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4 awesome tricks that will help your home interior look bigger

(4 min read) First of all, being stuck in any space for a long while will make any such space appear cramped and small. Needless to say, once all of this is over, we’ll want to redecorate our respective apartments and homes, just the make living that much bearable. Keeping all of this in mind, this whole self-isolation business is especially hard for the folks who live in already small spaces. At some point, even the biggest home can start looking like a prison cell, let alone a small one. So in this post, we will talk about how to make a small space look bigger and how to make any overall claustrophobic environment look more open.

When quarantine is over

1. Less is more

When you want to design the interior of a small house it is good to keep in mind that it should be efficient above everything. Although I myself am a maximalist in the very core of my being, I have to say that one of the guidelines when designing a small house should be “less Is more”. That, of course, doesn’t mean that you should strip your house of its bare essentials. It means that you should choose just a few most important and inspiring objects and display them.

Minimal design inspiration for a better home interior.
Less is more principle in the living room/office. Design by Ikea.

Beautiful minimal bedroom design interior.
Less is more in the bedroom, Source: etsy.

2. Light colors

Go for lighter, neutral floor colors. This will eliminate the risk of your space looking overburdened or closed. A table with a glass top will do the same thing and so will the clear white walls. Make sure to add some greenery here and there or some splash of color, so that your home interior doesn’t end up looking cold and foreign.

Beautiful pastel shades in the living room.
Pastel shades in the living room with some greenery.

White walls and splashes of colors make a beautiful home interiors.
White walls and splashes of color for visual expansion. Design by Tara Benet Design.

3. Smart furniture

You should also invest in some smaller, but smart furniture. For example, go for a cushioned bench or a settee instead of a colorful overstuffed sofa. Once you’ve acquired some nice furniture keep it away from the walls and if you like rugs and you just have to add one, go for the biggest one you can find. All of this will make your home interior look more inviting and create the illusion of openness.

Comfy furniture interiors.
Small but comfy furniture.

Practical living room home interiors.
Small living room furniture should be practical above all else.

4. Mirror, mirror on the wall

The carefully placed mirror will create a sense of openness and vastness. Mirror reflects both light and the view and by doing so it tricks the eye into perceiving more space… That was me, being scientific and all that jazz. What I actually want to say is that aside from letting your mirror being an ultimate trickster, you can also play with it as much as you like. Frame it in colorful mosaic borders and sparkle, choose a fancy heart-shaped mirror with neon lights or get your grandmas old one from the attic and rearrange it yourself. Go crazy! Not the evil stepmom crazy, just stylishly crazy I mean.

Gorgeous Mosaic border mirror.
Mosaic border mirror — useful and eye-catching. Mosaic Mirror by Leon Furniture.

Mirrors will usually enhance the home interiors.
Mirrors will visually enhance the space. Source: Ideal Home.

So, those were some major changes you can apply to make your small apartment seem bigger. The following are some easy and swift tricks, so we will just call them — honorable mentions:

  • Make your furniture legs visible (be flirtatious, show some legs).
  • Ditch the heavy drapes and wall-to-wall rugs (some nudity never killed anybody.
  • Create a clear pathway to the doors.
  • Emphasize all of the vertical and horizontal lines (not by creating a geometrical pattern, but by emphasizing the vertical and horizontal separately).

Visible furniture legs are so beautiful and funky
Visible furniture legs.

Beautiful vertical lines make gorgeous interiors.
Emphasizing vertical lines. Design by usona.


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79 Comments

  1. Lovely
    May 13, 2020 at 12:12 pm — Reply

    Thank you for the tips and tricks! I would love to try decorating my room with bright colors!

    xoxo
    Lovely

    http://mynameislovely.com

  2. Stephanie
    May 13, 2020 at 12:19 pm — Reply

    I love these ideas! I follow almost all of them in my home, too. Especially the “less is more” and having functional furniture in the home. I don’t use many mirrors but have a few around the house.

  3. Joline
    May 13, 2020 at 12:44 pm — Reply

    Mirrors make a huge difference. We used to live in a small condo in the city and well-placed mirrors made the place look much bigger than it actually was!

  4. Jessica Collazo
    May 13, 2020 at 2:25 pm — Reply

    I like big mirrors in lighter colors I think they make the look of a room Chic and bigger

  5. Kathy
    May 13, 2020 at 4:51 pm — Reply

    The mirror is the one thing that I know that makes space look bigger. I’ve heard this so many times before. I didn’t know about the others but this is helpful.

