Interior Design: 5 Ways to Make Your Room Feel Bigger

Looking to make an impact on your home this weekend that you can afford? How about free?

It’ll cost a little energy, time (and muscle strength) but if you’re looking for some ways to improve your small (or any sized) space, try these five free ideas.

Buy Furniture on A Smaller Scale

The best way to make a room feel larger is to buy smaller scale furniture. Notice in the photo below that the black sofa is really a love seat. The scale and proportions of the sofa and the dainty armchairs create more circulation area. Large sofas, armchairs and tables will make a small room feel crowded, whereas properly scaled furniture won’t.

Notice that every piece of furniture in the room below sits on high legs. Also, Lucite and acrylic furnishings (like the coffee table below) are perfect for smaller spaces because they don’t take up any visual space.

See-through furniture—like glass tables and Lucite chairs—do a great job of tricking the eye into thinking there is more space than there actually is.

Less Visually Broken

Rooms feel bigger when they are less visually broken, so think about pushing more things out toward the walls to create a larger unbroken space in the middle. This is also important when thinking about spacing near the entrances of rooms and the height and bulk of furniture. An over sized sofa can make a room look much smaller, so consider opting for furniture with cleaner and more open lines, like glass tabletops, and chairs with open arms, and furniture with exposed space underneath them. This is part of the appeal of platform beds.