Fitting everything you own into a small home is a challenge many of us will face. Here are some tips to make your space look and feel bigger and less cluttered.

Whether your living room needs to accommodate a dining area or your bedroom is barely big enough for a bed, living your best life in a small space is no mean feat.

That being said, there are a few things you can do to make your space look more inviting and be multi-functional too!

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How to make a small room look and feel bigger

  • Create an illusion of spaciousness by sitting your furniture away from the wall.
  • Find a statement piece to fill your room. Owning one couch rather than multiple, smaller chairs can reduce clutter.
  • Invest in hidden storage and multi-purpose items.
  • Think about buying a striped rug to elongate your space. Orient the stripes to the length of the room that’s the longest.
  • Arrange items on your shelves by colour for structure. Anything that makes a group of smaller items look intentionally arrange will streamline your space.
  • Replace a dark shower curtain with a clear or lighter curtain.
  • If you’re allowed to remove/replace dark window treatments, do so. It will give your home more depth and bring in outside light. If you need privacy, add some sheer white drapes. 
  • If you want to keep curtains on your windows, hang them close to the ceiling to give the room a ‘taller’ look.
  • If budget permits, add a dramatic art piece to help your room feel more expansive.
  • Invest in glass decor – it won’t take up a lot of visual space.
  • Use rugs to separate one room into smaller, individual spaces. This can be especially useful in studio apartments.
  • Show off those legs! Bigger furniture pieces with exposed legs are perfect for a small space.
  • Strategically place mirrors to create the illusion of space. Mirrors sitting across from a window will reflect light and make your room feel larger.
  • Take advantage of natural light – it will open up your space.

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  • Declutter relentlessly. If you haven’t used something in ages or wouldn’t buy it now, it needs to go. Donate where possible.
  • When decorating, choose a colour palette that’s light and neutral to expand your space visually.
  • Multi-functional furniture, such as ottomans, can be used as a coffee table and extra seating.
  • Find furniture you can fold or stack away when not in use.
  • Don’t fill up every exposed shelf in a room. Leaving space can give your room an airy look.
  • If you can remove your overhead fixtures, add several lighting elements around your room to 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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