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Top tips to make a small room look bigger

Design TipsA small space can often feel a little daunting to decorate, especially if this space is a living room or somewhere where you will be spending a lot of time. However, a small space doesn’t have to equate to a cramped space. This article shares with you our top interior design tricks to make any space feel that bit bigger. Consider our top tips before you make any decorating decisions, and your small room can give the illusion of being spacious.

Light hues and colour

Colour is one of the most important aspects of interior design; it should be even more of a consideration for those of us decorating a small space. If you want to give the illusion of space, decorate your room in light colours, such as whites, cream, pale greys, and blues. You might also choose to stick to the same colour but use different (light) hues of this colour. If you want to add a bit more intensity to your room, you could consider painting the ceiling with a bolder colour to give the room a pop of colour. However, you should take care with this choice as it could make the room appear shorter.


Rather than opting for several small chairs, consider opting for one big piece. This will create a statement and become a focal point of the room. If you have the space, bring the sofa away from the wall a little. The shadows created will make the room appear bigger.

When you are limited on space, it is important to use dual-purpose and functional furniture. This may mean opting for a table that can fold away. Additionally, choose items of furniture that can also act as storage space.

Aim to keep your floor visible, this may mean choosing items of furniture, such as tables and sofas, with legs. This will allow more of the space to be viewed, thus making it feel larger.

One way to save space is to have lighting mounted on the walls. However, if you want to go for a standing light, put it in the corner of a room. The light will draw the eye’s attention and make the room feel less congested and easier to take in.

It is also a good idea to have your tv mounted onto the wall too. This will again save floor space. However, try to ensure that this wall is free of other items, such as photos or mirrors, or the wall may begin to feel overwhelming and busy.

Mirrors and windows

Keep curtains and walls the same colour and use light fabrics. Another trick is to mount the curtains near to the ceiling and use extra-long drapes. This will give the room the appearance of being taller than it is, because the ceiling will appear higher.

Mirrors are an easy way to make any room look bigger. However, big mirrors can be expensive. You may instead choose to opt for grouping smaller mirrors together on a wall.


If you have lots of books or items that need shelving, consider having floor to ceiling shelving. This will allow you to space out your books more, giving the illusion of the room being bigger than it is. If you attempt to cram all your items into a small space, the room itself will start to feel smaller. Shelving is preferable to bookcases as shelving opens space above and below.

Please contact us if you would like more advice regarding interior design for small spaces.

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