  6. Amber Myers
    May 13, 2020 at 4:57 pm — Reply

    I’ll try these out. We do have a small house so I’d like it to appear to be bigger for sure.

  7. Tessa
    May 13, 2020 at 5:34 pm — Reply

    I am all about mirrors! I can’t get enough of a great mirror to make a space look larger. I also agree that light colors can completely open up a room!

  8. CA
    May 13, 2020 at 7:44 pm — Reply

    Thanks a lot for this! I really feel like my space is getting smaller, this is why I don’t like buying more stuff. I don’t want to feel too cramped up at home.

  9. Neely Moldovan
    May 13, 2020 at 8:55 pm — Reply

    I love that mirror over the fireplace. Seriously gorgeous!

  10. Michelle Earwicker
    May 13, 2020 at 9:46 pm — Reply

    Love these ideas! I think light colors and mirrors are my current go tos. Thanks for the other ideas.

  11. Marjie Mare
    May 13, 2020 at 10:46 pm — Reply

    Great tips and thanks for sharing them. The pics look amazing. I love the touch of yellow in the black and white setting.

  12. Agnes
    May 13, 2020 at 11:45 pm — Reply

    I am trying to keep everything on minimal. It is just hard to stick and let go of some of my things.

  13. Marie Phillips
    May 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm — Reply

    I don’t even have a small space but I still get overwhelmed with stuff everywhere, even though there is room for it. I love all of the above rooms with their simplicity. Now if I could just find the time to pare down my own house!

  14. Mag
    May 14, 2020 at 12:34 am — Reply

    Putting mirrors is a very great idea to make room more spacious. Thanks for these tips, I really need this.

  15. CA
    May 14, 2020 at 1:31 am — Reply

    Thank you for these tips! This is the main reason why I don’t buy too much stuff for my home, since I have a small living space and I don’t want to feel too cramped up in my resting space.

  16. Cristina Petrini
    May 14, 2020 at 3:53 am — Reply

    These are really fantastic tips! My apartment is not very small, 90 m2, yet I am always looking for advice to make it appear bigger. ^_^

  17. Ramil Hinolan
    May 14, 2020 at 5:07 am — Reply

    I applied some of the principles you mention in this post. We have mirrors here and there and our furniture are only those essentials.

  18. Bindu Thomas
    May 14, 2020 at 5:12 am — Reply

    Loved these ones. And loved the ‘Less is more’ idea

  19. Krysten Quiles
    May 14, 2020 at 7:46 am — Reply

    Two of the bedrooms in my home are pretty small, I’ll have to give these tricks a try. Thanks!

  20. Jean Neuhart
    May 14, 2020 at 9:13 am — Reply

    Thanks for sharing these great tips. Think I’m going to try the “less is more” concept. Looks so open and elegant, and no clutter!

  21. Heather
    May 14, 2020 at 9:36 am — Reply

    Great tips!! When selling our last home (tiny NYC co-op) our realtors opened our eyes to the magic of large mirrors – i’m hooked!! They really give the illusion of a larger space, and if placed on a wall opposite a window can make it seem like you have more windows! So awesome!

  22. Hollie
    May 14, 2020 at 9:58 am — Reply

    Wow this is all such awesome advice! We are in the process of moving into a smaller home so we are definitely going to be utilizing these.

  23. W
    May 14, 2020 at 10:42 am — Reply

    Amazing ideas…..just love them and these ideas are really very helpful it helps me lot ….Thanks for sharing them….

  24. Adrienne
    May 14, 2020 at 11:01 am — Reply

    Thanks for sharing these tips. I’ve been doing a lot of redecorating and appreciate all the help!

  25. Joanna
    May 14, 2020 at 11:16 am — Reply

    I agree with less is more, I like minimalist style. It doesn’t only look good but it’s easy to clean as well.

  26. Catherine
    May 14, 2020 at 11:27 am — Reply

    So many great ideas here and I love the spaces you’ve chosen for inspo. I cannot wait to get out and get some supplies to redo some areas in my house.

  27. EW
    May 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm — Reply

    I really love your idea of design. it is very help full, i would love to decorate my home like this style. thanks for sharing.

  28. Vanessa
    May 14, 2020 at 12:34 pm — Reply

    These are great tips, I hate when rooms look crowded and small.

  29. Monidipa
    May 14, 2020 at 2:05 pm — Reply

    Your tips are really good. I’ll use them on my house after the pandemic is over.

