Make a small room appear larger


Everyone has at least one room in their home that is too small.

Here are 10 ways to make any room look bigger.

1. Using soft, lighter colors for paints and accessories as opposed to bright or dark colors.  This makes a room feel larger. Work with pastels, neutrals and/or whites.

2. Choose monochromatic color scheme.  Colors with the same hue but different intensities. (A paint swatch card would provide an example of different tones of the same color). Use two or more of these monochromatic colors on furniture, rugs, and/or walls to create a stylish, pleasant look.

3. Use lighting to open up space. Recessed spot lighting is attractive and practical. A torchiere light allows light to bounce from the ceiling back down to the room. Skylights and solar tubes add natural light.

4. Minimize accessories and decorations to avoid clutter, which would make the room feel even smaller.

5.Choose a light-colored carpet or light oak to make the room appear brighter. Keep the ceiling white or at least a light color to open up the space.

6. Wall mirrors make the room look larger and reflect images, light and color. Try mirror tiles on an entire wall, making the room feel double in size.

7. Limit the amount of furniture in small places. Try downsizing a full-size sofa to a love seat.

8. Put up paintings or prints to add depth. Larger paintings work better than a group of small paintings.

9. Keep the room visually balanced. For example, a large and bright element could overwhelm a small room and make the room feel small.

10. Try using a glass table for dining, coffee, or end table. They will keep the room feeling open.

Alison O’Toole

Alison O’Toole

CENTURY 21 Bachman & Associates
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