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19 Foolproof Ways To Make A Small Space Feel So Much Bigger

Make your tiny pad feel like a palace.

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2. Use light colors on the walls and the floor.

While darker colors make a room seem cozy, they also absorb light instead of reflecting it, making the space feel smaller. Opt for lighter colored flooring as well as wall colors to make the room feel airy.

3. Pull furniture away from the wall to create the illusion of spaciousness.

Pushing furniture up against the wall makes everything look and feel cramped. Even just few inches in between the wall and your bigger items can make the space look more open.

To make use of those few inches, you can DIY a console table to slip behind it. Get the directions here.


6. Follow the cantaloupe rule. /

Sabrina Soto, a home style expert from Target says: "Decorative accents smaller than a cantaloupe crowd a room." Instead, go for fewer decorations that are are bigger. These vases are available here


8. Use stripes to elongate the space. / Via

Just like vertical stripes on clothing, a striped rug will make your room appear longer. Orient the stripes to go the length of the room that is the longest for optimal effect.

9. Color code your shelves to create the look of structure.

Whether it's with size or color or type, anything that makes a group of smaller items look intentionally arranged will make it feel more streamlined. This works for books or anything else that is visible in your home. Get more organization tips here.


14. Ditch the overhead lights.

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Harsh top-down lighting pools all the light in one space. Instead, use a few smaller lamps to spread the light around and draw the eye around the room. Check out these cool sconces here.


16. To create unity, use different shades of the same color.

For the wall, rug and furniture using different shades of the same color creates a visual coherence that makes the space feel open. If you're not in the market for new furniture, adding a throw or pillows or accessories in the same shade can give you the same effect. See more of these colorful homes here and here.

18. Strategically place mirrors to create the illusion of more space.

Placing a mirror across from a window is the best way to reflect light and make the room feel larger. Another trick is to place a large window behind a chest or end table for a glamorous trompe-l'œil that makes it look like a whole other space is tucked behind it.

19. Break all the rules.

Just because it's a living room doesn't mean you need a sofa and a coffee table and a TV. Unexpected furniture and layout will make the space itself feel more open and fun and personal. Maybe you want a bean bag for a chair. Maybe you want a swing inside. Maybe you want both. Go wild.