Here's How to Make Your Space Look Bigger (and Trick People Into Thinking It Actually Is)
New York City dwellers like me will look up every possible hack to make our apartments look bigger. If you rent a small place in a big city, then you know having a lot of space is the ultimate luxury. That's why I've been researching ways to maximize my loft, and make it look open and clutter-free.
To make your space seem bigger, experts recommend selecting pieces, surfaces and materials that reflect light and increase the airiness in the different rooms. For example, sheer and neutral curtains will softly diffuse the light without feeling heavy. Mirrors will enhance your interior style while giving the impression of more space, and clear pieces of furniture will optimize the view beyond them. Read on for more tips (and the pieces you'll need) to trick people into thinking your place is huge.
Try Out Clear, Glass, or Lucite Furniture
Your room will look bigger with pieces you can see through because they can open up the view that lays beyond them.
This Safavieh Atka Coffee Table ($182, originally $514) will make a dramatic difference in your space, packing both practicality and a clear quality that'll trick the eyes into perceiving more space.
Hang a Mirror (or 2) on the Wall
Mirrors reflect light, so they're a great way of making your living room or bedroom feel more open. Don't be afraid to experiment with different shapes.
This Metal Framed Arched Wall Mirror ($299) will trick the eye into seeing more space.
Edgewood Store Asymmetrical Accent Wall Mounted Mirror
I love the quirky shape of this Edgewood Store Asymmetrical Accent Wall Mounted Mirror ($60). Why not have fun with your mirrors?
Keep Your Floors Bare or Go For Minimal Rugs
While some people choose to ditch rugs completely to give the appearance of a bigger space, you can achieve the same effect by going for minimal and neutral rugs that can trick the eye.
This Textured Braided Off White Rug ($113, originally $246) is a great place to start.
Keep the Clutter Hidden
Space organizers that double as good-looking decor are the stylish answer to clearing out the clutter. Figure out ways to keep them out of view, behind doors, under your bed, or in discreet corners.
This Large Curved Basket with Handles ($56) will add texture to your space while keeping all your throw blankets in order.
Open Up Your Windows (or Curtains)
Let the light in and add a sense of airiness with some sheer curtains. Go for lightweight, breezy fabrics that will softly diffuse the light.
This Devon Rod Pocket/Back Tab Sheer Window Curtain Panel ($20-$25) will instantly make your room feel lighter.
Madison Park Irina Rod Pocket Sheer Window Curtain Panel
If you like a more textured option, check out this Madison Park Irina Rod Pocket Sheer Window Curtain Panel ($20-$24).
No.918 Emily Voile Rod Pocket Sheer Tab Top Window Curtain Panel
This No.918 Emily Voile Rod Pocket Sheer Tab Top Window Curtain Panel ($8-$10) will be a minimal addition to your bedroom.
Kesslyr Dean Henri Block Print Linen Throw
I'm drawn to the shapes on this Kesslyr Dean Henri Block Print Linen Throw ($125).