If you have a small room, you may feel that the walls are caving in on you.
Your room may make you feel claustrophobic and generally unhappy.
The good news is that there are ways to make your small room feel bigger than the small size that it actually is.
Clutter makes even the largest rooms feel smaller.
Remove all clutter, smaller items, and junk that seems to always get in your way.
Purge as much stuff as you can.
Organize all of your things.
Box away items that clutter your desk, floor, tables, and other horizontal surfaces.
Keep Surfaces Clear
Keep the horizontal surfaces in your small room clear to make it feel bigger.
Do not use unnecessary accessories that get in the way.
Use items that serve a dual purpose in your small space.
You can have a day bed that is used as a sofa during the day and a bed at night.
You can have an ottoman that has a hidden storage compartment.
Fewer Bigger Items
Use fewer bigger items instead of many smaller items in your small room.
Use one big piece of art instead of a collection of smaller pieces.
Use one large vase instead of several smaller vases.
Using one larger item will add more drama and reduce the amount of cluttered looking items in your room to help it feel bigger.
Smaller Scale Furniture
Furniture seems to have grown over the past decade to accommodate larger homes.
If you have a smaller home, search for smaller sized furniture pieces (which may be a bit hard to find).
Select a sofa with thinner arms and tight cushions.
Opt for a smaller bed without a foot board instead of a king four poster bed.
Look at smaller scaled vintage pieces of furniture that could be refinished or reupholstered to suit your style.
Furniture Should Show Its Legs
Select a sofa, chair, and ottoman with legs instead of a skirt to make the floor space seem larger.
Your bed should also show its legs, so don't use a dust ruffle on a bed (unless you are using underneath your bed for storage).
Glass or Lucite
If possible, select glass or Lucite furniture to make your small room feel bigger.
You can have a glass or Lucite coffee table, end tables, or chairs.
Mirrors trick the eye into thinking that the room extends beyond the walls.
Mirrors also bounce around light, so they are great placed on walls opposite windows.
Lighter colors make a room feel more open, bright, and bigger.
If you like dark colors, consider using them on small accent pieces instead of a larger piece such as wall paint, a rug, bedding, or a sofa.
Don't forget about using wall and ceiling space.
You can have a thin bookcase go from floor to ceiling to accommodate many things that would otherwise be in the way.
You can have a wall mounted bedside table lamp instead of one taking up space on your night stand.
You can even vault your ceiling or create a tray to increase the volume of your small room.
Inside Your Walls
The space inside your walls offers a great opportunity for storage.
Instead of a small medicine cabinet, use a very large custom one.
You can also recess shelves into your walls to make your room feel bigger.