Seven Design Tips to Make a Small Space Appear Larger

Smaller spaces can be tricky to design, but they don’t need to feel cramped, claustrophobic, or uncomfortable. There are ways to make a small space feel open and airy without sacrificing style. We’ve put seven design tips that are easy to implement and can help make a small space appear larger.

Light and Bright

Darker shades are definitely design friendly these days, but in a small space they can make the room feel confined. Use these dramatic, deep tones in smaller doses on accents like decorative pillows, area rugs, or art. To create a bright, fresh feeling, keep lighter hues on larger surfaces such as walls and furniture pieces. 

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Any discussion of a small space needs to include the idea of using mirrors, as they are the easiest and quickest way to create a sense of openness. Not only do mirrors reflect loads of light, but they also reflect the view, which tricks the eye into perceiving more space. Whether it’s using mirrored tiles as a kitchen back splash or leaning an over-sized, full-length mirror against a wall, this is a simple solution to making a space appear larger than it is.

The Magic of Multi-Function

Even tiny rooms can be fully functional when designed with furniture that serves several purposes. Effective methods to simplify a space are Murphy beds, ottomans that also act as storage, or a mobile desk that can be hidden when not in use. 

Ditch the Drapes

By skipping over the dark, heavy drapes, and leaving the windows uncovered, natural light embraces the room and the line of sight continues to the landscape outside. If you do need privacy or softness, focus on using blinds or light, simple fabrics that look and feel breezy. Even the simple act of removing the screens in your model home brings in additional direct, natural light. 

Scale and Space (Not Always Small)

Within a tighter space, it’s all about proportions. Proportions don’t necessarily mean smaller. For example, lose the side chairs and stick solely with a sectional. One prominent piece can keep an area uncluttered, rather than feeling chaotic with a bulk of smaller pieces. 

Be Smart with Stripes

Stripes are a clever design detail that can create the illusion of added length or height. As seen in the model home above, horizontal, wall-to-wall shiplap helps elongate the flex space. Creative features such as this add a depth of character and texture, without sacrificing space. 

Keep It Simple

Above all, keep the clutter clear. When overloaded with art, accessories, or furniture, there’s no doubt a room will feel confined and cramped. With just a few statement pieces, a small space can still maintain personality while appearing open, airy, and inviting.

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