7 Tips To Make Any Room Look Bigger

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Whether it’s the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, or office, you can make the rooms appear larger on any wall by using some simple techniques. When you space your pictures strategically around the room, viewers will see more of your space, which gives them a better idea of how much room there is.

Here are seven of our favorite tricks for making any room look bigger: 

1. Use mirrors

Mirrors are a great way to create visual interest in your space, whether you're shopping for new furniture, staging your home for sale or making decisions about paint colors. Here are some tips on how to use mirrors to make any room look bigger.

Use mirrors in rooms where space is limited. It's no secret that the size of a room is determined by the proportions of its walls and ceiling — and when you add in plenty of windows and natural light, it makes sense that the actual size of a room can be perceived as smaller than its actual dimensions.

2. Open your space with creative lighting

Have you ever noticed that your living room looks huge, but the rest of the house feels cramped? It's because your home is actually too small. You can make any space look like it's larger by using creative lighting.

The first thing to do is determine your ceiling height. Measure the distance between the floor and the ceiling in every room of your house to get an accurate estimate of how much room you have above you.

Lighting is probably the most important part of how you use space, so try to keep it simple with just one light fixture. If you want to go all out, install multiple fixtures, but be sure to place them at different heights. The first one should be slightly higher than the highest point of your furniture, and then follow that with two or three more fixtures that are lower than that. This will give your room a sense of depth and openness.

3. Cut the clutter

Your eye tends to explore new spaces by taking in the whole room at once. That's why it's important to cut down on the clutter around you. You don't want your eyes to get lost or distracted, especially when you're trying to make a good impression.

The simplest way to make any room look bigger is with lighting. A small lamp at each corner of the space makes the room seem larger and more open. Wall-mounted shelves or jars filled with decorative items can also help by giving you additional storage space without using up floor space.

One or two pieces of art are all that are needed to jumpstart the illusion of a bigger room. If you have enough wall space, consider adding a large mirror, which will expand your view of the room even more. Another simple way to create an illusion of depth is with floor-to-ceiling shelving units, which can be arranged along one or both sides of a wall.

4. Use contrasts and light colors that make rooms look bigger

Contrasts and light colors make rooms look bigger. This is one of the oldest tricks in the book for making your home look bigger, which makes sense: When you need to cram a bunch of stuff into a small space, not only do you want to minimize the space but also maximize style.

5. Maximize your room arrangement

Room arrangement is one of the best ways to make any room appear bigger, If you want to make your bedroom look bigger, place your bed with its headboard at the center of the room. The same goes for your living room; place the TV closer to the center of the room. Place mirrors, pictures and artwork in more prominent positions, especially near the front door or windows of your home.

If you're looking to emphasize small areas, position your desk next to a window or have an armoire or wardrobe placed close by. When decorating a bathroom, consider putting tiles on the floor so that they are visible from all directions.

6. Create a focal point

Instantly create a focal point and instantly make any room look bigger. A focal point is a piece of furniture or decoration that draws attention to the center of the room. That's exactly what you want when you're staging your home for sale.

Here are some suggestions:

Kitchen islands: A kitchen island is an efficient space-saver, but it also makes a great focal point. You can place it in the center of the room, on one side, or at an angle. The only real limitation here is that you have to have enough room off to either side so that people walking between the kitchen and living area don't have to walk around it.

Dining areas: The centerpiece of any room should be a dining table, which not only serves as a guest seating area but also serves as the focal point of the room. You can position it against one wall or near an entryway but make sure that if you choose this option that it's laid out in such a way that people walking through don't have to walk around it.

Bedrooms: A bedroom should be dressed with pieces that are meant to give it character and style, including decorative mirrors and artwork. But don't forget about its main function — as a bedroom — when choosing pieces for your room's furnishings. For instance, choose beds with storage drawers instead of bedside tables with built-in nightstands. That will make your bedroom feel larger without having to give up much space.

7. Get creative with furniture

The sizing issue applies to the real world, too. When you're shopping for furniture, it's important to consider how much space you have. If you have a room that feels cramped, it's not going to feel so cramped when you move all your stuff in. But if there's enough space for a full-sized bed, but only a twin bed, it's not going to feel as spacious. Try getting creative with your furniture choices.

Use things like storage ottomans or side tables as seating for your bed. Put your TV on top of a dresser to make the room look wider (and keep it off the floor). Put an end table between two chairs to make them look bigger (but make sure there is enough clearance above the table for people to comfortably sit).

And even though we've already covered height, width, and depth above, it's worth mentioning again: If you can afford it, get taller furniture rather than wider or deeper ones. That way your room will take up less floor space and feel more open and airy.

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