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Small room decorOften, when we buy a new home, we end up with one or two rooms that aren’t quite as expansive as we’d like them to be. However, the truth is that the space of a home has a lot more to do with the way that it feels than the sheer square footage. There are so many ways to open up a space and make it feel larger. So, whether you’re working with a small guest bedroom, a minimal bathroom, or a diminutive living room, here are some ways to make it look much larger:

Light, Monochromatic Colors

One of the biggest things that you can do to give the illusion of space in a room is to lighten up the colors. Choose a light-colored carpet or floor, paint the walls a bright, but neutral color, and incorporate light, breezy fabrics into your design.

You can also open up a room by choosing a monochromatic color scheme instead of a complimentary one. Instead of choosing two or three colors evenly spaced across the color spectrum, choose different shades of one color, or even two colors that are adjacent to each other on the spectrum. A room in light yellows and greens can feel open and inviting.

Draw the Eyes Upwards

Doing tricks to draw visual attention upwards can give the impression of expansive space overhead. You can use this to your advantage by putting shelving high up on the ceiling (which can also be a great way to clear the clutter from the ground and eye level in the room.) You might also opt on utilizing the ceiling itself. Add a bold color or an interesting pattern to the ceiling.

Clear the Clutter with Hidden Storage

Clutter is the enemy of any room, but that’s especially true in a small one. Even necessary items on the bathroom counter can work against you in a small room. Instead, utilize clever storage methods. For example, storage ottomans in the living room, tables with drawers to keep tabletops clear, and hanging storage options can all give you more clear spaces to make the room feel wide open.

Go for a Few Large Items

It can be tempting in a small room to buy items that reflect that size. However, this is the last thing that you should do. Miniaturizing everything in the room will just contribute to the feeling of clutter. Instead, choose large items for your decor. One well-known rule is to avoid any decor smaller than a cantaloupe. A large statement piece of art is much better than a gallery wall or paneled decor.

Glass, Lucite, Windows, and Mirrors

This is a well-known trick for a reason. Oversized mirrors, undressed windows, and clear furnishings can all open up the view. Avoid curtains, and replace that opaque shower curtain or door with a see-through option in order to open the room.