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Visual tricks to make a small room look larger


Pamela Cole Harris

you can stand in the middle of your room and touch the walls on all four
sides, then you probably need to add some visual space to your room (either
that or see a surgeon about those gorilla arms of yours!). If the neighbor
next door has a closet bigger than your room (and it’s not a walk-in
closet!), then you need a little help “growing” your small room!

are some miracle visual tricks to make your room appear larger:


Use light values

when painting your room. That does not mean you are doomed to white
walls! (padded or not!) Try a pretty celadon or chamois (light green
or cream beige, for those non-lyrical decorators out there!)


Place the large pieces of furniture against the walls so the open space in
the middle isn’t broken up. (I know what you are thinking!
“Pamela,” you think. “The large piece of furniture against
the wall completely COVERS the middle of the room. WHAT open space?” In
that case, might I suggest wall demolition? Moving?)


Choose a sofa and chairs with open arms and exposed legs
This allows light to filter under the furniture, making the room
appear airier. (But you can no longer hide dust bunnies!)


Consider smaller scale furniture
A sofa or bed that takes up less area will help visually open the
room. (Probably not a good idea to put a king-sized bed in that


Use vertical space for storage.

Add a hutch or floor-to-ceiling bookcases as a storage solution to
reduce the amount of floor space taken. (But I would discourage
hanging books and bric-a-brac from the ceiling – you never know what
will land on your head in the middle of the night!)


A large mirror in the room will reflect light around the room. This is
especially effective with near a window so the outdoors can be reflected.
(Just my own personal taste, but I think mirrors on the ceiling and all the
walls might be just a bit tacky – unless they are helpful for your….ummm….business!)

Arrange furniture at an angle if possible. This gives visual interest to the
small space. (I can hear you thinking again! See item one above!)

a few visual tricks and some rearranging of furniture, you can make any room
appear bigger than its actual size. But let’s be realistic here! If you want
to move that four-poster bedroom suite into that closet – well, forget it!

Unless your cousin Vinnie is in the
home remodeling business! In which case,
you may need more than just a miracle! Might I suggest liability insurance?

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