Make your small home seem bigger

Interior designer, Ryan McDonough from has some tips on how to make your small home feel much bigger. Follow these tips and you’ll be surprised at just how much larger your home can feel.

Use Light Paint Colours

Lighter shades of paint colours will help to reflect the light around your home and make it feel larger. Whites, creams, and pale greys work well for this. Sticking to just one shade in each room will also help to enhance the space.

Avoid lots of patterns or dark shades as these can make your home seem gloomy, darker, and smaller.

Use The Same Flooring Throughout

Create flow by using the same flooring throughout your home. This will make a big difference in how large your home feels.

Laying flooring boards is a great idea as these can be used in various rooms including the kitchen, living areas, and bedrooms. Adding rugs can help to create a more cosy feel in the home without having an effect on the visual spacious look of the space.

Choose Minimalist Window Stylings

Large curtains and blinds can make a room seem smaller and can also take up quite a bit of essential space. Instead, choose simple window stylings such as a roller blind. A light coloured roller blind can work well in ensuring the room stays light and airy.

The more natural light you can allow to flow through your home, the larger your home will seem.

Use Floating Furniture

One of the best things you can do in a small home is to keep the floor as clear as possible to make the room seem larger.

Try adding floating furniture such as nightstands and shelves to keep the ground as clear as possible. The extra space underneath can even double up as storage space, too, if you wish.

Make The Most of Storage

When you’re working with a small area, you want to ensure that you’re getting the most out of the room in terms of storage. No matter what kind of room you are creating, it’s a good idea to consider multifunctional storage solutions. This will allow you to store as many items as possible while using as little space as possible.

Floating shelves are also a great idea for storage in a small room as these provide a place to store smaller items but they don’t take up any of the floor space.

Make Use of Mirrors

Mirrors help to reflect sunlight around the room, giving the illusion of more space. Large mirrors are great for helping to make the space seem bigger. A couple of large leaning mirrors against a wall can make a big difference in how big the room seems.

If you want to enhance the view and ensure as much light as possible is reflected, artfully place your mirrors so they reflect a window and the outdoor view.

Add Reflective Materials

Choosing things like glossy tiles and other high-shine materials can help to maximise the effect of a mirrored-style wall. This will bounce light around the room and make the space seem much larger, more open, and airier.

You can also add glossy textures in accent pieces such as small statues or mirrored furniture.

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