10 Ideas For Decorating a Small House To Make it Look Bigger

10 Ideas For Decorating a Small House To Make it Look Bigger

When you’re living in a small house, every inch counts. Learn how to make the most of even the smallest room by checking out our 10 tips for how to make a small room look bigger. We’ll teach you how to decorate a small living room, bedroom, or any other small space.

1. Raise Curtain Rods

What’s the first tip in decorating a small house to make it look bigger? Raise your curtain rods! No matter how big your room is, curtains should go as high as possible to elongate the window area and draw the eye upward.

Stylish interior of living room with small design table and sofa. White walls, plants on the windowsill.

2. Minimize Decorative Pieces

Decorative pieces like vases, coffee table books, and frames can add to the clutter of a smaller space. Reduce the visual noise by keeping decorative pieces to a minimum. Aim for no more than three decorative pieces on any given surface.

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3. Replace a Gallery Wall With One Oversized Art Piece

Gallery walls are a fun way to showcase lots of art and photography, but they can also feel overwhelming in a small space. Swap out a group of several framed pieces for one oversized art piece. You’ll pack a powerful punch and simplify the look of a smaller space.

big green plant and yellow frame in the wall

4. Choose Furniture To Fit the Space

Many small rooms are filled with giant sectionals and overstuffed armchairs. These pieces may work in a bigger room, but when square footage is tight, it’s best to stick with smaller, slimmer furniture. Choose couches and chairs with exposed legs to create the illusion of even more free space.

beautiful living room with green theme

5. Angle Your Furniture

Angling your furniture in a small room may seem counter-intuitive. When you’re trying to maximize space, why waste it with an angled chair or couch? However, this move can draw attention away from the fact that you’re working with a small space, making it seem as if you have plenty of room to spare.

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6. Paint Walls a Bright White

White is a winning color for any room, but it’s especially ideal for a compact room. Bright white will make a living room, kitchen, or bedroom feel more spacious and bright, as light reflects off of the bright walls. Choose a warm white to make space feel even more inviting and cozy.

bright white wall color for bigger space

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7. Add Sheer Drapes

Drapery is a great way to add interest, layers, and textures to a room. But a small room can seem weighed down by dark or heavy curtains. Instead, opt for sheer drapes that allow the light to shine through and create an airy flow for even the smallest room.

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8. Buy Multi-Functional Furniture

When you’re short on space, it’s best to make every piece work in multiple ways. Choose furniture that can act as storage or serve other useful purposes. For example, you might select a sleeper sofa that has a bed inside, a coffee table or ottoman that has storage space, or a dining table that can fold into the wall when it’s not in use.

Burak Kocak's Herb multifunctional sofa

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9. Add Layers of Light

One overhead light will feel harsh and uninviting in a small room. Make the space work for any time of day by adding many layers of lighting options. Think about how you’ll use the space, and choose lights to fit accordingly. You may want to start with a floor lamp, an end table lamp, and a reading lamp.  As a rule of thumb, every room can benefit from five different layers of light.

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10. Create Flow Between Rooms

When you’re working with a small space, you can create the illusion of a larger home by opening up the floor plan. But if you’re not up for a big renovation, there are a few ways you can still enhance the floor between rooms. Stick with similar color palettes to create a seamless transition from one room to the next, and use sliding barn doors to make a statement and allow for the rooms to be more open, while still allowing for privacy as needed.

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Get More Ideas for Small-Space Decorating

Following these 10 tips will open up even the smallest space to make it more functional and give the illusion of more space. For more ideas on how to decorate your home, check out Artisan Hardware’s blog. Our interior sliding barn doors are the perfect focal point for any room. Explore all of our sliding barn doors today.