How To Make A Small Room Look Bigger

7 Nov

There are many ways to make a small room look bigger without breaking the bank and knocking down walls. All it takes is a little know how, a touch of elbow grease and some great design ideas and you’ll be on your way to achieving a more spacious look before you know it. Here are a tips on how to make your room bigger that are easy to follow and don’t take too long to do.

Use Colors That Make A Room Look Bigger

Your first step in redesigning a room is to decide on which colors you want to use. In order to do this effectively you have to be aware of the colors that make a room look bigger. Rich colors such as burgundy and navy are beautiful and relaxing. However the darker a color, the smaller the room will appear. Therefore it’s always best to use lighter shades so that the room looks more spacious. You can easily find light shades of blue, green, yellow, grey and every other color imaginable to get the look that you want. If you really want to use a darker shade in your décor then you can do so by painting the main wall in a dark color and using a lighter one on the other three walls a light color.

Unless you’ve decided to use Moroccan interior design which calls for painting your ceiling in a dark tone as your theme, your ceiling should always be white so that it looks higher than it is.

Moldings that are used as a design accessory and are located in the middle of the wall will do more damage than good.  To make your room look bigger, use moldings at the base of your ceiling and the floor. Painting them white is the best option however if you want to add a splash of a darker color you can.


Lighting plays an essential role in any décor because the more you have the bigger your space will appear. So open up those curtains and blinds and let some light in. Not only will the room look bigger but your spirits will be lifted as well.


Hanging a mirror on one or two of the walls will reflect the image of anything that you have in your décor and make it look like there’s more space. Hanging mirrors is one of the best tricks that you can use to make your dining room or your bedroom look bigger but this trick can be used in any room in your room.


If you have the ability to do so try investing in some furnishings that can be used for multiple purposes. For example, rather than purchasing a coffee table with four legs, you can get one that has a build-in drawer so that you can store things in it. You can make your bathroom look bigger by decorating it with a vanity that has drawers and you can make more room in the bedroom by purchasing a chest of drawers with a built in vanity.

Another technique is to downsize your furniture. Just because you have a fifty five inch flat screen it doesn’t mean that you should have a couch that seats ten people and three coffee tables in the room as well. Get only what you need so that your eye movement isn’t constantly disrupted by unnecessary furnishings.

The placement of your furniture makes a difference in your décor as well. If you want to make a small room look bigger, try moving your furnishings back so that they’re against the wall and you get to see more of the floor. The larger pieces of furniture should dominate the décor while the smaller ones should be moved back.


Stay away from Victorian style curtains that are billowy. Instead look into purchasing French inspired curtains that run from the ceiling to the floor so that your eye can roll over the length of the curtains. Your curtain color should also be a lighter shade.

Get Rid Of Clutter

The more stuff you have taking up space the more your eye will stop to look at objects and the smaller the room will look. Be sure to keep your things out of sight so that there’s less interruption of eye movement. This especially goes for the laundry hamper in the bedroom.

Enjoy the new look of your home.

More Decor Inspiration:

The bedroom image is from flickr


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4 Responses to “How To Make A Small Room Look Bigger”

  1. rakhshanda November 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    Great tips Aleya!!! very informative post :)

    • Aleya November 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

      Thanks Rakshanda. It was inspired by my small guest bath. It was either start renovating or buy some paint.

  2. Olga November 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    Good tips, thanks for sharing. The post is right on time for me,I’m in the middle of redecorating couple of rooms in my house.

  3. April December 22, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Excellent tips we’re planning renovation to this summer, necessarily use your tips for my daughter room