Over the past 50 years, as the average household size has decreased, the square footage of modern homes has doubled. But no matter when your house was constructed, chances are you may have one room (oftentimes reserved as the guest bedroom or hobby room) that is slightly smaller than the others. Don’t let it get you down! There are countless ways to improve the look of a room so it looks and feels larger.
One Extreme or the Other
It’s no surprise that a really fantastic paint color (or a really terrible one) can make or break a room. One thing to keep in mind when working with a small space is to go for either a bright white or deep, dark paint color. When you work with these extremes you create contrast within the room, which gives the illusion of depth.
Opt for More Light
Having multiple sources of light in a room can make it feel more expansive, especially a good source of natural light. Use lamps spread throughout the room (instead of just relying on a singular overhead source of light) and light filtering curtains. Installing floor-to-ceiling curtains several inches above the top of the window can also give the illusion of a higher ceiling.
Pull it Together with a Rug
The key to making a room look larger at first glance is with the perfect area rug. The size of rug that will work best for the space will depend on placement of the furniture. Keep in mind that all pieces of furniture in the room should ideally fit onto the rug.