How to Make a Room Look Bigger

notonthehighstreet wicker mirror in pink room

Living in London most-often-than-not means compromising on living space. Most of us aren’t lucky enough to have mansions with large rooms and tall ceilings so I’ve put together 6 ideas to make any room look bigger…

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Mirror* & Wicker Hanging Heart* Notonthehighstreet

Natural Light

It’s really important to have as much natural light in a room as possible. Not only will it obviously be lighter but you’ll be able to see the room more. It will appear naturally larger rather than oppressive in constant darkness.

Reflective Accessories

As natural light is really important to have to create the space look larger, you can add reflective accessories to encourage the light to bounce into every corner of the room and illuminate it. That’s why I’m a big fan of trendy copper accessories. Lovely mirrors too will help that natural light travel throughout the deepest parts of the room, plus it’ll add depth creating the illusion of even more space!

Lighten your Colour Scheme

If you have a dark room with deep coloured walls it’s worth thinking about painting it a more neutral or light colour. If you’re not a fan of white then take a look at soft fawn browns, grey hues and even pale pastel shades. Remember that day in school in art class when your teacher taught you about primary colours? Well the first thing that stuck in my head was that lighter colours reflect light whilst the dark colours absorb it – that’s why lighter colour schemes can help open up a small room.

Be Clever with Patterns

Did you know that stripes – length-ways – makes room look longer? And vertical stripes make it look taller? Have a look at different patterns that will cleverly enhance your space. A striped rug for example might do exactly that in your living room, adding a contemporary look as well as the illusion of elongation.

Similarly, a smaller design that’s repeated will make the look larger than it is. So I definitely recommend that you play with this idea using blinds, curtains or even wallpaper, via a feature wall perhaps?


Although it’s not as easy as  it sounds… it’s always a good idea to get rid of things that you’ve not used for years. It gives you back your space, especially if you can resell or give away large pieces of disused furniture.

Storage Solutions

I’m a massive fan of boxes, cupboards and other storage spaces! Try a shoe chest to put away all of that footwear as you come through the front door or put away all of your clothes in a built in wardrobe. You can even clear away hallways by using closets in a clever way.

I hope the above are helpful when it comes to making your room look bigger. Would you recommend anything in particular?

Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.

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