  30. Ashlee
    May 14, 2020 at 2:18 pm — Reply

    I’m so into this post! We are looking for new ways to open up our home, without needed to knock down walls and we can do these things right now!

  31. Sophia
    May 14, 2020 at 3:16 pm — Reply

    I love the idea that less is more. I am moving next week and want to do a more “minimalistic theme” in my house.

  32. Diana
    May 14, 2020 at 3:30 pm — Reply

    Great tips! Can’t wait to implement some of these as we are redoing a room in our house!

  33. Bella
    May 14, 2020 at 5:10 pm — Reply

    Light colours and mirrors make a massive difference to the light projected around a house and we love using different types of soft furnishing too! Great tips x

  34. Y
    May 14, 2020 at 5:23 pm — Reply

    We have just repainted our hallway to a cream colour to make it look bigger and removed some furniture to make it clutter-free so totally agree with your post here

  35. Pilar
    May 14, 2020 at 5:34 pm — Reply

    Thank you so much for all the awesome tips! I think my favorite is the mirrors, they make the rooms look so much bigger 😀

  36. Charlene
    May 14, 2020 at 5:44 pm — Reply

    These are such great tips! I’ve been on such a minimalism kick lately so I totally agree with the less is more tip!

  37. Stacey
    May 14, 2020 at 5:49 pm — Reply

    It’s so funny that an empty room can look so small until you put furniture in it. These are great optical tricks to extend your space even when you aren’t adding square footage.

  38. Melissa
    May 14, 2020 at 6:48 pm — Reply

    These are good tips. I used to live in a small house and it was hard to organize and decorate.

  39. Evie
    May 14, 2020 at 7:27 pm — Reply

    Yeah, light colours and mirrors is usually my solution. Ufortunately, I tend to clutter my place with all small decorative cute things.

  40. Melissa Kane
    May 14, 2020 at 7:35 pm — Reply

    I love the black and white contrast in some of these pictures. I wish I could pain my apartment to achieve some of this.

  41. CD
    May 14, 2020 at 11:35 pm — Reply

    When I read the title, the first thing that came into my mind is MIRROR!! and found it to be #4… I also love the other points.. thank you for sharing!

  42. Cindy Ingalls
    May 14, 2020 at 11:51 pm — Reply

    These interiors are gorgeous! I always have trouble pairing down–I tend to want to fill every wall!

  43. Jay Aguirre
    May 15, 2020 at 12:28 am — Reply

    I love the designs of these! The pictures and the spaces are gorgeous. I can’t wait to try these out on my own home one day.

  44. Jafala
    May 15, 2020 at 6:16 am — Reply

    WOW ITS REALLY HELP ME TO GIVE BETTER LOOK TO HOME

  45. Fatima Torres
    May 15, 2020 at 7:12 am — Reply

    Yes. Mirrors are a great way to add more space to your home. I love the idea of lighter colors as well.

  46. Ave
    May 15, 2020 at 7:55 am — Reply

    Light colors make such a huge difference for small rooms! I like the idea of mirrors and also smart furniture. Everything counts for small spaces.

  47. Britt K
    May 15, 2020 at 8:42 am — Reply

    You’ve got some great ideas here. We’ve been looking at updating our living room for a while now – it’s overdue. I have been on the search for the perfect furniture and this is great inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

  48. Blair villanueva
    May 15, 2020 at 9:18 am — Reply

    I am a fan of using light colors inside the room, and installing huge mirrors. Mirrors gives an illusion of wider space.

  49. Melissa Cushing
    May 15, 2020 at 9:44 am — Reply

    I love all of the looks featured above and I am obsessed with that coffee table with the wheels on it. 🙂 I also love using mirrors as they really make a space look larger too. Thanks for sharing and for the tips!

  50. Talya
    May 15, 2020 at 12:23 pm — Reply

    Some great tips here! We have lightened you a lot of our rooms and made use of mirrors which makes a huge difference.

  51. MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    May 15, 2020 at 12:59 pm — Reply

    We use light colours to give the appearance of space in a room. We also use glass table to try and make it look less cluttered. It would look great if the kids didn’t leave their clutter lying about.

  52. Rochelle
    May 15, 2020 at 2:54 pm — Reply

    I have some rooms in my house that can benefit from this. Thanks for sharing all these tips 🙂

  53. Cel
    May 15, 2020 at 3:30 pm — Reply

    Love light colors that really make a room into a seemingly larger space.

