Fitting everything you own into a small space is an all-too-common problem many tenants face. Here are some helpful tips to make your space look bigger.

From living rooms that have to accommodate a dining area through 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.

20 tips to make a small room look bigger

  1. Sit your furniture away from the wall to create an illusion of spaciousness.
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  3. Choose a statement piece to fill your room. Having one couch rather than multiple smaller pieces can reduce the look of clutter.
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  5. Invest in hidden storage and multi-purpose items.
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  7. Think about buying a striped rug to elongate your space. Simply orient the stripes to the length of the room that’s the longest.
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  9. 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.
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  11. Replace dark shower curtains with a clear curtain.
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  13. Ditch your window treatments to give your pad more depth and reveal the natural landscape outside. If you need privacy, buy some sheer white drapes for an airy feel.
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  15. 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.
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  17. Use dramatic art pieces to help your room feel more expansive.
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  19. Invest in glass decor – it won’t take up a lot of visual space.
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  21. Use rugs to separate one room into smaller, individual spaces. This can be especially useful in studio apartments.
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  23. Show off your legs! Bigger furniture pieces with exposed legs are perfect for a small space
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  25. Strategically place mirrors to create the illusion of space. Mirrors sitting across from a window will reflect light and make your room feel larger.
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  27. Take advantage of natural light – it will open up your space.
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  29. De-clutter relentlessly. If you haven’t used it in a year – or wouldn’t buy it now – it needs to go.
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  31. When decorating, choose a colour palette that’s light and neutral to expand your space visually.
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  33. Multi-functional furniture, such as ottomans, can be used as a coffee table and extra seating.
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  35. Furniture that you can fold or stack away is your friend. Just push it out of the way when it’s not in use!
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  37. Don’t fill up every exposed shelf in a room. Leaving some empty space will give your room an airy look.
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  39. If you can remove your overhead fixtures, add several lighting elements around your room – this will draw the eye away from one key spot

Have a favourite space-saving tip? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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