How to Make a Small Room Look Bigger

How to Make a Small Room Look Bigger

Every day, more and more people choose to have an apartment or condo for themselves. Some may say it’s affordable and some would say it’s more convenient especially if they are living alone. However, there are pros and cons on this type of lifestyle, one of which is the limited space provided for the occupant. The more things, furniture, and patterns you have in your room, the more cluttered it will feel. Here are some tips on how you could create an illusion of more space to reflect openness and movement for the whole area:


Every household owns a sofa, drawers or even bookshelves. No matter how small or big your house is, you always get these pieces of furniture. Most of them are big and occupy more space than any other ornaments at home. In order to create an illusion of more space, it is ideal to raise them up by putting some wooden or steel legs that will make a sense of dynamism and appears to float in space – giving open and airy feels to the whole room.


The best way to use your mirrors at home is to create a trick of larger space by reflecting light, a view back into the room and an illusion of extra window or door. Decorators would often use over-sized mirrors and place it near a window for an easy access of natural light giving the room a sense of openness. A mirror causes the eye to travel around the room making it feel larger.


Curtains with dark colors, heavy materials and fabrics would block the natural light from the outside and absorb weight, making the room look tight and small. Minimizing the use of curtains would allow the eye to take the view from the outside and make the space simple. If you can’t avoid using curtains, consider cloth blinds, shutters or curtains that are made of lightweight material like linen. Also, use a bar that extends beyond the window frame so you could expose the whole window once you open them.

Paint Colors

When dealing with small rooms, light colors are perfect for walls and ceiling – simplifies space and emphasizes the architecture. It makes the room airy and calm too. Pastel colors or even white could blur the boundaries between walls and ceilings, causing your eyes to look straight up and make the ceiling seem higher. If you want to express your creativity, you can use bold colors in one part of the room. Just make sure it complements the other interiors you have at home.


Vertical stripes elongate the space within the room, creating an illusion of movement and flow. For instance, putting a striped rug will make the room appear longer. Even for flooring, putting the hardwood in a vertical position will maximize the floor space and will cause an optical effect of wider space.

Multi-purpose Items

These versatile items can be bought or made. There are a lot of DIY furniture makeovers that could transform one piece to another with multiple functions. This will save space in your room, and since they are multi-purpose, you can make use of them however you want to, depends on your needs. It also saves money since you don’t need to buy a separate item for a different usage.

5 tips on mixing Interior design styles

5 tips on mixing Interior design styles

If you are one that can’t stick to a single style, then this is for you. It’s always charming to see different designs that go well together. What’s great about mixing interior design styles is that it can show the personality in the living space very effectively without sacrificing good aesthetic. Here are some tips to take note of:


1. Color


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Choose a neutral color for your wall. This way it will be easier to mix and match colors from different styles with everything else in the room. Remember to use a limited color palette so that the whole design will look cohesive.

2. Opposites Attract

interior design opposites

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Who says you can’t mix new with old? Having contrasting elements in your design give a certain asymmetric touch to the overall interior. Also, try experimenting on furniture textures. Rustic wood go well with shiny metals. Although, don’t go overboard with mixing types of one material. Like how different types of wood do not go very well lumped together.

3. 80 / 20 Principle

80/ 20 rule

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Also known as the Pareto principle, the 80/20 ratio has been a major principle to style and design. Unify 80% of your interior to one style and you can deviate with the 20% that’s left. For example, 80% of the interior’s design is contemporary and the 20% traditional.

4. Compliment


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There will always be styles that don’t mix. More detailed and ornate styles go with other styles with the same theme, like how a Victorian style furniture can go well with French and Asian styles. It is best to have combine styles that compliment each other and has the same feel.

5. Don't be afraid to experiment

Interior design shapes

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You will never know what works until you try it out. Experiment with colors, furniture, patterns and so on. Sometimes the best designs can come from the most random combinations. Just don’t forget to follow some of the rules that we just mentioned.

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