5 Examples of Bigger Being Better (In Small Spaces)

5 Examples of Bigger Being Better (In Small Spaces)

Sarah Rae Smith
Apr 13, 2011

Bigger is better for many circumstances in life. Take umbrellas for example or how about bank accounts or a theoretical big heart? When it comes to small spaces it's easy to scale back on size, but we're here to reassure you that these 5 things are always better bigger when it comes to home decor!

1. Rugs
Never do you hear someone say, "Sally, your rug is just too big for this room." Do you know why? Because bigger is always better when it comes to floor coverings. Pieces that are too small can make the space feel even more tiny. When in doubt, order the next size up — you won't regret it. Don't forget, round rugs are a small space's best friend!

2. Lighting
Small spaces are made to feel bigger with light. Natural light is our first love, but we'll make do with artificial when we have to. Use lots of it and don't forget to use big pendants, shades and lamp bases to maximize the look. Check out these posts for more lighting ideas:

3. Artwork
There isn't any size space that looks bad with large artwork, but in a small space, having one main focal piece can be a great way to draw your attention to the furthest point away, thus making the space look larger. Check out our mega-gallery of small spaces that play host to extra large artwork!

4. Accessories
It's not that large accessories hold an extra special place in our hearts, but it's really easy in a small space to only pick up small pieces (usually with intentions to make cute vignettes) and everything suddenly feels miniature. Small is fine, just make sure you have some larger pieces to balance them out. Remember when all else fails, mirrors are a great piece to super-size, still allowing you to buy that 3" dog statue from your local flea market!

5. Storage Space
Storage is greatly coveted in small space living and one of the easiest ways to get the most out of your floor plan is to take things all the way to the ceiling. Build your own bookcase and make it 9 feet tall. Fill it with books, baskets of clothes — anything you have — but make a statement with it. Not only will it look great, but it will clear up other parts of your home that might feel weighed down by additional material in them. Check out a few great links on just this sort of idea:

What do you think looks better bigger in small spaces? Share your ideas below!

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