So many of us have small spaces in our homes that we want to feel larger. These seven tips for how to make a small room look bigger are how the pros do it!
Hi guys! Chelsea here from Making Manzanita where it's all about making your house a home you love. I love teaching overwhelmed women how to decorate their homes on a budget. Today I'm going to be chatting about something that I've learned the in's and out's of….SMALL spaces. A couple of years ago we moved into a pretty small home and I had to employ all the tricks in the book of ‘how to make a small room look bigger.' Living in a small home is a problem that I think a lot of us deal with. Fortunately, there are some tried and true tricks of the trade on ways to make a room feel larger. And today I'm spilling all the secrets!
How to Make a Small Room Look Bigger
Hang your curtains to the ceiling
Don't just hang your curtains to the top of your window frame…take your curtains all the way up to the ceiling like Elsie has done here in her Master Bathroom shown on A Beautiful Mess. This simple hack will help elongate the room height and make it feel much taller than it is. Be sure to buy a correct length of the curtains because you want them to hang all the way to the floor. Otherwise, it will look a bit like high water pants!
Lighten up the color scheme
You will seriously be amazed as the dramatic transformation you can make by simply lightening up the color scheme of a room. Just look at what a big difference it made in Kristi's living room shown on Making It In The Mountains after they lightened the wall color and furniture. The room feels much larger now, doesn't it?
Add an accent wall
Adding an accent wall is a great way to make room feel larger. One of the many things we did during our farmhouse bathroom renovation shown on my blog, Making Manzanita, was to add a simple faux shiplap wall behind the toilet. By giving the eye somewhere interesting to focus immediately, you are distracted about the rather small size of the room and let me tell ya…this bathroom is SMALL. You can see that we also lightened up the color scheme and replaced the toilet with one a little taller, which helps make the room feel a bit taller (just like that hanging the curtains higher trick!).
Emphasize and increase natural light
Ditch the dated blinds and let the natural light in!! Emphasizing and increasing the amount of natural light makes a huge difference in making the room feel larger. You can see here that Shannon from AKA Design removed the blinds and let the natural light pour in her living room. She also lightened up the color scheme, which made a big difference.
Incorporate statement art
Statement art is a great way to make a room feel larger. Statement art is just how it sounds…large art that really makes a statement in the room. It gives the eye somewhere to focus, and hopefully the art is interesting and appealing. Our very own Tasha from Designer Trapped has done a great job in her master bedroom with adding statement art. Adding the interest to the walls not only adds a tons of character to the room, but makes it feel larger.
Incorporate a mirror
An old tried and true trick to make a room feel larger is to add a mirror in the room. There's something about the reflection in the mirror and seeing “more” room that really makes an impact and make a room feel larger. Erin from DIY Passion has done a great job at incorporate this hack in her bedroom (she also added a colorful accent wall, which I LOVE).
Add smart storage
There's no surprise that if there is less clutter in a room, it will definitely feel larger. One of the best ways to make a room feel larger is to add some smart storage. Sara from Twelve on Main has done a great job in her farmhouse master bedroom with adding in these built-ins into a window seat for some additional smart storage.
If you're dealing with a small home, I'm sure you are constantly thinking about how to make a small room look bigger. Even if you don't have a small home, you can still benefit by trying some of these 7 ways to make a room feel even larger. They will work instant magic and you will be shocked at how much bigger your space feels!
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And before you head out, be sure to grab Tasha's free guide on how to design a room you love. It's full of great tips!