Strategically place mirrors to create the illusion of more space.
Placing a mirror across from a window is the best way to reflect light and make the room feel larger. Another trick is to place a large window behind a chest or end table for a glamorous look that makes it look like a whole other space is tucked behind it.
Furniture with exposed legs is key.
Instead of a sofa with a skirt, bigger pieces with exposed legs are perfect for a small space.
To create unity, use different shades of the same color.
For the wall, rug and furniture using different shades of the same color creates a visual coherence that makes the space feel open. If you’re not in the market for new furniture, adding a throw or pillows or accessories in the same shade can give you the same effect.
Ditch the overhead lights.
Harsh top-down lighting pools all the light in one space. Instead, use a few smaller lamps to spread the light around and draw the eye around the room.
Leave your windows uncovered to give a room more depth.
More light gives a space depth. If you’re worried about privacy, roman shades or blinds instead of curtains look a lot less crowded.
Follow the cantaloupe rule.
Decorative accents smaller than a cantaloupe tend to crowd a room. Instead, go for fewer decorations that are are bigger.
Use light colors on the walls and the floor.
While darker colours can make a room seem cozy, they also absorb light instead of reflecting it, making the space feel smaller. Opt for lighter colored flooring as well as wall colors to make the room feel airy.