allowing for some space to walk behind it. This can make the room seem larger. Freshome.com recommends mixing large and small pieces to find a good balance, or if the space is really small, just pick one or two really good pieces to use in the room – less is more.  Consider glass, lucite or other clear furniture, they don’t take up any visual space when the eye surveys the room.  Another good interior design trick is to use furniture with legs, versus pieces that sit flush with the floor.

The Optical Illusion

When you are decorating a small space, sometimes it is all about creating the optical illusion, and it is a lot easier than you might think. One of the easiest ways to make a space seem larger is to use mirrors.  The extra light, and reflection back into the room immediately makes a space seem bigger – especially if you can fit an oversized mirror in the room.   Another trick is to use stripes on your walls, furniture, or an area rug.  The stripes give the illusion of never ending which makes the room seem a lot larger, just like you can make your walls seem larger when its adorned with oversized artwork.  When selecting home decor accents, Jessica Probus of Buzzfeed recommends using fewer and larger pieces because small accents make a room feel busy and crowded.  When it comes to your lighting plan just the opposite may be true…consider using multiple lighting units that make the space feel more spread out, instead of one big lighting unit or chandelier.  Lastly, you can use area rugs to break up different sections of a room.

Colors & Light

When you live in a small space maintaining, or creating, as much natural light as possible, is super important.  It is a good idea to use a lighter and more monochromatic color scheme. The only exception to this is the ceiling.  By using brighter and more lively colors and patterns on your ceiling, it draws the eye upwards, which makes the space seem larger.  Decorating your windows in a small space is of particular importance, and less is best, in fact you can skip the window covering all together, so you make sure you don’t cover up whatever natural light you do have.  It is better to opt for roman shades or blinds if you are concerned about privacy. Another fun interior design trick is to color coordinate your knick knacks, books, and home accents, which creates a nice, simple, systematic look.

Walls & Floors

The walls and floors are two of the largest surfaces in any space, no matter how big or small they are. You can make your room seem larger and higher by using wall to wall shelves, and book cases.  Also consider your vertical space, by hanging shelves at ceiling level.  This is great for small spaces that need more storage, but also to draw the eye upwards.   When you look down at your flooring, lighter floors are always the best choice for small rooms, especially if you can keep them in the same monochromatic family as the rest of the room.  The scale of your flooring is also important in a small space.  Although it may seem like narrow planks are better, just the opposite is true.  Wider planks, something in the 5-8″ range is a better solution because it minimizes the number of seams in the floor, which the room feel so much larger.

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