31 Things From Walmart That’ll Actually Help Make Your Space Look Bigger And Brighter
Turn your dark cave of a room into a light-filled oasis, without any of that pesky "finding a new house" stuff.
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metallic-framed, full-length mirror that can open up your space in two ways: leaned against a wall vertically or hung horizontally. Mirrors are the MVPs of making rooms seem bigger — they create the illusion of more space, and amplify any available light.
Promising review: "Love love love it!!! So much more glamorous in person, and really ties a room together." — Farhana
Price: $128+ (originally $199.99, available in four colors)
wooden mid-century console table with an open storage shelf, because it will increase the flow of light and air in your room. Open storage, rather than closed drawers, can make your space feel more expansive.
Promising review: "If you like mid-century modern, clean simple lines and sturdy construction, this is for you. Put it together quickly and easily. Very attractive and well-sized for a small space." — YAS
Price: $80 (originally $120)
vintage-styled Drew Barrymore Flower Home wooden floor lamp with a green velvet drum shade and 5-foot-long cord, so you can add extra light to any corners of your room that your overhead lighting leaves dark.
Promising review: "It is the perfect, simple, mid-century style floor lamp. Love it! Might buy another one!" — MegS
A pair of
bright nesting end tables, for a pop of color that will lighten the space — unlike traditional dark wood tones, which absorb light.
Promising review: "I love these tables! The modern look is totally cool, but they are also so functional. They are lightweight, so you can move them around easily and arrange them in different ways. Great investment!" — Jill
Price: $68+ (originally $87+, available in six colors)
Promising review: "Love it! Great price! Love that it is dimmable!" — Tara
Price: $90.88+ ( originally $168.77+, available in two finishes)
round accent mirror with a modern, slightly distressed white frame, because it will draw the eye to the reflected image, making the room feel larger.
Promising review: "This mirror is a substantial, beautiful piece, and makes a statement. It isn't flimsy, doesn't look inexpensive, and goes with any decor. I am definitely thinking of purchasing another for our foyer. I would highly recommend!!" — mary
Price: $66.32 (originally $84.13)
simple, clean-line end table, for an uncluttered look that makes everything seem more spacious.
Promising review: "So modern and plenty of space to put things." — Zara
Price: $56.94+ (originally $85+, available in four colors)
Queer Eye metal bed frame with a geometric frame headboard, so you can increase the design factor in your bedroom without a bulky headboard taking up space.
Promising review: "Easy to build and very sturdy. Wanted to get a minimalist bed for my room and this is perfect! Perfect size and height, and looks and feels very durable." — Janice
Price: $110+ (originally $157.48+, available in four sizes and two colors)
sheer curtain, because dense, heavy drapes will darken the room and make it feel smaller. Sheer curtains let natural light in, and their airy texture helps things feel even more open.
Promising review: "Purchased these for our dining room. They are a bright white and really lighten up the space. As others have said, they are sheer, which means they are see-through and don't offer any privacy, hence we used them in our dining area. I do like that they come in various lengths and the 95"-long works well with our high ceilings. They are quality curtains for a great low cost!" — Sarah
Price: $4.97+ per panel(available in eight sizes and 12 colors)
tall, narrow bookcase that will accentuate the room's height, making it feel taller.
Promising review: "It arrived in very good condition and it's the perfect size for our small apartment. I love it! The shelves are big enough to put my portfolios and books in with no problem. Overall, I'm really happy with this item." — Esther
A roll of
patterned Pioneer Woman peel-and-stick wallpaper, so you can create an accent wall that will brighten your room without overloading it visually.
Promising review: "I love love the wallpaper. I am using it to highlight the back of my kitchen cabinets." — Paula
Promising review: "Easy to put together and very sturdy. I have about 20 bottles on it. Rolls smoothly over carpet. The glass has a great art deco design and is thick, so one doesn't have to worry about it shattering easily. I am very happy with my purchase." — Margaret
glass-and-metal coffee table that will bounce light around your living room.
Promising review: "I looooove this coffee table! Such a reasonable price, and it was so simple to put together! The color is more soft brass in person, which I like! Also, the glass is safety glass, so it feels really sturdy! Makes a small space feel so open!" — Sarah
Price: $110+ (originally $129+, available in two colors)
light-colored rug, because if you have dark hardwood or tile floors, it will help make the room feel lighter.
Promising review: "Looks great, vacuums well, and doesn't shed at all." — Samaci
Price: $44.99+ (available in 10 sizes and nine colors)
brightly patterned, stain-resistant area rug, so you can define space within your room — the colors help divide the floor visually, making the room seem larger than it is.
Promising review: "It's very pretty! The teal is nice and bright, it really adds a lot to our playroom! Laid flat pretty easily, and is plusher than I expected. Can't comment on long-term durability, but so far, we are really happy — especially since we only paid around 50 bucks for such a huge rug!" — CouponClipperJen
Price: $28.99+ (available in three sizes and four colors)
minimalist writing desk that leaves plenty of space free, while also adding a rustic design flourish.
