Sunday, September 22, 2019

How to Make Smaller Rooms Look Bigger


Whether you're selling your home or not, these essential design tips will help you make a smaller room seem bigger.

1. Put a Large Vertical Framed Mirror on the Wall

If you have the wall space, consider featuring an oversized mirror. With 8-foot ceilings, a mirror that's about 5 feet in height by 4 feet wide will make a powerful impact. Of course, the size will have to vary according to the space you have on the wall. The main point is that the mirror impacts the space by reflecting light, furnishings, and colors in the room. Wall mounting a heavy mirror may not be an option, especially for tenants; if that's the case, you can lean it up against a wall. Keep the area around it clear for maximum effect. Here's a free-standing mirror to give you an idea of the look.

2. Don't Block Windows and Doorways with Furniture

This can be a tricky task in a small room. However, put that thinking cap on and consider how to layout the furniture so that windows are left unobstructed. This is especially true for rooms with floor to ceiling windows, patio doors, and longer lower windows, as shown in the photo below.


Although the room featured in the photo below has high ceilings, it's still a small space. The design layout is ideal for the area as the couch, or other furniture doesn't block the window, helping to create an open feel.


3. Hang Your Drapes Floor to Ceiling

This technique is especially useful if your ceilings are standard height or a bit low. By bringing the drapes up to the ceiling, you help eyes to be drawn upwards, which in turn creates a feeling that the room is larger. Take another look at the above photo to see how the homeowners successfully accomplished this with their drapery position.

4. Don't Be Afraid to Add Larger Furniture Pieces

With a smaller room, the natural instinct is to shy away from larger furniture pieces. However, the opposite approach actually works better. Choose one, or maybe two at the most, large items rather than multiple smaller ones. Too many smaller pieces can make a room feel cluttered and disorganized.

5. Go Easy on Accessories

We all love pillows, throw blankets, decorated coffee tables and dresser tops, however, that's a recipe for creating a crowded feeling in a small room. Choose the items you prefer sparingly. Don't be afraid of putting one larger decorative piece on top of a cabinet or dresser. By limiting your decorative accessory choice to one impressive impact-piece, you keep the smaller items in that smaller room to a minimum.

So there you have five easy ways to help make your small room seem bigger. Let's review: 
  • Keep the windows open and clear
  • Use a large impressive vertical mirror
  • Install floor to ceiling drapes
  • Add one or two larger furniture pieces
  • Limit accessories
How to Make a Smaller Room Look Larger




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4 comments:

  1. You always have the very best suggestions in home decor! And, you always make me want to jump up to redecorate, rearrange, pick-up, etc. the rooms in my home. I never thought about larger furniture in a small room. I think I would naturally go for smaller in smaller, yet I can certainly see the wisdom in your advice.

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    1. Thanks Sylvestermouse :) When I'm working on home decor things I want to redecorate and shuffle things around too - love this stuff - the larger furniture piece in a small room does work - one of the bedrooms in our home is very small, and on one wall we have a small piano in it (my son does music, and there's a bed and a desk) - everything fits beautifully. looks cozy - so essentially two moderate/large pieces (they're not deep though, not taking up too much floor area) and the bed - really cute - I would say a wider and taller dresser that's not too deep would look lovely in a small room as well

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  2. Your decor design ideas always fascinate me, Barbara. I am dealing with smaller spaces myself these days and these are good suggestions. The "limit accessories" is my favorite as I hate clutter.

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    1. I hear you on the clutter thing - I love coming up with creative ways to deal with things one would normally display on a mantel, coffee table etc - especially photos - I think that will have to be the next article :) oh, and thank you

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