How to Make a Small Room Look Bigger

By Toll Brothers 2 minute read

Last updated on August 24th, 2022

Spaces in your home with the smallest square footage can end up feeling the biggest depending on what you choose to do with them. By taking advantage of our paint and decorating suggestions, creative organization tips, and multifunctional furniture ideas, your small space will be living large in no time.

Here are a few helpful tips on how to make a small room look bigger.


Create space with paint

To create a bright and inviting room, select soft colors such as tans, off-whites, blues, and greens. An uneven color palette can make your small room seem cluttered and unconnected, while dark colors will absorb light and make your space feel more confining. Bustle offers some great suggestions on how to use paint to make your room seem larger.


Take advantage of natural light

Making use of natural light will also help to open up your space and make it feel bigger. Let as much light flow through your windows as possible by using sheer drapes or elegant curtain holdbacks to pull heavy drapes. Even if there are only a few small windows, consider making them the focal point of the room to pull in more light.


Add depth with mirrors

The best way to make any room seem bigger is with mirrors. Reflecting natural or artificial light with mirrors produces a brighter space and creates a sense of depth. A wall filled with mirrors will instantly double the size of your room and is an on-trend, fun design idea. Mirrored tabletops, cabinet doors, and other reflective surfaces can also be used to enhance your space.


Make use of smart storage

Using clever storage and keeping clutter managed will help your space feel larger. If the small space you’re dealing with is a bedroom, using a multifunctional headboard will clear up space and doubles as storage and a night stand. In addition, you can hide clutter with decorative storage ottomans, vertical over-the-door storage, or trendy table skirts.

It is important to keep the floor as clear and uncluttered as possible. If you use an area rug, make sure it fits your space. A rug that is too small can make your room look choppy and disjointed.


Open up your space with furniture

When it comes to furnishing a smaller room, there are multiple tips you can use to maximize your living space:

  • Go with the theme of your room by choosing furniture that matches the color of the walls. This allows the furniture to blend in and makes the room feel larger.
  • Opt for furniture such as sofas, tables, or chairs that are raised on revealed legs and have open arms. Consider adding pieces like glass tables and glass shelves to make your space feel more airy by allowing light to shine through the room.
  • Multifunctional furniture is a smart way to take advantage of small spaces. From expandable dining tables and beds or sofa beds with storage underneath, there are unlimited options when it comes to versatile furniture.

Whether your decor style is modern, rustic, or traditional, the above suggestions can be used to make any room in your home feel and look larger. For more decorating ideas and inspiration, visit  Toll Brothers on Pinterest.

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