8 tips for making a small space feel bigger

You’ve probably heard the saying, “less is more“.  People are realizing that bigger isn’t always better.  The more space you have, the more you need to clean and maintain.  However, on the other end, small spaces can be a challenge, so here are a few quick tips to help if you live in a small space:

1. Use taller furniture to give the illusion of higher ceilings.  Tall, narrow furniture often help to make the space feel bigger, without taking up additional square footage.

2. Use one or two larger pieces of furniture, but use less furniture overall. One way to achieve this is to use multi-purpose pieces, or have a large piece that acts as a focal point that may be a little oversized, e.g. an armoire, tall cabinet or bookcase.

3. Use furniture with feet, instead of pieces that go all the way to the floor. It makes the room feel more spacious and lighter.

4. Use lighter colored window treatments, and take them all the way to the ceiling. Even if you don’t have 9 foot+ ceilings, you can purchase longer drapes to give the illusion of height. Place the rod well above the window to achieve this look.

5. Instead of using a lot of wood furniture pieces, mix up with glass pieces. A glass coffee table that you can see through will feel a lot lighter than a wood one.

6. Keep the floors simple and light. A wood floor or carpet that covers the entire living space will make the room feel bigger, whereas area rugs are good for breaking up larger spaces into “mini-rooms”.

7. Keep knick knacks to a minimum. If you have a lot of knick knacks or collections, recycle some by putting them away for a season, and swapping them out the next season.

8. Use more solid colors, and use pattern as accents.  For example, purchase a sofa and chair in a solid color fabric and mix it up with fun, modern accent pillows and throws that you can change with the seasons, or as your mood changes!

If you live in a small space, are planning to downsize, or are simply trying to scale down and live with less clutter, there are many illustrated books on the topic, including, cover pictured above, “Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces” by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, author of the popular Apartment Therapy blog; and “500 Ideas for Small Spaces: Easy Solutions for Living in 1000 Square Feet or Less” by Kimberley Seldon, author and owner of Kimberley Seldon Design Group.


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16 Responses to 8 tips for making a small space feel bigger

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  2. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!
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  3. Isra says:

    I love this! We live in a tiny space with 3 kids. I like the idea of taller furniture, makes sense, thanks!
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  4. Kim says:

    Great tips – I have a small powder room and this info will help decorate better, Thanks for sharing.

  5. Totally useful information. I have small rooms in my home, and I have already incorporated some of these tips. Thanks for sharing!
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  7. Lillea says:

    Good point about choosing furniture with feet. I have a small place so tips like that are always of interest to me.
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  8. Rebecca says:

    Wonderful ideas – we are usually stuffing three girls into one room, so these are awesome tips! Thanks!

  9. Rose Wendy says:

    These are really helpful!

  10. chelesa sims says:

    thank you for the tips. I Live in a small house and iam always trying to figure out where to place things.This is totally useful

  11. Joanne J says:

    Thank you for the tips!

  12. Great tips! I’d keep my knick knacks to a minimum if my kids weren’t so attached to them! Many of them we’ve had for years, and they are so used to them and don’t want change. Some they got from my grandma and others they just really can’t seem to let me put them away!
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  13. Kate F. says:

    Thanks for the tips! I might check out that book.

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  15. Alexandria says:

    Useful info. Hope to see more good posts in the future.

  16. krista grandstaff says:

    Fantastic ideas!! I’m trying to figure out how to give my son more room in his dorm, an I can really work with a few of these…thank you!