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Steal our secrets: how to make your space look bigger

01 April 2017
Feeling cramped at home? A few basic decorating tricks for small spaces might be all you need for making yours look a lot bigger. We’ve rounded up our interior designers’ best tips below.
A square white room painted with vertical green stripes.
A tall, skinny green bookcase that shows how to work with vertical lines in small spaces.

One of our easiest decorating tricks for small spaces is to ditch the dark - light colours give an impression of spaciousness.

EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS. We painted that same square room with horizontal stripes to show how thinking horizontally can make your space feel wider than it really is.

A square white room painted with horizontal green stripes.
A long media solution that shows how to work with horizontal lines in small spaces.

One of our easiest decorating tricks for small spaces is to ditch the dark - light colours give an impression of spaciousness.

A sofa that stands out can make a space look even smaller.

Coordinating your wall colour with your large furniture (think same colour, different tones) can help those essential large items like sofas and wardrobes blend in. In this space, we went all white. But any soft, light colour would work just fine.
Curtains hanging from floor to ceiling and wall to wall in front of a small window.

Hang curtains to frame the window you’d like to have

Our last decorating trick for small spaces? Don’t be afraid to cheat a little bit. Hang your curtains high and wide to create the illusion of a large window. And stick to light, airy curtains to let in lots of natural light.