How to Make a Small Room Look Bigger


  • Use Monochromatic color scheme to unify and to make small rooms look bigger.
  • Consider curtains to be same color as walls to help avoid contrast to the space.
  • Consider the same colors for both furniture and walls
  • Contrast is what makes a room look smaller.
  • Use same wall and ceiling color to make room look taller.Hang art high
  • Reflected ceiling Low profile furniture, floor to ceiling drapery, vertical lines


White Walls. Of course, in a majority of situations, white walls are going to make everything feel proportionately larger. Scale up your room visually by utilizing light neutrals on the walls and keeping furniture light, bright and airy to maximize the feeling of additional space.

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Here are some Do’s


Using cool colors will make the walls visually recede.

This is a monochromatic room in cool shades of blue.

Using color schemes that are light rather than bright or dark.  Pastels, neutrals, and white are all color choices but it is also possible to use dramatic colors in a small room successfully.  (This point can be argued for dark colors too depending on the context.)



Here are some Don’ts for small rooms but they can work for larger rooms.   Please notice how the high contrast makes the room look shorter.  It is the contrast and not the dark color that makes the room look smaller.  I think that this kind of room will impress some people while others will think that it is too strong.




Here is a monochromatic dark room to show how contrast is really the enemy of a small room and not being dark.


Here is a monochromatic room in red using many of the tricks written about on this page.  The curtains go all the way to the ceiling and this particular color of red is used throughout the room.  Red is a really strong color and yet, it is serving to unify the room here.

Here is a strong blue color that is also serving to unify the entire kitchen below.

Here is a really strong dark blue/black that is used to unify this monochromatic room.  As you can see, the color is mighty and strong yet it works because the room is monochromatic.  If it were highly contrasting, it may be a difficult room to be in.

Go Dark. This may sound contradictory to keeping things light, white and bright; but painting the ceiling or one wall in a dark, rich color can really make things feel more open. The complete stark contrast of black and white or a navy and winter white really add major depth, raise the ceiling up and create an almost “never ending” feeling to a space. The illusion and perception of dimension and depth created from this can be just what you need, though it sounds scary.

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Use oversize pieces of furniture for focal points but this can fail if you don’t know what you are doing.

Add paintings to the walls.  One large painting works better than a group of small prints.Make Your Small Space Feel Larger With These 8 Creative Tips (2)

Wall paperprints on walls should be small to create a blending.

Leave some shelves open.
Use large pieces of artwork on walls to make a clean/neat space.
Use well placed mirrors are used for expanding walls, amplifying light, breaking up visual clutter. Using large mirrors in small rooms can be used to solve many issues.
Adding a floor to ceiling wall unit, shelving, or bookcase will create an impressive wall and expand the wall by pushing the ceiling and walls outward.
Do not fill up every shelf with something.  leave some shelves empty.

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Use a large floor length mirror behind a piece of furniture in tight spaces. Mirrors the same width of the furniture make the piece look purposeful and prominent rather than shoved in. Entry consoles are perfect places since in small homes they are usually tucked in wherever they’ll fit. A large mirror in the landing strip area will also allow you the easy luxury of one last “once over” before you dash out the door. For safety, attach the mirror to the wall with brackets even if you are resting the mirror on the floor.

Using Scale

Place a mirror behind a light source. Whether it’s behind a candle, a pendant light, or a bedside lamp, a mirror will help to maximize the light’s reach while creating an almost magical effect.

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Create another window by placing a mirror next to or across from the real deal. The reflection maximizes the effect of natural light and pleasant outdoor views, allowing you to appreciate them from multiple angles Mirrors. Of course the reflective nature of mirrors is going to vastly improve the implied square footage of a space. Mirrored closet doors, a mirrored wall in a room or a set of design oriented mirrors arranged nicely on a bare wall can greatly add depth and dimension to your space

Create wow with windows
Keep the Windows Bare. Ditch the elaborate window treatments in tiny spaces. They draw too much attention, make the interior feel enclosed and are much more effort than they are worth. Keeping windows as open as possible allows for the eye to wander elsewhere, not to mention– more natural light will flood in which is also a plus.
Make small windows appear larger by installing curtain rods near the ceiling and hanging drapes high. For a wall with two or more small windows, fit the drapery across them all as if they were one picture window. The effect, especially when the drapes are closed, can be grand and dramatic. And avoid heavy window coverings that block light. Instead, opt for sheer, diaphanous fabrics that let the sun shine in.


Use curtains or blinds that are monochromatic and not contrasting to unify a small room.
If you have large windows with beautiful views bring outside colors into the room to unify the outside world with the inside and expand the look of the space.
Avoid ruffles in furniture and window treatment.  Use paneled drapes or shades.
Use smaller prints or plain color fabrics and rugs will create a unified effect and visually expand the room.


Get it off the floor.  (use couches, chairs and pieces of furniture that are elevated and lighten a space)

Show some floor when placing rugs.

Placing wood or tile flooring at a diagonal pattern can also widen or lengthen a room. Using larger tiles or wider planks of wood can also widen a room where there is less grout lines or wood seams work to widen a room.

Reduce grout lines by using either large or small tiles.

Using mosaic tiles which blend together also work.


Use something that will unify the room by extending a coiffered ceiling across can unify a room.

Use multi-functional furniture like ottomans which can be used as coffee tables or sitting areas.
Consider Transparency
Shorter pieces of furniture can make a ceiling look taller.  Choose sofa and chairs with open arms and exposed legs.   Glass tables will make a room look bigger.  This allows light to pass through the room and make the room look more airy.   Using furniture with space between the floor and the bottom of the furniture also makes room look bigger.

Make Your Bed

Use a canopy to draw the eye vertically to create the illusion of a taller room.

Cozy and Elegant

Make a low ceiling look higher with color.  Hide the seam line where the wall meets the ceiling like the photo below where the headboard hides the seam line.

Small Wonder

FURNITURE TREATMENTIf you use a bold large piece of furniture.  Stick to using only one bold piece.

UUsing a tall headboard to create a focal point to distract from the small space. In this petite bedroom, a oversized headboard commands attention without being overbearing. This tall, tufted headboard, upholstered in a neutral tone, provides a resting place for the eye amidst a bold wallpaper and vibrant drapes.

Head of the Bed
Create the illusion of depth.Paint a single wall a dark color to create the illusion of depth. Crisp white walls and trim add a striking contrast to this bedroom’s chocolate wall. The headboard’s geometric pattern ties the two wall colors together, and the yellow accents add a pop of color.
Paint an Accent Wall

Raise the roof…

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Leaving 8-10 inches of white at the top of the wall can make a room look taller.



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Be sensitive to scale.  Large objects, pieces of furniture or artwork in a small room need to be well placed serving to either unify or become a focal point.  Don’t place too many pieces of furniture or pieces of art in a small space.  This can create the sense of clutter.  Short pieces make a room look taller.  Tall, wide have their purposes too.


Exaggerate molding in a small room to give clarification.
Depending on the geometry of a room, you can set furniture at an angle that can widen the room.  Approaching a room with a diagonal makes the room look larger.
Allowing natural light to enter the room will make the room look bigger..

Visual balance is important.   A large brightly colored element can overwhelm a room and decrease the appearance of space.
Link adjacent spaces with the same color and flooring.
Remove as many door as possible to make the space seem bigger.
Use frameless european style doors to reduce seams

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