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How to make a small room look bigger


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If the rooms in your house are fairly small, you can sometimes feel a bit cramped, particularly if you have a lot of belongings. However, I’m here to show you that it’s all about perception and perspective. It’s fairly simple to give the illusion of space and the good news is that it won’t set you back a lot of money either. Here are some tips for making a small room look bigger.

Mirror mirror on the wall

By hanging large mirrors on your walls, you’ll instantly give the illusion that the room extends much further than it actually does. You could choose to hang one very large mirror on just one of the walls, or hang multiple smaller mirrors and make them into a decorative feature. It doesn’t matter whether the mirrors hang portrait, landscape, or a combination of the two.

Choose light colours

You may have heard people say that the darker the room colour, the smaller and more cramped it feels. For that reason, when painting a small room, you should try to choose light shades. Combine your choice of light colour with plenty of bright lighting. The lighter and brighter your room, the larger it will look. If you’re lucky enough to have a large window on one or more of the walls of the room, this will also let in lots of natural light, making the space seem bright and airy.

Paint the ceiling to match

By painting the ceiling the same shade as the walls, your eye will be fooled into thinking that the room is bigger than it is. This is because the lines between the walls and ceiling will be less discernible. Another way to fool your eye into thinking your ceiling’s really high is to choose a long and narrow piece of artwork for the wall. If your eye has to move up and down to take in the full piece, it will make the ceiling seem really far away from the floor.

Make the most of space

One of the reasons for the room’s size could simply be that it is an unusual shape. Rather than waste the space you do have available, make the most of every nook and cranny. If you have a sloping wall, hang shelves down the length of it and use them for storage. Areas of low head height can be used for storing crates and boxes too, keeping clutter off the floor.

Choose customised furniture

By opting for customised furniture, you’ll be able to specify the exact measurements of each piece. Draw up a plan of your room to scale and work out exactly which pieces of furniture should fit where in order to give you maximum floor space. By customising the size of your room furniture, you’ll find that there is room for a bed, bedside table, wardrobe, and computer desk – magic eh? You may even find that you can make do with a smaller bed than the standard size. By making simple size switches, your room will instantly look and feel larger and you will be left with more space.

This great post was written by Hayley Spring is a freelance writer and Interior Designer. She is currently writing in conjunction with Rose and Grey

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  1. Chichi Furniture Reply November 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Love mirrors, they are a fab way of enhancing a space and reflecting more light around a room. They make beautiful features.


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