The Commonwealth Blog

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Making Tiny Spaces Look Bigger

If you’re selling or moving into a home with small rooms, you’ll want to create the illusion of having more space. Why? Open and spacious rooms (especially closets) are more appealing to prospective buyers who may have a ton of belongings to bring with them. Making bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, bathrooms, and closets appear larger than they are is possible with easy DIY tips.

Declutter Everything

No matter how large your rooms are, they’ll look smaller and feel claustrophobic if items are scattered about everywhere. Declutter your home every six months to get rid of things you no longer need, use, or want. This is especially important if you’re putting your house on the market. Do a thorough sweep of every room before your showcase to help put the “open” in “open house.”

Using multi-purpose furniture is one strategic way to create less clutter year-round. For example, a window seat with built-in storage underneath could save you from needing another bulky bookcase or dresser. You can also maximize the space of particularly small closets with closet organizers to keep extra clothes from piling up or falling on the floor.  

The Essentials

Make small living rooms or bedrooms ”bigger” by painting them with light or dark colors. Medium shades make spaces feel more cramped and confined. Instead, opt for white or very dark colors to visually expand the space. Bedrooms are great places to experiment with color because they’re more private and tucked away. Why not paints the walls a bold version of your favorite color? The room will feel larger and reflect your unique style and taste.

You’ll want to be more intentional with the furniture you place in your rooms, too. Although it might seem counterintuitive to highlight open space with large furniture, drawing attention with statement pieces like big beds and dressers will prove that pieces of their size still fit comfortably in the room. Filling your rooms with too many small pieces of furniture can make them feel cluttered, even if the items themselves take up less space than something larger.

Also, select chairs and beds with exposed legs. Seeing the extra room beneath furniture creates a feeling of openness, unlike looking at beds and chairs with skirts that touch the ground.

Decorate Strategically

Use mirrors, lamps, and curtains to make your room feel and look bigger. Floor-to-ceiling curtains do a good job of drawing your attention to the length of the wall, ultimately making the room seem taller. You can also place mirrors in dark spaces to reflect light around the room. Placing several lamps around the room will have a similar effect.

Open-House Ready

Now that you've made your small rooms look bigger, you've got more space to relax and more opportunity to impress potential homeowners—a win-win for owners and buyers alike.


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