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7 Surprising Ways to Make Your Rooms Look Bigger

We all have that one room in the house that seems to be closing in on us. Whether your house is on the market or you’re just in the mood to do some redecorating, there are a number of simple tricks you can do—using design and organization tips—that will make even your smallest rooms instantly feel bigger and more spacious.

Look in the mirror.

Mirrors reflect any light in the room, giving the appearance of a more open space. For maximum impact, hang mirrors on walls opposite of windows or other sources of natural light, which will help bounce light around the room.

Get off the ground.

Furniture raised off the ground by legs can allow more light to flow through the room, making it feel airy and more spacious. Avoid heavy furniture such as oversized sofas with skirting that interrupt the line of sight and make the room seem smaller.

Fake it.

Make your windows seem larger by mounting curtain rods closer to the ceiling or past the width of the window ever so slightly. This trick immediately makes your windows, and your room, feel much larger and maximizes available natural light.

Space things out.

Rather than arranging all of your furniture against the walls, bring them out into the floor, or arrange your bed in the corner. Most think rooms would appear to have more space with everything pushed toward the wall, but in fact, the opposite is true.

Lighten up.

When it comes to choosing paint colors, go for light, bright colors that reflect light to instantly make the room feel larger. Dark colors can make rooms feel small, even if they’re not.

Ditch the window treatments.

Not everyone would likely be a fan of this suggestion, but it’s worth a try. Take down the heavy drapes or window treatments, and watch your space transform and open up immediately. Replace them with sheer curtains or trendy bamboo that can be rolled up to let in the light.

Use multi-function pieces.

Look for furniture that serves a dual purpose, such as a coffee table that boasts storage. These two-in-one pieces will cut down on the furniture in your room, creating space and the illusion of a larger room.

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