How to make a small space appear bigger….

Is it possible to make a space bigger without structurally knocking down walls? This is something us Interior Designers get asked all the time, so here are my top 5 tips in making a space appear larger

 

1. Hang your curtains from floor to ceiling. This is an absolute game changer, I can’t even express enough how this little detail totally transforms a space and gives an illusion of space. To further enhance the idea of space, try match up the colour of your curtains to the walls. And if you can, go for sheers. The more light you let through your windows the bigger your space will appear

 

this little trick is a gamechanger!
this little trick is a gamechanger!

2. Mirrors mirrors mirrors! Mirrors add depth, expand horizons and are actually one of the easiest ways of making small rooms appear larger. They literally add extra light and make small rooms appear so much bigger!

 

mirrors are key!
mirrors are key!

3. Opt for furniture on legs. Use ‘leggy’ furniture as opposed to blocky furniture on the floor. This creates a sense of lightness and space.  It’s all about the illusion….

furniture on legs creates the illusion of space
furniture on legs creates the illusion of space

4. Re-arrange the furniture. If you put things on the angle instead of against a wall, it actually increases the sizeable illusion… clever yes?

position furniture at angles
position furniture at angles

5. Stick to unified colours as this will visually expand a room. Go for fabrics and rugs in small prints or plain colors.   Oh and another little tip… striped rugs make a small room appear wider and longer!

a harmonious colour palette creates more space
a harmonious colour palette creates more space
a striped rug creates the illusion of a longer or wider room
a striped rug creates the illusion of a longer or wider room