Tips to make small space feel big

Living in a small space can be quite challenging, but there are ways to make any home feel more spacious. You can live comfortably in a small area and stretch the square footage by making the space work for you.

11 tips to help make the most of small spaces:

  1. Be cool: Light and airy colors will help small spaces feel just a bit larger. Stick to cool colors like blue and green.
  2. Go monochromatic: Think soothing tone-on-tone for paint techniques, fabrics, and patterns. Cream and white, icy blues, pale greens, and butter yellows are just a few of the combinations that can open up a small room.
  3. Keep it open: Whenever possible, arrange furnishings to open up areas of floor and avoid blocking views to windows and doors. The farther you can see into, and through, a space, the larger and more open it will seem.
  4. Make a match: Consider painting or staining some of your furniture to match your walls. Even large chests and armoires will seem to melt into the background when finished in a color that's close to the wall tone. Add tone-on-tone stencil details to doors for added interest.
  5. Lighten up: Uncover windows and add additional light fixtures to avoid dark, dreary corners. Brighter spaces will automatically make the room feel larger.
  6. Clear the table: Bring in some see-through style by using glass tables. They'll provide useful surfaces as dining or end tables, yet practically disappear in a visual perception of the room.
  7. Find two-in-ones: Maximize space with furniture that serves multiple functions. Some headboards double as bookshelves, for example – or try an ottoman with built-in storage space, which can also function as a coffee table.
  8. Live large: A few larger pieces of furniture will reduce the visual clutter that can result from several smaller items. Stick with simple lines and shapes to create a sense of calm and space. Avoid small artwork. Larger pieces can make the space feel larger.
  9. Keep it simple: Cover sofas and chairs with plain or textured upholstery rather than vibrant prints. Neutral tones in lighter colors will usually make a room feel larger.
  10. Reflect your style: Add sparkle and reflection to your space with mirrors. Place mirrors on a wall opposite the windows to increase light and reflect outside scenery.
  11. Go to great heights: Take advantage of the height in your room. Install shelves all the way up to the ceiling.

More Like This

5 Ways to Make Small Spaces Feel Larger

LivingRoom.jpg

Contrary to popular belief, using large pieces in a small room is far better than filling a small room with many, smaller pieces of furniture, says Nesbitt. (Photo courtesy of Aesthete Designs)
Contrary to popular belief, using large pieces in a small room is far better than filling a small room with many, smaller pieces of furniture, says Nesbitt. (Photo courtesy of Aesthete Designs)

When your space is feeling cramped, you may not be able to knock down a wall, but you can still get a more open feel in your room with these tips.

Add comment

Anonymous reviews are Internet graffiti.  Angie's List has real reviews from real people.

What is Angie's List?

Angie’s List is the trusted site where more than 2 million households go to get ratings and reviews on everything from home repair to health care. Stop guessing when it comes to hiring! Check Angie’s List to find out who does the best work in town.

Local Discounts

Daily deals up to 70% off popular home improvement projects from top-rated contractors on Angie’s List!