How to make small rooms look bigger

Sarah Parker
Authored by Sarah Parker
Posted: Monday, July 8, 2024 - 16:10

Did you know that the UK the smallest houses in Europe? 

Not only that, but it’s also far down worldwide list. With an average space of only 818 square feet (76m²), most of us have at least a room or two that can be pretty hard to work with.

Small spaces can easily feel cramped and confining, but you can transform them into surprisingly spacious and airy rooms– or at least give the illusion of it – with a few clever design tricks. Here’s how.

Light colours & clever contrasts

One of the simplest ways to create the impression of space is by using light colours. Shades such as whites, creams, and pastels reflect more light than darker hues, making the room feel open and bright. Additionally, using a monochromatic colour scheme can help create a seamless look that expands the space. To add some depth and interest though, incorporate clever contrasts through accessories like cushions, throws, or artwork. They create focal points without overwhelming the space.

Maximising natural light

Natural light is a powerful tool that can make any room feel larger and more inviting. First, ensure that your windows are free from heavy drapery that can block sunlight. Instead, opt for sheer curtains that allow light to filter through. Skylights and light tubes are brilliant solutions in areas away from traditional windows.

On top of this, reflective surfaces can do wonders in enhancing the perception of space. Glass furniture, metallic finishes, and mirrors are fantastic options. Strategically placed they can bounce light around the room for enhanced brightness. If light is limited, surfaces with a dual purpose of providing light and reflecting it, such as illuminated mirrors, or cleverly positioned spotlights and lamps can make up for it.

Vertical space

Small rooms mean that floor space is limited – so look upwards! Utilising walls can significantly increase storage and make the room feel larger at the same time. Tall shelving units, wall-mounted storage, hanging planters – you name it. It not only leaves lots of floor space but also draws our eyes upwards, creating the illusion of a higher ceiling.

This works perfectly for notoriously small gardens, too – have a look at vertical gardening!

Using multifunctional furniture

In a tiny room, every piece of furniture needs to earn its place. This makes pieces with multiple functions perfect to keep things uncluttered while offering maximum utility. Things like sofa beds, extendable dining tables, and storage ottomans are only the beginning. There are some really clever solutions out there if you do a little bit of research.

It’s not always easy, but with a little bit of trickery, even the tiniest room can feel more inviting.