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6 Ways to Make Small Spaces Feel Bigger

Have a small space that you’d like to open up a bit? It’s all about tricking the eye to make small spaces feel bigger. Here are 5 ways modern furniture can make a small room feel bigger:

Remain Neutral

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Luna Sofa from TrueModern

While patterns are fun, they can quickly drag down a small space. Opt for solid colors for larger pieces of furniture like your sofa and area rug, and limit your patterns to accent pieces like throw pillows or a side chair.

Get a Large Area Rug

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Vegetal Rug from Nanimarquina

Laying down a large area rug will help draw the eye outward towards the edges, tricking your eyes into thinking that the room is larger than it really is!

Make It Clear

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Bridge Coffee Table from Sovet Italia

Help a small room feel light and airy by using clear tables. Glass and acrylic are great for doing this, since you can see right through them they don’t visually weigh down a space.

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

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1005 Wall Mirror from Surya

Mirrors are a great and easy way to magically open up a space and give a small room more depth. Position them so that they catch the natural light and reflect it back into the room.

Backless is Better

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Taper Oak Bench from Saloom Furniture

Adding in a backless bench or even a floor pouf instead of an oversized lounge chair will help keep the room looking open and uncluttered. Seating like this will keep your eye going, helping to make a smaller space appear longer and larger than life.

Let There Be Light

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Mani Mesa Table Lamp from Bover

Keeping a small room in the dark will only make it seem smaller. Use strategically placed lighting in at least three corners of the room to bring in much needed light.

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Rachel Kemp

Rachel Kemp

Rachel is one of the Merchandise Managers for YLiving with a long career in merchandising and is thrilled to finally be working through a channel that supports her passion for modern design. As a mother of two toddlers, she is practical, design driven in her decisions with furnishing her home and tempted daily with the endless options of home upgrades.

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