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Design techniques that make small spaces look and feel bigger

Living in a small space, like a condo, can impact how you decorate. Even if you’re living in a house, you may find there are certain rooms that aren’t as big as you wish they were. But if you’re creative in how you furnish and decorate it, you can create the illusion of a bigger room. We’ve compiled a list of ways to achieve this in even the trickiest of spaces!

Think light colours

You don’t have to renovate your entire home to achieve the illusion that a space is bigger than it actually is. Instead, give your condo or favourite space a new paint job. Light colours can transform an otherwise smaller space into something that feels much larger. Light blues, whites or greys give a room a sense of openness. Dark painted walls, on the other hand, can make a room feel smaller and closed-in.


Light-coloured walls create openness in an otherwise small space.

Not the DIYer-type? Not to worry! Take a look at our directory for painting professionals in your area! Read through customer reviews and scroll through company portfolios to find a specialist for your next painting project.

Let there be light

The windows in your home are the key to opening up a room and making it feel more spacious. That’s because natural light enlarges a space. Use it to your advantage by putting sheer coverings on windows and pulling drapes back to allow that light to flow into the room.


Natural light adds so much to a small room.

Even though you want your windows to let in lots of natural light, window coverings add a nice touch. We have an extensive directory of furniture and home accessories stores where you can find just what you need to dress up your windows.

Buy the right pieces of furniture

Fill your space with pieces of furniture that are multi-functional, rather than cluttering the space with multiple pieces that serve different purposes. For example, a chest can be repurposed as a coffee table. It not only looks stylish, but gives you extra storage space. Fairly large pieces of furniture may take up too much room, so be conscious of the size of furniture you choose. Then, lace your couch and accent pieces against the wall. Putting them in the middle of the room will divide the space, making it look and feel smaller than it actually is.

These pieces are great storage and space-savers!

These pieces are great storage and space-savers!

Use our directory to find a furniture store nearest you.

Speaking of furniture, make sure it has legs

Making a room look bigger means the space needs to look and feel open. If you’re putting a side table in the corner of a room, buy a high piece with long legs. The light coming into the room will make the furniture look like it’s floating in the space. The openness makes a room feel bigger despite its actual size.

What do you think of these furniture looks? Can you picture them in your home?

What do you think of these furniture looks? Can you picture them in your home?

Create a not-so-typical accent wall

Accent walls are still popular design features, but since you’ll want to paint your space a light colour, you’ll want to avoid painting one wall a dramatically different colour. Instead, create a focal point against the wall. Install a sizable floor to ceiling bookshelf or mirror. A dramatic wall piece visually expands the room, which makes you feel like you’re standing in a larger-than-life space. Want to stay on trend? Opt for a tone on tone wallpaper! Today’s wallpapers come in funky colours and textures to suit anyone’s style and taste.

These accent walls add a nice touch to any room!

These accent walls add a nice touch to any room!

Our paint and wallpaper contractors can create an accent wall using paint or wallpaper – your choice!

A few simple tricks can instantly open up any space! But if you’re having trouble along the way, consider calling an interior design and decor professional to visit your space and make it feel bigger than it actually looks.

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