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Even if you have the smallest of rooms to decorate, there are plenty of ways to open it up and make it look bigger than it really is. In this post, we explain some tried and tested decorating tricks that you can use to create the illusion of spaciousness for your next decorating project. 
 
1. Choose neutral colours for your walls 
 
Whether you’re using paint or wallpaper, light colours work best for making a space look larger. Try using whites, creams, stone colours or even pale greys or icy blues that will make the room seem light and airy, rather than darker colours that will absorb light and close up the space. 
 
Using neutral colours doesn’t mean that you can’t make a bold statement with your décor. You can add bold and bright accessories like cushions, lamps and trimmings to add character and style. 
 
2. Use mirrors 
 
It’s an old trick, but one that does work. Using large mirrors across wall surfaces helps to reflect light, especially when angled towards focal points or near a window to generate more natural light. 
 
3. Space your furniture out 
 
You might be tempted to stick your furniture against the walls of a small room to leave more open space in the middle. That, unfortunately, doesn’t do much for creating the illusion of space as it can make a room look smaller. You can actually make a room look bigger by pulling furniture away from the walls. 
 
Try pulling your sofa and chairs out from the walls, and you’ll probably notice that your room won’t look as cramped as before! 
 
4. Avoid over-cluttering 
 
If you have a small room, one of the most effective ways to make it look bigger is to cut down on furniture and general clutter. You could try using furniture that serves more than one purpose or is designed to save space, for example, a coffee table that has storage inside where you can hide away magazines, remote controls or even sofa throws. 
 
5. Choose furniture that doesn’t sit on the floor 
 
Another handy trick to create the illusion of more space is to use furniture that has legs so that it lifts off the floor. If you can see the floor underneath your furniture, this helps to expand the space that you’ve got. 
 
6. Consider window dressings 
 
Light is the key to making a room seem bigger, as we’ve already touched on with colour themes and mirrors. With that said, you should make the most of any windows in your room as they will help to bring in natural light. 
 
The most effective way to do this is to leave your windows uncovered with no curtains. But if you need curtains for privacy, try floaty voile curtains in a pale colour instead of heavy-looking printed fabric ones. 
 
7. Make a feature of the ceiling 
 
By painting or wallpapering the ceiling in a brighter colour, you can automatically draw the eye upwards when entering the room. This helps to create more height and in turn, more space! 
 
8. Light colours on floors 
 
As for your floor coverings, it’s best to keep them nice and light whether you’re using carpet or timber floorboards. If you have a dark floor, this will be the first thing you notice when you enter the room, and it will also close up the space. 
 
9. The magic of stripes 
 
Stripes should be used carefully as it’s easy to overdo patterns in a small space. If you use them in the right way though, it’s possible to elongate the space in your room. Consider a large striped rug and position it so that the stripes are vertical when you enter the room. This should only be done if the floor underneath is plain. 
 
10. Use clever lighting 
 
We’ve explained how natural light and reflective light is important in creating a bigger space – and artificial lighting has a good part to play too. Rather than using down-lighters, you can spread light around the room by placing lamps in different areas. 
 
We hope you find these tips useful in creating bigger living spaces! Please take a moment to share this article on social media and if you have any more tips to share, feel free to leave a comment. 
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