IF YOU have a small room in your house that you want to make look bigger, there are more tips and tricks than you might think.
This interior designer has shared 13 of her best tricks, and you don’t have to break the bank to give them a whirl, either.
Kristen McGowan explained that you wouldn’t decorate a large space the way you would decorate a small space, so there are always a few things to consider.
Stick to small furniture
Bigger isn’t always better, especially if you have a small room.
Kristen explained, “Big, heavy, clunky furniture will weigh down your space.
“But buying smaller furniture that doesn’t take up as much space frees up some space and makes it look bigger.”
She added that many furniture stores sell small, apartment-specific furniture that works great in tiny spaces.
Reconsider the placement of your furniture
“Try to keep it off the walls,” Kristen said.
Placing furniture in the center of the room always makes the room appear much larger and more cohesive.
Of course, if your room is too small for that, the design pro suggested angling furniture into corners instead, “that works well with armchairs and reading nooks,” she said.
Use multipurpose furniture
Whether it’s a console table that doubles as a desk or a couch that doubles as a pull-out bed, having furniture that can be used in more than one way means you’ll need less furniture overall.
Kristen added that pieces of furniture that double as storage are also perfect for smaller spaces.
Try transparent furniture
See-through tables and chairs instantly make any space appear larger, the interior designer explained.
It could be a glass table or even an acrylic unit.
“It’ll make you feel like there’s so much more space, even if you haven’t removed any furniture,” she said.
Choose furniture with longer legs
“If you want to gain more space in your room, choose furniture that is off the floor and has a tapered leg.
“This allows you to see the floor space and raise your furniture a bit, which lifts your eyes and makes your space appear larger!”
Add a large rug
According to the pro, if your rug is small, the room will also feel small.
Adding a large area rug that takes up more space can anchor your furniture and make the entire room appear larger.
Add more mirrors
“It’s one of the easiest things you can do,” Kristen said.
Hanging mirrors opposite windows especially helps to create the illusion of more space and reflect the light much more.
Hang curtains closer to the ceiling
Raising your curtains just a few inches can make a world of difference.
This is because your walls look a lot taller than they actually are.
There are many ways you can do this, but one easy way is to find furniture that will hide it with baskets and extra drawers.
Kristen said: “It will open up the look of your space so there is less lying around and everything is hidden.
“That’s why I like to use baskets because I can keep whatever I want out there, but they’re hidden.”
Mount your TV
“It’s such a simple thing, but it makes such a big difference,” Kristen shared.
It also means you need one less piece of furniture in your room, which is always a bonus in closets.
Paint the entire wall the same color
While most rooms have one color on the walls and a different color on the baseboards, this can break up the space and make it appear smaller.
Painting everything but the ceiling the same shade will instantly draw the eye up and make the room appear larger.
Add an accent wall
Kristen said, “A little accent piece makes a room look really exciting, but it also makes it feel bigger.
“It draws a lot of attention to one area of the room, which leaves room to breathe in the other areas.”
Use wallpaper with large patterns
If you’re more of a wallpaper type, opting for designs with larger patterns can also create the illusion of more space.
Kristen explained, “It will trick your eye into believing it’s a giant wall, if you do a small pattern it can look too cluttered and hectic.”