Sometimes it just is what it is.
Your room’s foot print is smaller than you’d like and remodeling the the space isn’t in the cards.
Fortunately, there are interior design tricks that can visually allow a space to appear larger than it really is.
Here are a few suggestions that will make you feel your small space has never looked bigger.
The shape of most small rooms is square. Add furniture and rugs that are curvy or irregularly shaped as the area rug in this photo is.


A light-colored rug will always visually enlarge a space. If the floors are stained dark or even if there’s an existing dark carpet, a bound carpet remnant in a light color will give the feeling of a larger room.
Add curtains. They’re dramatic and give a lush feel. Hang curtains outside of the window frame and even cover bare walls. Hang them from floor to ceiling and make sure you have enough fabric to avoid a skimpy look. Note, too, the large mirrors in this space that can instantly double the visual size of the room.


No, a large sectional won’t work well in a small space, but consider scale. A tiny little couch will actually close a room in and appear smaller. Look for a moderately sized one.
Lucite furniture like the desk in this photo seem to disappear and open up a space. It appears to float and that visually creates a feeling of more room.


The Murphy bed is a tried and true way to have more room. They’ve come a long way in looks and comfort from what they were back in the day.
Lighting is another way to create a feeling of space. Have many sources of light in a room. There’s also no better way to giving a room a warm and welcoming feel.
Because space is limited, make sure the room is designed to suit your needs. You may need a desk, for instance, but not a dining table. It’s your home and you get to choose whatever enriches your life more.
Instead of lots of closed cabinets, floating shelves are another option that will immediately open up your space visually. 
These are just a few design ideas that can visually enlarge a small room.
If you have a small space challenge and need help, send me an email at and we can talk about solutions.
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Dedicated to helping YOU live your rooms—not the other way around
Images courtesy welldesigntips


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  1. Emmerey Rose says:

    Hi Nancy! Great post! I think adding some mirrors will also give an illusion of bigger space. Also, white and neutral walls will do the trick. What do you think?

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