Updated: Feb 24
1. Use contrasts and light colors that make rooms look bigger
In the design world, it’s well known that light paint colors make a room lookbigger and brighter. Light and bright walls are more reflective, making a space feel open and airy, which helps maximize natural light’s effect. Dark shades tend to absorb light, making rooms feel smaller.
Accenting walls to make a room look bigger is another way to go. Accent walls add to the decorative space in color without being too overpowering. Start your painting journey with a color palette that suits your style.
Soft tones like off-white, blues, and greens work perfectly to open up a room. Try painting your wall trim and moldings in a lighter color than your walls. By doing so, the walls will appear farther back, making your living room seem even bigger.
2. Use creative lighting
Natural light opens up the interior of any room and makes it look larger. That’s great if you have natural light. If you don’t, though, don’t get discouraged. Add some creative effects using lighting fixtures. You’ll be amazed at how this small addition can make a big difference.
3. Cut the clutter
Keep your room tidy and organized. With things neatly arranged or out of sight, the space that is in view will feel orderly and open.
And try to keep the floor as clear as possible. Remove large rugs to create the illusion of more floor space.
4. Create a focal point
Learn how to make a room look bigger through an established focal point — one area or feature that will draw the eye’s attention. In the dining room, that’s probably the table. In the bedroom, it’s the bed. Make that focal point the star of the room. Arrange the furniture so that focus is drawn to that area, and keep the décor in the rest of the room to a minimum.
5. Use mirrors
Mirrors can make your room look larger and more open. Mirrors also reflect both natural and artificial light to make a room brighter during the day and night. Placing a mirror near a window to reflect the world outside is especially effective.