7 Tips to Make Small Spaces Feel Larger

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Designing an interior is all about showing your personality while finding a perfect balance between imaginative and functional. And when it comes to small spaces, the more creativity you have the better.

We went into our little book of tips and tricks to source seven ways to optimize even the smallest interior spaces. From drawing eyes up to creating an indoor-outdoor illusion, here are the seven design tips to make small spaces feel larger:

1: Keep it Light
Dark colors and bulky furniture can often make a space feel smaller. So instead, opt for smaller furniture (even forgo a traditional coffee table), light upholstery and utilize color as a focal point on one wall like the cozy den below.

Make Small Spaces Feel Larger # CaesarstoneUS(Photo via HGTV)

Make Small Spaces Feel Larger # CaesarstoneUS(Photo via Apartment Therapy)

2: Extend Rooms Outside
Another trick to open a space and allow light to pour in is to let your interior spill into a coordinated outdoor area. This design creates the illusion of a much bigger space with coordinated deck and wood floors “connecting” through glass shower doors.

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3: Separate Without Walls
In studios and multi-purpose rooms, the biggest challenge is separating the space without making a small space feel smaller or confining. Instead of a wall or shelf, consider using a sheer curtain, string from floor to ceiling, salvaged windows, or open shelving—anything to distinguish each area without closing them off.

Make Small Spaces Feel Larger # CaesarstoneUS(Photo via HGTV)

Make Small Spaces Feel Larger # CaesarstoneUS(Photo via Buzzfeed)

Make Small Spaces Feel Larger # CaesarstoneUS

4. Build Your Own Built In
Everyone loves a good built in, but they aren’t nearly as common in new builds. And because no space should go wasted in small areas, think of nooks and crannies as a place to add a pop of personality: Get creative and add a unique element with custom built ins. This clever use of extra space creates a sleek and cozy area between two small closets, while showing your personality.

Make Small Spaces Feel Larger # CaesarstoneUS(Photo via HGTV)

Make Small Spaces Feel Larger # CaesarstoneUS(Photo via HGTV)

5: Draw Eyes Up
If your small space also has extra-high ceilings, drawing eyes up the wall will always make for a much larger feel. Try floor-to-ceiling curtains, skyscraping shelves or towering artwork.

Make Small Spaces Feel Larger # CaesarstoneUS(Photo via House Beautiful)

Make Small Spaces Feel Larger # CaesarstoneUS(Photo via HGTV)

6: Think: Multi-Purpose
With small spaces you need to get creative with how you’ll use the area. Try to look for multiple uses in everything you buy and every room you create. This example below turns a banquette into a guest bed.

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7. Organize and Keeping it Clean
Clutter is cancer of great designs, and can hinder interiors big and small. But in small spaces, a little organization goes a long way.

Make Small Spaces Feel Larger # CaesarstoneUS

Make Small Spaces Feel Larger # CaesarstoneUS

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