They say bigger is better, but we happen to think there’s something quite special about small spaces. While they do have their challenges (likewhere to fit all your stuff), they can be just as open and inviting as a home with more substantial square footage. And with a few foolproof tips, a small space can even look (and feel) larger than it actually is – and we’re showing you how.
Embracing a few essential elements is the key to making your small space feel much more spacious than its modest footprint. Even the smallest studio can have a look that defies its square footage! And it’s as easy as adding one item to a room, changing up paint colors, going vertical, or even scaling things down.
Keep scrolling to see all our tips to give your small space a big presence.
Want even more tips for living big in a small space? Check out our posts Small Space Living: 5 Affordable Solutions To Help You Live Smarter (and more organized) and Small Spaces, Big Problems: Your Most Asked Questions
Mix In MIRRORS
Mirror mirror on the wall. Are you what I need to make my space feel less small? Yes! Mirrors are perhaps the easiest way to bring in lots of light and trick the eye into thinking a room is larger and more open than it actually is. Try a mirror in a narrow entryway, over a console in the diminutive dining room, or a full-length version in the bedroom to add valuable visual inches.
A round mirror works well to soften a space and break up the vertical and horizontal lines in a room.
Go VERTICAL (OR HORIZONTAL)
Whether up and down, or all around, emphasizing the height or width of a room is another trick for making a space feel more spacious. If you’ve got a room with high ceilings, focus on the vertical space, whether through a tall bookshelf, vertical artwork, or slim pendant light fixture, and you’ll increase the feeling of openness. While a wide room with lower ceilings will benefit from highlighting the horizontal aspects of the space (like horizontal paneling or stripes). It also moves your eye around, giving the illusion of more room.
A vertical stripe peel and stick wallpaper is an easy way to add height (and can be changed out just as easily).
SCALE Things Down
Sometimes in a small space, you do have to think smaller to look bigger. So when it comes to furniture, scaling down the size of your sofa, coffee table or dining table can make a petite room feel proportional and (you guessed it) bigger! Loveseats or apartment-sized sofas, round dining tables, and armless side chairs are all good options for keeping things sized just right.
Choose furniture that has narrow legs or glass tops, as it will feel lighter and take up less visual weight in a small space.
TRICK Your Eye
Paint isn’t just for adding color: you can also use it to play some tricks on your eye and expand a space. Darker colored walls can actually make a room feel wider while extending your wall color several inches onto the ceiling creates the illusion of more ceiling height. You can also paint your walls, molding, doors, and ceiling the same shade to make the corners of a room visually recede.
Always test out your paint colors by applying a 12″ x 12″ sample on the wall (and reviewing it at different times of day) before committing to a color.