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Ten Ways to Make a Small Room Look Larger - Scottsdale Real Estate

Ten Ways to Make a Small Room Look Larger With features like recessed lighting, a glass table and light colors, your room will look larger. Everyone has at least one room in their home that is too small and possibly problematic to decorate. 

Most of the following designer tricks can be applied to any room: A torchiere bounces light off the ceiling to increase the look of space.

Ten Ways to Make a Small Room Look Larger1. For the illusion of a larger room, use a color scheme that is light rather than bright or dark. Pastels, neutrals and white are all color possibilities.

2. Use a monochromatic color scheme on the furniture, rugs and walls. Select different shades and textures of your single color.

3. Lighting is a key element in opening up a space. Recessed spot lighting is visually appealing and is perfect for a small space. A torchiere light is great for bouncing light off of the ceiling and back down on the room. Skylights and solar tubes are natural alternatives for adding light to a room.

4. Limit the number of accessories to avoid the cluttered feeling.

5. The floor and the ceiling are the fifth and sixth walls of every room. A light-colored flooring such as light oak or a light-colored carpet will make the room appear brighter and more open. The same applies to the ceiling-use a light color or white to "open up" the space above. A large mirror can double the appearance of a room.

6. Increase the appearance of the size of the room by adding wall mirrors. They not only reflect images, they reflect light and color. Be a little daring! Use mirror tiles to mirror an entire wall. Your room will appear to double in size.

Glass Table Conveys Open Space7. Don't place too many pieces of furniture in a small space. A love seat may work better than a full-size sofa depending on the size and shape of the room. Add two medium-sized chairs or two small wood chairs. Place the chairs closer to the wall and then pull them into the area when additional seating is needed.

8. Add paintings or prints to the walls. One large painting works better than a group of small paintings. A glass table conveys a feeling of open space.

9. The visual balance of a room is also important. A large, brightly colored element can overwhelm a room and decrease the appearance of space.

10. A glass table, whether it is a dining, coffee or end table, will keep the appearance of an open and free space. A glass table a feeling of open space.


Jeff Daley


Jeff Daley is a decorated Vietnam Veteran that supports veterans and veteran issues when possible.



Comment balloon 4 commentsJane & Jeff Daley, PhD • February 11 2017 05:06PM


Great tips Jane & Jeff Daley, PhD and as you say most people have at least one room that could use these tips. You wonder what they do in those micro-houses?

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate (Alliance Real Estate - Minot) over 1 year ago

Jane & Jeff Daley, PhD These are very good tips for to make a small room look larger.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) over 1 year ago

I sell a lot of condos and lofts in Downtown and Coastal San Diego and they are small on sqft, big on views; this is great advice, thank you!

Posted by Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722) over 1 year ago

The easiest way for you to get more room in your house is to get rid of things! It's easy in a sense, but tedious for you to carry it out if you set your mind to doing it! You'll probably have to look into a garage sale or self storage unit, or you could just donate the stuff that you don't think you'll need. You might even find that getting rid of all the junk you don't need might be therapeutic once you get down to clearing things out! Good luck!

Posted by Thomas Maloney (Supercheap Storage South Brisbane) 12 months ago

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