Trick yourself into thinking your room is bigger than it is.

If you have a small bedroom, you’ll have to keep the size factor into consideration when making all your decorating decisions.

One option is to renovate the room to increase square footage. If renovation isn’t an option, you’ll have to use a few decorating tricks to fool your eyes into believing that your room is larger than it actually is. Check out our top tricks to make your room look larger.

Use Vertical Space

When you’re decorating a smaller room, think vertical. You may not have too much floor space to work with. Therefore, you should utilize the vertical space from the floor to the ceiling. You can use this space quite efficiently while drawing the eye upwards, making the room seem bigger.

A great way to add interest, storage, and visual space is through the use of built-in shelves that cover the floor all the way to the ceiling. However, this option may not be possible for everyone.

As an alternative to built-in shelves, you can use bookcases or shelving units that are tall enough to touch the ceiling. Alternatively, you can hang several separate wall shelves to fill the space. Either way, you can make the room seem bigger by painting your shelves the same color as your walls.

Scale It Down

You’ll have to keep proportions in mind when considering furniture for your small room. If a piece of furniture brushes up against any of the walls of your room, that piece of furniture is most likely too large.

As a rule of thumb, it’s best always to leave a little space between your furniture and your walls.

Also, make an effort to avoid heavy furniture pieces that use up too much of the available space in the room. For example, you could opt for a sleek sofa or chair over an overstuffed couch or chair. Both options should give you the same amount of sitting space.

If you really want a large statement piece, make sure you can hang it on the wall. You may consider an artwork or a mirror. By hovering your piece on the wall rather than putting it on the floor, you won’t consume valuable living space.

Maximize Your Furniture Arrangement

Often times, furniture can eat up a lot of space. To avoid this, consider using multi-functional furniture. This can come in the form of a chest that doubles as a coffee table or a convertible sofa bed.

You may also consider using folding tables, nesting tables, and expandable tables that can be tucked away neatly when not in use.

Maximize the open space in your room by placing larger furniture pieces against the walls. Moreover, scale your pieces of furniture according to the size of your room. Make sure that it does not block pathways.

If accessories and furniture block the view looking into a room, your room will look cramped and tight. You’ll open up space in your room and make it feel larger by moving furniture out and away from all walkways.

Match Window Treatments to the Walls

Large bedrooms can greatly benefit from drapes or blinds that contrast well with the walls. On the other hand, it’s better to match your window treatments and your walls, when it comes to small bedrooms.

Matching your walls and window treatments keeps your eyes moving across space, tricking them into viewing the bedroom as more massive than it actually is.

Take, for example, a gray bedroom. You can use wallpaper to give your room some extra flair. Just make sure the wallpaper does not contrast with your drapes. Doing this will add interest in the place without making it look any smaller.

Mix Subdued Prints and Solids

It isn’t necessary to altogether avoid all prints in a small room. However, you’ll make your room look larger if you use solids generously and small prints sparingly. This rings especially true when it comes to one of the most massive pieces in your bedroom, which is your bed.

For your bed, you’ll want to choose a solid or mostly-solid comforter or bedspread. Then, you can opt for more colorful sheets and throw pillows to add interest. Consider sticking to light-to-mid tone hues. This will help visually enlarge the space.

Your bedroom can make use of plenty of patterns and textures. However, you may need to balance it out by using a palette that is confined to white and tan, for example. This creates interest without creating a closed-in feeling.

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