Nine ways to make small rooms look bigger

Maybe you live in a studio apartment or you just don’t know what to do with that box room. Whichever your decorating challenge, here are a few tips to make those small places appear bigger and those box rooms less boxed in.

  • Paint smaller rooms in softer, lighter colours to help give a feeling of space.
  • Use decorative mirrors to add instant light and make a small space feel larger.
  • Go for big decorations but fewer of them. Lots of small things crowd a room.
  • The same goes for furniture – one large sofa rather than lots of pieces will make a room feel bigger.
  • Glass or lucite furniture helps open up tiny rooms, as does a clear shower curtain in a tiny bathroom.
  • Leave your windows uncovered to give more light and depth. If must have  privacy, choose Roman shades or blinds over curtains.
  • Use rugs to separate one room into smaller spaces. This is useful in studio flats to create the illusion of having more than one space in a large one.
  • Decorate with different shades of the same colour for walls, rug and furniture. This creates a visual coherence that makes the space feel open.
  • Instead of a sofa with a skirt or boxy chairs, choose bigger pieces with exposed legs to create that spacious feel.