Stylemaker Secrets: Fake a Bigger Small Space
Fake It with Paint
I will often paint the walls, ceiling, and trim in the same color. Lighter colors make a space feel larger and airier.
-- Lauren Liess, decorator, textile designer, and blogger
Float the Furniture
Don't push all the furniture against the walls! Float some pieces when creating conversational seating arrangements. Choose pieces that can help to create distinct zones in a small area without taking up too much visual space, like clear acrylic pieces.
-- Khristian A. Howell, color and pattern expert
Edit, Edit, Edit
It has been said before, but it is so key: Edit, edit, edit. And when you're done editing, edit some more. If your space is full of stuff, it will never feel spacious.
-- Darlene Weir, owner and principal interior designer of Fieldstone Hill Design
Divide and Conquer
The best way to make a small space feel spacious is to make sure that you have designated areas to make everything seem larger. A studio, for example, should have a bedroom area, dining area, kitchen area, etc. Use different rugs in some of those areas to help make things feel larger.
-- Camila Pavone, interior decorator and blogger
Try the Rug Trick
I like to use a large rug to cover the majority of the floor. It will draw your eye across the entire space, making it appear more spacious than it actually is.
-- Tina Ramchandani, founder of interior design firm Tina Ramchandani Creative and blogger
Stretch the Space
A smaller room calls for full-size rather than smaller furniture, and lower seating heights. Color rather than white walls always makes the space feel bigger, too.
-- Sarah Sarna, founder of Sarah Sarna Interior Design and blogger
Mirrors can add depth to a room and also can add more light. I always hang mirrors where they can reflect a window.
-- Kirsten Grove, interior stylist and blogger
Fool the Eye
Play with scale. Try using larger pieces versus multiple, smaller pieces in a room. Instead of multiple chairs, try a love seat, and pair it with one larger art piece on the wall above instead of an art collage.
-- Britany Simon, designer and HGTV Design Star finalist