16 Decorating Skills to Make Your Small Room Look Huger

These decorating tips will transform your small room, whether it’s a living room or TV, into a real oasis inside your home, to enjoy with family and visitors. It’s not about magic, it’s about style. Here’s how to make your small room bigger with a few tricks:

1- Let the light in

If your room allows access to natural light, use this to your advantage and don’t block it with dark curtains. Allowing light will make the place more airy and open. The ideal is to use semi-transparent fabrics, such as the one in the photo room, designed by Barrie Benson.

2- Play with proportions

Don’t be afraid to put a piece of furniture or large object in a small space. In this small and simple room, the imposing and luxurious chandelier creates an incredible contrast.

3- Choose a big sofa

That’s right. A large sofa – and even a patterned one – is a trick that makes any room appear bigger than it really is. In full size, the sofa doesn’t break the look with the floor.

4- Make it cozy

You can use the small space to your advantage to make the room cozier. Keep the seats close together so that everyone feels closer to each other. Choose a softer, softer rug, like in this room designed by 2LG Studio.

5- Dark wall


Dark walls create a sophisticated background to highlight the decoration pieces, whether they are clean, colorful or even exaggerated. Painting the ceilings in the same dark color adds to the feeling of intimacy and contrasts with lighter, lighter furniture, as in this small room by Andrew Felsher.

6- Multipurpose


When space is lacking, it is necessary to be creative and have objects and even multifunctional spaces. For example, if you don’t have a separate living room, office and TV room, combine these three functions into one room. This Leanne Ford Interiors office room proves that with the right layout it can look amazing, no matter the size.

7- Enjoy the high ceilings

If you lack horizontal space but have vertical space, use the ceiling and high ceilings to your advantage. Point out the long windows with high curtains and “I’m home” wallpaper.

8- White wall

Leave the walls, floor and ceiling white to lighten the space. Large works of art on the wall attract the eye. You can also put a colorful piece of furniture to be the focal point in the small room.

9- Use ottomans

Use ottomans instead of a coffee table to make the most of your space. In addition, they are multifunctional : they can serve as a seat, support for eating or for books and flowers.

10- Low furniture

A lower sofa gives the impression that the ceiling is higher. Playing with these proportions is quite advantageous. Take, for example, the small table beside the long chair in this small room.

11- Tables

Instead of a traditional coffee table, use two small tables. They allow for more fluid traffic and can be easily moved from one place to another when needed, including taking on different functions.

12- Color palette

A small place doesn’t mean you can’t play with colors. If you like pastels, incorporate them all into your decor. If you prefer bright colors, just be careful not to leave it chaotic. Focus on the tones of a palette. Mixing prints is also valid, but in a harmonious way, as in this cheerful room by Ellen Kavanaugh.

13- Floating furniture

Resist the temptation to lean all the furniture against the wall. If you create space behind the furniture, the small room will look bigger than it is.

14- Strategic art

Bring artwork to deceive the eye and expand the height or width of the small room. A gallery on the wall might look over the top for a small room, but it will actually make it look bigger.

15- Lampshade

Choose a lampshade that can be attached to the wall or hung from the ceiling to save floor or table space.

16- Hang a chair!

Lastly, simply hang a chair! It’s a really fun way to add a modern design to your small room and can even save when you receive visitors. And it saves floor space compared to traditional chairs.

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