How to make a small room look bigger

If you want to sell your house quickly, you’ll want your property to be looking its best.

With over 120 million visits to Rightmove each month, online photographs are crucial for a successful sale.

You want your home to look light, bright and spacious, but we don’t all live in huge houses.

Sometimes we can all use a bit of extra help.  We’re going to show you how to make a small room look bigger and maximise your property’s potential.

If you want to know how to make a small room look bigger, decorating in light colours is a great place to start.  It will give the illusion of more light, and therefore make the space feel larger.

Choose your furniture wisely.  Smaller furniture will make the space feel larger, especially in marketing photographs.  Select a smaller dining room table or remove any optional extendable sections of table.

When it comes to sofas, don’t just think about the width of your furniture, depth also plays a significant role in how large or small your room feels.  Furniture raised up on legs also gives an illusion of additional space.

Don’t clutter.  Clutter is the worst culprit when it comes to making rooms feel smaller than they are.  Before you place your property on the market, take a photograph of each room.  This gives you an opportunity to view each room with fresh eyes and identify anything that make the room look small or overcrowded.

Use mirrors to give the illusion of additional space.  When considering how to make a small room look bigger, larger mirrors work wonders, creating a ‘seamless’ view.

Don’t fill up every wall space and shelf in the room.  Consciously leaving some ‘empty’ space will give the illusion that there’s room to spare.  The result is that the room will feel light and airy.

Use the melon rule when accessorising.  Home style expert Sabrina Soto suggests that any decorative item smaller than a melon ‘crowds’ a room.  To maximise the look of space, choose a few carefully selected accessories rather than lots of little pieces.

Choose your window coverings carefully – blinds will make the room feel more ‘open’ than thick curtains.

Make the most of natural and artificial light.  Make sure windows are clean and smudge-free, curtains and blinds are clean and not over-bearing and lighting features complement the space.  Good lighting makes the difference between a  bright, airy room and a dark and dingy one.

Keep your floors clear.  When it comes to photography it’s a good idea to keep your floors as clear as possible.  Remove any ‘busy’ looking rugs and don’t be afraid to move furniture round in order to create a larger area of cleared flooring.  A large are of plain flooring will always make a room feel larger.

Get your photography right – right angle, right lighting, right staging.  This before and after photograph of the same room shows the difference these three elements can make when it comes to selling you home.

before and after

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what size a room is, what you need to demonstrate is how ‘useable’ the space is.  With good planning, good organisation, good lighting and a bit of a declutter, you can maximise your home’s potential and secure a quick house sale.


This content was written by Quick Move Now
Published on 19th September 2016
Last updated on 9th August 2018

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