How to Decorate a Small Room to Make It Seem Bigger
Whether it’s your bedroom or living area, decorating a small room is a big task. Rest assured, this isn’t and shouldn’t be the case. Read on for our top tips to get the most out of a small room in your home.
1. Use light wall paint
Light colours on the walls create the feeling of a bigger room. They attract natural light to make the room appear brighter and more spacious.
Off-white paints like Paint & Paper Library in Cotton make a room look and feel homely. Or, choose a paint with a higher sheen level to reflect light.
If you want to make a bold statement, use Little Greene’s Broad Stripe Icing wallpaper to make a stunning feature wall without compromising the illusion of space. Best of all, the stripes in this design will help to elongate the room.
You can make a small room look taller by painting the ceiling. Draw the attention upwards with a brighter shade that brings light to the room, like a lemon yellow or rose pink.
2. Light it up
Natural light is the key to making a small room seem bigger. If your room has larger windows, dress them with lighter-coloured blinds and curtains. Matching these with the lighter walls will help enhance the effect.
Avoid dark window coverings, as these can scale down the room by drawing attention away from the outside. Or, leave the window bare to give the effect of depth. For rooms with a small window, use additional light fittings to add extra brightness to the room.
3. Maximise space and minimise clutter
After you’ve added furniture and belongings into a small room, it can be a challenge to create space. Fortunately, there are plenty of storage options available to help transform the room.
Use an open shelving unit to stack and display your items neatly. Try a wall shelf for smaller belongings to maximise the space of the room; you can even find these in quirky shapes. In your bedroom, use hideaway storage boxes to keep clothes and any other items tucked away underneath your bed.
Keeping a room tidy is essential to making it look and feel spacious. If you’re a hoarder, declutter once a month! The more items you have, the less space there will be. Spread out decorative accessories across the room to avoid making the room look busy – keep it balanced!
Regardless of which room you’re decorating, there should be a focal point. In the living room, this could be a coffee table or a brightly coloured sofa. If you’re starting from scratch, design the room around the main feature and use matching colours to create a sense of spaciousness.
4. Mirror, mirror on the wall…
Oversized mirrors will help bring the room to life by reflecting light. There are plenty of styles to choose from, including antique-style frames and more streamlined, contemporary designs. A clever trick is to place the mirror by a window, as this will capture any light from the outdoors and bring it indoors.
It can be simple to transform a small room into something more spacious. Why not get started with one of our lighter-coloured designer paints?