5 Tricks To Make a Small Space Seem Bigger

5 Tricks To Make a Small Space Seem Bigger

Beth Zeigler
Aug 19, 2008

081908small-01.jpgWe love finding easy solutions for small spaces. With a little help from the new issue of Domino Magazine and its decoration editor Tori Mellott, we learn how to make 450 square feet of space seem roomy...

  • Incorporate Specific Zones You can do this by using bold paint in the entryway and a neutral print in the adjoining space. Contrasting spaces will make the area seem bigger because it's not just one zone but three to four zones.
  • Use Repeated Motifs In the article, Tori uses chartreuse toile in the hallway and the kitchen. She notes "You'd think the trippy print would be overwhelming but I've found that a repeated motif gives the teeniest nook an aura of grandeur."
  • Light Colors on the Floor Whether you end up painting the hardwood floors white or just use white carpeting or rugs throughout, sunlight tends to bounce off the flooring producing a bright, airy effect.
  • Incorporate Stripes, Drapes or Artwork from Floor to Ceiling In this apartment, she uses wallpaper to emphasize the high ceilings. The artwork above the couch is also displayed to the edge of the ceiling. This trick takes the viewers glance upward which makes any space seem bigger. Drapes hung at the edge of the ceiling and ending at the floor will also produce the same effect.
  • Mix in One or Two Oversized Pieces of Furniture Tori states, "It's counterintuitive, but having one or two oversize pieces can fool the eye by making the rest of the furniture seem smaller." She also says that guests "Comment on the 25"-wide lamp because it's such a surprise." If your friends are noticing what's oversized or surprising they are less likely to focus on the size of the space.
What tricks do you incorporate in your small space?

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