Promising review: "Perfect for my small house, just what I needed. I like it so much I ordered another one! Easy to assemble, plenty sturdy for my big, old-fashioned printer/scanner, and stylish enough for open space office/living area. Love the rustic look. Blends with other rustic-industrial look furniture perfectly." — Christiana
A bottle of
streak-free glass cleaner, because the simplest way to make your room brighter is to make sure your windows are sparkling clean and letting every drop of natural light in.
Promising review: "This is good stuff. Cleans windows without streaking." — the20s
corner shelving unit in a light color, so you can store or display your stuff without taking up tons of precious space.
Promising review: "Very nice style and high quality. I would highly recommend it, especially for the price. It comes with wall anchors, which allow you to secure it to the wall. We have a two-year-old and cats, so we're glad that it's stable." — Rich
Price: $70.99+ (originally $96+, available in five colors)
Promising review: "Even better in person, with beautiful colors and textures on canvas with a natural wood frame." — Amber
Price: $49+ (available in three sizes)
A set of
U-shaped floating shelves, because they look airier than bookshelves, and create less visual clutter.
Promising review: "These are so cute and also pretty sturdy. One shelf held six albums. Would highly recommend." — evelyn
simple, fold-down convertible sofa-bed that won't overpower your living room the way a traditional overstuffed couch would.
Promising review: "Amazing for small spaces! Awesome quality for the price too! it's actually pretty comfortable and so simple to assemble and convert into the bed. This was the perfect sofa bed for our new spare bedroom." — Peri
Price: $299 (available in three colors)
white sectional sofa, because the white fabric will reflect light in the room, rather than absorb it like a dark couch.
Promising review: " It is very comfortable for the money, and looks even better than the pictures. It’s for our office/den, so we needed something smaller for the space, but it will fit three average size adults. Easy to assemble." — C Messina
Price: $499+ (available in four colors)
torchiere floor lamp with dimmer and reading lamp, for rooms with weak overhead lighting. The lamp directs light up towards your ceiling, illuminating the whole room, rather than only lighting the immediate area. The additional reading lamp also provides focused light when you need it.
Promising review: "Easy to assemble and provides just the right amount of light." — James
Price: $21.46+ (available in three colors)
three-piece sunburst mirror set that does double duty — it catches the light, making your room seem warmer and lighter, while also serving as a wall accent.
Promising review: "These brought my room to life and were so affordable. I would definitely buy again." — Megan
elegant pedestal table with a real marble top, because its streamlined appearance and light color will make any room seem sleeker.
Promising review: "Great little table. Real marble and super sturdy. Looks great everywhere I put it." — Megan
12-pack of bright, energy-efficient lightbulbs that will make your current lamps and lighting fixtures shine more intensely. Though it's important to only use the correct wattage for your light, extra-bright lightbulbs will throw more light without using more energy.
Promising review: "I love them. A lot of light with no heat." — Raymond
Price: $16.49 (originally $24.99)
A can of
no-primer-needed white paint, for an easy, low-budget brightness makeover — true white walls will make any room instantly appear bigger, and reflect whatever light is available.
Promising review: "This paint was so much better than I expected it to be. It went further than paint I've used in the past. I purchased two gallons to paint my kitchen and dining room, as that is the amount I've needed in the past to paint them. But with this paint, I only needed to use three quarters of one gallon to paint both rooms. And it covered up coral paint with only one coat of white. Gave a beautiful finish. Will definitely be repurchasing to paint the rest of my home!" — Amazing
Price: $8.94+ (available in two sizes and flat, semi-gloss, or satin)
tufted storage ottoman with nailhead detailing, because the simplest way to make your room look bigger is to pick up all the random stuff you have on the floor and store it away somewhere (yes, even the Baby Yoda dolls. Especially the Baby Yoda dolls).
Promising review: "Love these ottomans, they look great and are very sturdy. Very ideal to sit on, store things inside, and set things down on." — Amanda
Price: $38.48+ (available in two colors)
Promising review: "The color is just what I had been looking for and the fabric feels soft." — Marlang
Price: $23.99+ (available in 14 colors and one or two-packs)
farmhouse-chic linen shower curtain in a light shade, because a dark or busy shower curtain can make a small bathroom look even smaller.
Promising review: "I love this shower curtain! The quality is great and the neutral effect enables a variety of accessories. A very good spruce-up for the bathroom." — Elizabeth
Price: $28.86+ (available in five colors)
And a set of
remote-controlled, multi-setting curtain string lights that cascade down vertically from a cord, creating a waterfall of light. They're a literal glow-up from the traditional string fairy lights, providing a more sophisticated way to softly light a room.
Promising review: "They are absolutely beautiful. Settings work. Plan on ordering more." — Doglover
Price: $21.99+ (available in two colors and USB or plug-in)
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