19 Foolproof Ways to Make Any Room Look Bigger


1. Use lighter colours on the walls and floors

Light Floor and Walls


Darker colours will absorb light rather than reflect it, making your rooms look smaller. Opt for a lighter colour floor and wall colour to give you the illusion of the room being much bigger and airy. 

2. Use crown molding to appear higher and sexier

crown molding


The simple addition of crown molding that can be purchased for as little as $1 per foot can add value and trick eyes into thinking your ceiling is higher than it really is. I suggest painting the crown molding and ceiling a soft or bright white.

3.Make use of hidden storage to help declutter your rooms

Using a coffee table that has storage underneath and doubles up as a table for those days you just want to hang out on the couch and eat dinner is an awesome way to hide things and it’s practical. Additionally any seating or ottoman with storage underneath is always a cool added feature to any room.

4. Hanging shelves close to the ceiling will draw eyes up.

Ceiling Bookshelves


See how this homeowner maximized her vertical storage here.

5.Use furniture that makes a statement to fill the room.

Furniture Statement


When you have a smaller area, using one large couch vs. multiple smaller pieces will make your room look less cluttered and make the space seem much bigger.

6. Run plank flooring the length of the room or striped carpet.

Wood Floors


7.Use a clear shower curtain in a tiny bathroom.

Clear Shower Curtain


By using a shower curtain you can see through, you give the added feeling of depth to what was once a small bathroom. I also like to use a bigger mirror or a wall to wall mirror when applicable.

8. Add depth with window treatments or leave your windows uncovered.

Window Coverings


9.Using art to make a room look bigger.

art to make bigger


Using art as a focal point in combination with a larger piece of furniture like this sectional couch is a perfect combination to make this room look amazing. Note too, the use of an accent wall in the dark grey.

10. Use mirrors or transparent lucite items.

Mirrors and Lucite


Mirrors and transparent furniture can add a bit of pizzaz at the same time giving a small room more depth and visual space. It’s also very modern and minimalistic looking.

11. Use area rugs to help define areas of the room.

Using area rugs can add a punch of colour, a focal point to make your eyes follow the room, and make the overall space look bigger.

12.Use different shades of the same colour.

This is a trick I’ve used for years. Even professional stagers use this trick to make your eyes flow from one item to the next in varying shades of the same colour. Using lighter paint colours with warm inviting accent colours in different shades will always make a room look bigger.

13. Exposed legs on furniture.

Exposed Legs


If you use a sofa with a skirt or a boxy chair, you’ll shrink the room up. Adding larger pieces with exposed legs is perfect for those smaller spaces…it’s ok to show off your legs!

14. Have you heard of the cantaloupe rule?

Cantaloup rules


Sabrina Soto, a home style expert at Target says that “Decorative accents smaller than a cantaloupe crowd a room.” She suggests instead to use a few bigger items to make your space look bigger.

15.Keep a low profile.

Low Profile


Furniture that is lower to the ground will create a feeling of openness in a room simply by the fact that they leave more space above them. In the bedroom, choose a loft bed or even try placing a mattress directly on the floor. In the living room, embrace your inner Mad Men style with low-to-the-ground midcentury pieces.

16.Emphasize the vertical.

emphasize the virtical


Running wall finishes on the vertical will give the illusion of height in the room. You can use lap board, bead board, wallpaper, or decorative touches to give this illusion.

17. Use lighting to open up a space.

Light to open a space


Allowing natural light into a room opens it up and makes it feel larger. If you’re short on windows to create this effect you can always add interesting light fixtures to achieve similar results.

18. Go minimalistic.



As a real estate agent the first thing I tell people to do in a home is declutter, but you can take that to the next stage by combining the use of minimalistic furniture, secret storage space, and cool design to make a place look huge and a bit modern at the same time.

19. Break the rules.

break the rules


The sky is the limit if you have the imagination to make it cool. Just like the photo you can add some really cool and hip features to a room to make it your own and open it up. What are some of your ideas?

I would love to hear what you’ve done to your place to make it stand out and make rooms look bigger. Comment below with some of your great ideas and if you love this post please share it.

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