10 Sneaky Ways to Make a Small Space Look Bigger

A small space doesn’t mean you have to be cramped. Try these 10 easy room-expanding tricks to help you maximize your square footage.
  1. Space It Out

    Shoving furniture against the wall doesn’t guarantee a larger room. Try angling your bed or our favorite trick of floating the sofa in the living room with a skinny console behind it. Breathing room around your furniture lends the appearance of more space. 

  2. Paint With Light Hues

    Photo by David Land

    Dark colors are definitely design-friendly, but they make a room appear smaller. Stick to pale colors such as white, cream, pale grays and blues to keep it light, airy and open.

  3. Use Multifunctional Pieces

    Photo by Laura Stein

    Investing in furniture that serves many functions is a simple way to streamline a room. Try a vintage steamer trunk or an ottoman with built-in storage to tuck away blankets and books for a clean look. 

  4. Use Mirrors

    Photo by "Turquoise LA"

    Mirrors are the quickest way to make a room appear larger. While you may not want wall-to-wall, lean an oversized full-length one against a key wall or hang multiple ones salon style to create a statement wall. 

  5. Fold It Up

    Photo by Douglas Friedman

    Dining tables that are small or that have drop leaves, which allow it to become smaller when not in use are ideal for small areas, meaning you can make the most of your eating-slash-living area. 

  6. Go Monochromatic

    Photo by "Pale & Interesting"/Ryland Peters

    Paint your walls, trim, and detailing in different shades of one color, such as white, off-white, and beige to expand a room. You can also try pairing gallery white walls with a very pale gray on trim and detailing for an open-air French-inspired room. 

  7. Get Perspective

    Photo by Mark Lund

    Skip the dark-inducing drapes and leave your windows uncovered. This will trick your eyes into thinking that your pad's got depth -- and reveal the natural landscape outside. If your room requires some privacy, try gauzy sheer white drapes for an airy feel that will keep prying eyes out. 

  8. Think Big

    Photo by Douglas Friedman

    It’s easy to assume that you should decorate a small space with small furniture, right? But one prominent furniture piece such as a statement armchair will keep the space uncluttered and open.

  9. Pop Your Ceilings

    Photo by "The Modern Vintage Home"

    While bright white opens up a room (on walls), going for a dark ceiling creates depth while fun fixtures draw your eye upward, creating the illusion of height. 

  10. Color Code

    Photo by David A. Land / The Nest

    Give your favorite items a little structure by arranging by color and height. This will turn a potential clutter disaster into a streamlined display with personality.