Five Tips to Make a Small Room Seem More Spacious

Five Tips to Make a Small Room Seem More Spacious
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    No matter how beautiful your home is, there may be one room you dread going into because of its small size.

    At a house we lived in years ago, the back bedroom was so tiny we ended up transforming it into an office.


Whether it’s a living room, den, family room or bedroom, small spaces make us feel confined. They can also be hard to decorate because the wrong furniture can give the room an overcrowded feel. Not everyone has the budget to knock down walls or make other structural changes to renovate a compact room. There are a few things you can do, however, to maximize your square footage and give the illusion of spaciousness. The following five tips can add a dash of charm to your small room and make it appear larger to the eye.

Downsize Your Furniture

A bulky sofa or bedroom set can make a tiny room seem even more cramped and lessen the amount of space you have to move around. As you decorate this small room, consider furniture that serves several different functions. In a tiny living room, a wooden chest or ottoman can also function as a coffee table. A book shelf along the wall doesn’t only have to house the classics. You can place family pictures, candles and vases on its shelves. Move heavier items of furniture against a wall, so they’re not cluttering up the middle of the room. In the dining room, a glass table gives the appearance of more space.

Choose the Right Colors to Open Up a Room

Dark colors may seem bold and edgy when you’re painting a large room, but certain colors – such as deep blues, reds and oranges – can call attention to the lack of space in a small room and make it appear closed in. Light colors, such as white, pastels and neutrals, give the appearance of more square footage. An accent wall that is painted a deeper shade than the other three walls can also make a room feel airy. Vertical stripes on your accent wall can make it seem that your ceiling is higher than it actually is.

Mirrors Can Create the Illusion of Space

Mirrors aren’t just for the bathroom. The proper use of mirrors in the living room, den or bedroom can reflect light and color. A full-length mirror on one wall of the living room will add extra light and depth to the area. Mirrored furniture, such as a cabinet or dresser, is not only classy but can reflect the furniture surrounding it and really open up a room.

Proper Lighting Works Wonders

Dark rooms are not only drab and unappealing, they tend to look confined. A room that lets in a lot of natural light seems more spacious and inviting. If your small room doesn’t have a window, never fear. Floor lamps, chandeliers and recessed lighting all contribute to brightening a dining room, bedroom or office and maximizing your square footage. Placing several small lamps throughout a living room not only adds a dramatic element but tricks the eye into thinking the space is larger than it is.

Bigger isn’t always better. Some compact rooms can be lovely, practical and easy to maintain. The above tips can help beautify your small space and make the area seem roomier and more enjoyable.

Ann Martin is a contributing writer for Dinnerware Center, which specializes in dinnerware and flatware sets such as Oneida Flatware. Ann also contributes articles to other home and garden sites. When Ann is not decorating her house, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

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Ann Martin

Ann Martin is a freelance writer for Dinnerware Center, which is home to an extensive collection of dinnerware and flatware sets. Ann is a writer for other home and cooking websites. When Ann is not writing, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.