  54. Kevin
    May 15, 2020 at 4:39 pm — Reply

    Such a simple trick to make a room look bigger, it’s really mind-blowing sometimes!

  55. Garf
    May 15, 2020 at 6:05 pm — Reply

    These are great tips. I love the light colors…They make a room look spacious.

  56. Angela Cardamone
    May 15, 2020 at 6:41 pm — Reply

    These are all such incredible design tips! I’ll be sure to use these for my next project!

  57. Ramil Hinolan
    May 15, 2020 at 8:15 pm — Reply

    These tips are helpful for us living in small spaces. I love mirrors to spice the room and make it bigger.

  58. Sondra Barker
    May 15, 2020 at 8:47 pm — Reply

    Love these tips! Less is definitely more, I love the simplistic look.

  59. Pea
    May 15, 2020 at 10:35 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the tips! We just repainted with a light color off sky blue.

  60. Catherine Santiago Jose
    May 16, 2020 at 1:00 am — Reply

    It’s wonderful! The interiors is so cute and quite aesthetic, it’s very pleasing to eyes.

  61. Kez
    May 16, 2020 at 2:15 am — Reply

    There are some great tips here. Id love to give them a try but where I live, most 2 bedroom places are only around 600sq ft, (on the larger end of the scale).

  62. Sushmita
    May 16, 2020 at 2:23 am — Reply

    I absolutely agree that light colours make your room look bigger and also, brighter! Pastels in the living room give soothing vibes too 🙂

  63. Asif
    May 16, 2020 at 5:20 am — Reply

    Loved your concepts of interior designing..will implement hen I build my home👍

  64. Nart
    May 16, 2020 at 5:50 am — Reply

    Wow, these are such cool tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

  65. Melanie williams
    May 16, 2020 at 7:28 am — Reply

    Great tips here for sure. I agree completely neutral colours and deffo less is more xx

  66. Anindya Sundar Basu
    May 16, 2020 at 10:46 am — Reply

    These are very valuable tips. I will definitely try them at home

  67. Mark
    May 16, 2020 at 10:54 am — Reply

    These are some useful tips especially for me that love to change things inside the house.

  68. Kenny
    May 16, 2020 at 11:01 am — Reply

    Read every single line coz I need to apply these things since we are moving to a smaller house. This would be most helpful.

  69. Christa
    May 16, 2020 at 12:56 pm — Reply

    These are such great ideas! I can’t count the number of times I’ve been in homes where the furniture was too big for the space. Scale is everything

  70. Christa
    May 16, 2020 at 1:00 pm — Reply

    These are such great ideas! I can’t count the number of times I’ve been in homes where the furniture was too big for the space. Scale is everything

  71. solraz
    May 16, 2020 at 1:01 pm — Reply

    This is so cool! I love the less is simpler idea. I always wanted a warm-look for our tiny space and this must be the insights I’m looking for and should really take note of. The thing is I have a lot of things to disposed hahha. Thanks for sharing!

  72. Marjie Mare
    May 16, 2020 at 1:47 pm — Reply

    The pictures look amazing and thank you for sharing these awesome tips with us. Now, I am going to redecorate my home.

  73. Alpa
    May 16, 2020 at 2:26 pm — Reply

    Nice tricks and worth implementing. The pictures look beautiful

  74. remo
    May 16, 2020 at 6:08 pm — Reply

    Cool tricks! Love the coronavirus meme hahaha

  75. Michelle
    May 16, 2020 at 10:00 pm — Reply

    These are such great tips that I can actually use! Light colors do really help in making a place look bigger.

  76. sol
    May 17, 2020 at 1:36 am — Reply

    Great tips and ideas ! This is very helpful and I will take note of this when it is time to rearrange everything in our room. I love the idea of using light colors.

  77. Jacqueline Debono
    May 17, 2020 at 3:36 am — Reply

    I love using light pastel colours more than white and most the rooms in my house are painted in either a pale yellow, blue or green!

  78. Genevieve
    May 17, 2020 at 5:21 am — Reply

    I have mirrors all over my tiny farmhouse to make it look bigger. Love all of these ideas!

  79. Laura Schwormstedt
    May 18, 2020 at 12:10 pm — Reply

    Yes to less is more, it really helps make a space look bigger and more uncluttered. Mirrors can also help. I know I need to do a big spring clean

    Laura

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