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How To Make A Small Room Look Bigger

Small homes are actually becoming the trend of today. Most people move into small homes because they want to live a simpler life, or it is what they can afford.

Small homes also look very elegant and cute; however, most people who live in small homes suffer from what is called ‘small space syndrome’. The symptoms of this syndrome include an inability to find things in your house due to lack of storage space, feeling suffocated sometimes in your own home, owing too much stuff for the amount of space you have, and most probably having the tendency to clean more often than necessary (because there’s little mess space).

Well, not all is lost! There are some tricks that will definitely help. Listed below are 5 hacks on how to make a small room look bigger:

1) Wallpapers

Wallpapers have been used for a very long time to add colour and improve interior design. If your room is too small, do not go for a wallpaper that has a lot of bold patterns. It will just stress you out even more. You should be using neutral wallpapers instead, muted ones with flower patterns, or some other subtle pattern that will help make your walls or the space look bigger.

The aim is to trick the mind into thinking that there is more space in your home than what it actually can physically see on the outside.

Wallpapers are cheap and it only costs around $30-$40 per roll, sometimes less if you know where to get them from. They give an instant effect as well! Just remember to choose light colors when you’re using wallpapers in a small space to make the room look bigger.

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You can use the following types of wallpapers to make your small space room look bigger:

Plain wallpapers (with subtle designs): This helps to create the illusion of expanded walls.

Patterned wallpapers (with subtle designs): This also helps to create an illusion of expanded walls.

Floral wallpapers: Another option for adding texture to your room without making it look too busy or complicated. You can choose from different variations of floral wallpaper, which include tropical plants and flowers, abstract prints with flowers, or geometric patterns with flowers printed on them.

Geometric wallpapers: A great way to add color and style to your small space room without causing too much clutter in the area.

Abstract prints: These are another good choice because they do not draw attention away from other parts of your home decor, but rather complement it very well. You need something that will go well with your sofa and carpet, for example.

2) Furniture Layout

If you have a small room and plan to purchase furniture, it means that there is also not too much furniture in your home. So why settle for lots of big furniture in the room when you can just use smaller pieces instead?

This will help to make your room look bigger than what it actually is, so this trick works really well if you’re working with limited square footage. For example, try using storage ottomans instead of large upholstered chairs or benches at the foot of your bed because they are space saving. If you do not have enough space for traditional coffee tables, then opt for nesting tables instead because they are still functional but don’t take up as much floor space.

There are also some pieces of furniture that help is space-saving and make the room look bigger, like mirrors and console tables. Mirrors reflect light very well, so they will create a more open illusion in your small space living room.

A good piece to use for this purpose is one with unique features like circles on it, unique shapes, or even animal prints (like cheetah/zebra prints) – anything that’s unique and different from what you would expect! Console tables take up little floor space and can be used to display other things. Just don’t overdo it; you should not put too many items on your tabletop because it defeats its whole purpose. If you want to add storage units in your home but don’t have the space for it, go for wall-mounted shelves instead because they take up no floor space at all!

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3) Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of any room and it can also be used to make your small space look bigger. You should avoid using too many dark or heavy curtains in your home because it will just make the room feel smaller and more cramped.

Try using light fabrics like cotton or sheer materials and keep the curtains open during the day so that natural sunlight can come in. This will help to brighten up the space and make it appear bigger.

If you’re not a fan of curtains, then use blinds instead, but choose a light colour like white or cream to help reflect light. You should also avoid using track lighting because it will make the room feel even smaller.

4) Accessories

When accessorizing your small space room, you should choose items that are both functional and decorative. Choose a few statement pieces that will help to add personality to the room without taking up too much space.

For example, use a large vase or sculpture on a table or shelf to add height to the area and make it look more spacious. If you have a lot of artwork, try grouping them together on one wall instead of scattering them around the room. This will help to unify the look of the space and make it appear bigger.

Another thing you can do is choose accessories in lighter colors like pastels or neutrals, as darker colors often make the room look smaller. Try choosing items that are sleek and modern or go for more whimsical pieces with unique silhouettes instead of traditional ones.

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5) Renovations

You can also use renovations to help open up your small space room, this will allow you to create the illusion of a bigger area without actually making any physical changes; however, remember avoid some renovation mistakes while doing so. Try hanging mirrors opposite each other on opposite walls so that it creates the impression of double the number of windows or doors in the home.

This trick will give you an expansive feeling even if it’s just painted on the wall! If your living room is lacking natural light, then installing skylights can really help to brighten up your living space and give it a more open feeling. Making your small room look bigger is definitely possible with a little bit of creativity and some strategic interior design. By using the tips mentioned in this article, you can create a more open and spacious atmosphere that’s perfect for living in. So get started today and see the results!

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Very informative article. I liked your photo placement ideas about grouping photos rather than spreading them around the room. I am going to give this a try.


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