Let natural light inside your rooms

10 ways to make smaller spaces appear larger

The size of our living spaces often is inversely proportional to the proximity to a city centre. Those living in relatively smaller spaces often wish that the space was bigger, or at least looked and felt bigger. We have collated 10 top ideas to make such spaces feel larger.

  1. First thing you can do is to un-clutter the space. Take a logical view with this and not an emotional one; dispose things that you do not really need.

    Use mirrors to make a room appear bigger
    Use mirrors to make a room appear bigger
  2. You need not fill up every shelf with books and knick-knacks; it only makes the space appear more crowded. Leave some space for a more open and airy look.
  3. Always use light and neutral colours; the space will appear much larger and also work as good backgrounds for your furniture.
  4. Let natural light flow into your room. This not only unifies the outside with the inside, but also makes your inside feel expanded.

    Window seating
    Window seating
  5. Use curtains in the same colour as your walls, such that there is not much contrast to the space.
  6. Do not use ornate furniture or excessive detailing on your storages, windows and doors. Go for simple straight line designs.
  7. Use oversized mirrors or a set of mirrors; and instantly watch the room appear much larger.

    Let natural light inside your rooms
    Let natural light inside your rooms
  8. Link additional spaces by using the same colours; this expands the space.
  9. While building book shelves and storage units, consider building them from floor to ceiling on a dead wall. This expands the space by pushing the walls and ceilings out.

Window seats and bookcases with enclosed seating are good solutions for hiding clutter and expanding the space.