5 Ways To Make Your Room Look Bigger

5 Ways To Make Your Room Look Bigger


Filling a small space can be daunting. Every single piece of furniture and décor must be chosen with precision in order to get the most out of the room. Make the wrong choice, and you could end up with a cramped, uncomfortable room which is depressing to be in; ultimately leading to the room being neglected. However, make the right choices, and you can turn that dark, dingy, depressing room into a beautiful, inspiring and airy space that feels much larger than it actually is. 

For this blog, we asked our interior designers here at Akar Furniture for their top five tips for making a small room feel bigger. 


Tip #1 – Use Light Colours: 

You may have heard this one before, but it is well known in the design world that light colours will make a space appear bigger. Why is this? Some experts believe that this is down to the fact that lighter colours will actually reflect more light, meaning that overall, the room is brighter, with more light actually hitting your eyes, giving the illusion of there being more physical space in the room. 

On the contrary, darker shades will actually absorb more light, making rooms appear smaller than they actually are. This applies equally to your furniture and décor selection as it does to your choice of paint. Subtle tones such as off-white, blues and natural greens can go a long way to increase this effect, as well as contributing to a calming and blissful atmosphere in the room. 

Another hack is to try painting your wall trim and skirtings in a lighter colour than your walls. This takes advantage of an optical illusion in the brain, giving the impression of extra depth with the wall being ‘sunk’, or further back than it actually is. 

The general rule here, and for some of the other points, is that more light gives the impression of more space. 

Tip #2 – Use Natural Light: 

Not dissimilar to the first tip, the second tip relies on getting creative with lighting to create a brighter room, and in turn give the feeling of more space.  

Natural light subconsciously appeals to our bodies, taking us back to our origins of living outside, where organic light was plentiful. Not only does this type of light promote a comfortable living environment, but it can also help regulate our body clocks, improve our concentration and create a calm, tranquil atmosphere. 

If you have access to natural light, bring as much of it into your home as possible through large windows. This will instantly connect the room with the outdoors, making your space seem limitless. If you do not have the most pleasant of views, make use of brightly coloured plants or flowers near the windows, which will detract attention from the unpleasant landscape. 

For those of us not fortunate enough to have access to natural light, creatively selected and thoughtfully placed artificial lighting can work wonders in producing the same effect.  

Natural light can also reduce the energy consumption of a building compared to artificial light, and works wonders in preventing mold or mildew from developing in buildings since these spores thrive in darkness. 

Tip #3 – Cut the clutter: 

Too much stuff can be overpowering and imposing in a small space. Doesn’t it just make sense that when there is less physical empty space in a room, that the space will feel smaller? 

Cutting the clutter and reducing the amount of wasted space in a room can go a long way in furthering the illusion of space.  

You do not have to go crazy and throw everything away, just reduce the clutter, and ensure anything that remains has its place and is organised as neatly as possible. A good rule is that items which are not used at least once a week should go in storage, with things that are used daily being out on display in a neat manner. 

Despite being more two dimensional than other aspects of the room, busy wall and floor spaces can also feel imposing in a small room, therefore making it seem smaller. You do not need to have completely plain walls, just keep the wall hangings to a minimum. For example, one large painting will do much more to make a room appear bigger than a cluster of smaller paintings. When it comes to floor space; avoid large rugs in order to make more of the flooring visible. The more floor showing, the more space, and the further the illusion of a bigger room is taken.  

Tip #4 – Create a focal point: 

By creating a focal point in the room, your eyes are drawn to one particular feature of the room, meaning that the rest of the space is given less attention. Therefore, by leaving our brain to fill in the gaps with extra space, the room seems bigger. 

A focal point can be a piece of furniture, a wall hanging, or even an accessory. You will need to get creative to find something that fits with both your room and your interior design style. For maximum efficacy, focal points should be created around the main function of the room. For example, in a dining room the table should be the focal point, whereas in a bedroom it should be the bed, in the living room the sofa etc.  

Other pieces of furniture should be arranged in a way which draws attention to the focal point. For example, Décor in other areas of the room should be kept to a minimum, with no clutter, which will make sure the focal point works effectively, and draws your eyes as much as possible, free from ‘distraction’.  

If the focal point is against a particular wall, it can pay to make the wall an accent wall in a different colour to the rest, this will draw further attention to that area of the room and give the illusion of depth and therefore, extra space. 

Tip #5 – Mirrors: 

Mirrors can be an excellent tool to add both extra light and depth to a room. They are also a functional piece of furniture which can add to the practicality of your room.  

Light being reflected from a mirror increases the feeling of openness in a small room. Creatively placed mirrors can maximize this effect. For example, placing a mirror opposite a window will reflect all of the natural light from outside and give the illusion of having twice the level of natural light in the room. 

Angling your mirror towards the focal point of the room can also give the perception of depth. 

Don’t be scared to break from the status quo, in a less cluttered room, mirrors can also be placed on the floor. This will reflect the full height of the room, including the floor, giving the illusion of more floor space than there actually is, really opening up the room. 

Filling a small space can be a tricky ordeal, however, making use of the above tips will go a long way in ensuring that the space appears bigger. 

The general rules when filling a small space is to ensure everything is placed purposefully, there is plenty of light, and design choices are made strategically, with the aim of making the space feel brighter and airier from the start. 

If you have any further questions at all, or would like some advice specific to your home, give our in-house interior design team a call today for your free, no obligation consultation. 

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