10 Ways to Make Your Living Space Appear Larger

Ideally, most of us would all like to live in grand homes, with tall ceilings & plenty of space. For the majority of us this is a dream of the far distant future, and if you are living in a home with small living spaces, it can be easy to feel cramped and claustrophobic. However, there are many things you can do to make these rooms appear  larger and feel more spacious; from the way you decorate the room to simply moving your furniture to a different location. Here are some tips that will help you on your way to make your living space appear larger:

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1. Light-Colored Paint

Paint is a fantastic, easy way to make any room appear larger. Light-colored walls open up your space. Instead of putting bright colors on your walls, paint them in a neutral tone. Your room will appear feet wider with light-colored walls.

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2. Vertical Stripes

Whether you use paint or wallpaper, adding vertical stripes to your walls makes your ceiling look higher than it is. If you have a small room, choose an accent wall for your stripes instead of putting them on each wall in the room.

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3. Colored Ceilings

When it comes to ceilings, you may be tempted to stick with white. Go against your instincts and give your ceiling a pop of color. Colored ceilings draw the eye upward, making your walls seem taller than they are.

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4. Hanging Mirrors

Hang a mirror in your room. If you like the look, hang a collage of several mirrors. The trick to hanging mirrors is to hang them on a wall opposite a window. The natural light coming in will be reflected, making your room appear larger.

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5. Increased Lighting

Lighting instantly adds size to a room. Look for tall floor lamps, table lamps and sconces. If your room is short, avoid hanging lights like ceiling fans and chandeliers.

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6. No Furniture Overload

Nothing fills up an already small room like furniture, making it appear cramped. Look for pieces that serve multiple functions. You could use an ottoman that can double as storage for remote controls, blankets and gaming systems. For box shapes rooms, choose one larger corner sofa rather than a whole suite. This will save you space and give you more seating space for you and your guests.

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7. Layout is Important

There is no rule that says furniture has to touch the walls. Furniture that floats in the center of your room can make the room appear larger. Play with the layout of your room and see what you can do to give the illusion of more space.

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8. Wise Selection of Furniture

When you’re choosing furniture, choose one large, stunning piece and build around it. Small spaces look more cramped with several small pieces of furniture. Instead, choose a large couch and one or two small pieces to compliment it.

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9. Prefer Installing Blinds for Windows Treatment

Avoid heavy window treatments in your small space. Your room will appear bigger if your windows are left uncovered. If you need privacy, consider installing blinds that you can roll up during the day and let down at night.

10. Use Colorful Accessories

With neutral walls, colorful accessories will stand out. Look for frames, vases and knickknacks that are interesting and colorful. Rather than tossing them haphazardly around your room, arrange them by color and style.

Written By Iconic Interiors, a modern & designer furniture company in the UK.