It’s an all-too-common problem renters face at some point: Being forced to cram their lives into small spaces. Here are some helpful tips to make your space look bigger.

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From living rooms that have to accommodate a dining area, to bedrooms barely big enough for a bed, fitting everything you need into a small space is no easy task. But that said, there are plenty of easy solutions to help your small space look more inviting and increasingly multi-functional at the same time.

Here are our 20 favourite tips for making your small rooms look bigger:

  1. Pull your furniture away from the wall – it will create an illusion of spaciousness
  2. Choose statement furniture that fills your room. Having one couch instead of multiple small pieces can decrease the look of clutter
  3. Invest in hidden storage and multi-purpose items
  4. Think about buying a striped rug to elongate your space. Simply orient the stripes to the length of the room that’s the longest
  5. Colour code your shelves, it will create a look of structure. Anything that makes a group of smaller items look intentionally arranged will help to streamline your space
  6. Replace dark shower curtains with a clear curtain
  7. Ditch your window treatments to give your pad the look of more depth and reveal the natural landscape outside. If you need privacy, buy some sheer white drapes for an airy feel
  8. If you do want to keep curtains on your windows, hang them close to the ceiling, it will give a taller look to your house
  9. Use dramatic art pieces to help your room feel more expansive
  10. Invest in glass decor – it won’t take up a lot of visual space
  11. Use rugs to separate one room into smaller, individual spaces. This can be especially useful in studio apartments
  12. Show off your legs! Bigger furniture pieces with exposed legs are perfect for a small space
  13. Strategically place mirrors to create the illusion of space. Mirrors sitting across from a window will reflect light and make your room feel larger
  14. Take advantage of natural light – it will open up your space
  15. De-clutter relentlessly. If you haven’t used it in a year – or wouldn’t buy it now – it needs to go
  16. When decorating, choose a colour palette that’s light and neutral to expand your space visually
  17. Multi-functional furniture, such as ottomans, can be used as a coffee table and extra seating
  18. Furniture that you can fold or stack away is your friend. Just push it out of the way when it’s not in use!
  19. Don’t fill up every exposed shelf in a room. Leaving some empty space will give your room an airy look
  20. If you can remove your overhead fixtures, add several lighting elements around your room – this will draw the eye away from one key spot


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