An open entryway into a room makes the room feel larger and less confined or cramped. To give a small room a more open feeling, furniture should not block entryways.
A table topped with glass can add to the visual space of a room. A mirrored tabletop can do the same thing.
Well lit rooms always look larger. Light is key to opening up a smaller space, whether the light is natural or artificial. Having a few lighting sources in a smaller room can help create the impression of more space. When it comes to window treatments, sheer fabrics allow light into a room while heavy draperies block light.
Rooms with minimal pieces of furniture and accessories often escape the cluttered, crowded feeling that so often make smaller spaces feel even smaller.
Walls, furniture and rugs in similar colors can create a more open feeling of continuity while contrasting colors can break up space and make an area feel more confined.
Light, neutral colors on walls can help create the illusion of more space. Lighter colors tend to reflect light, while darker colors tend to absorb it. Light colored countertops in kitchens and bathrooms make surfaces seem more expansive.
Mirrors can almost magically make a room appear larger by reflecting light and space. Try hanging a large framed mirror on one wall or even leaning it against the wall to create a more open, airy impression.
Many people in their seasoned years live in smallish quarters. Some of us have “downsized” because we no longer want a lot of extra space. Some are living within fixed incomes that limit our options. Others simply have never desired a more spacious environment and enjoy living in a cozy, intimate setting.
Here are a few ideas for making a small space appear larger: