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5 easy ways to make your home look bigger

Posted on 17 March 2016

If you’ve just moved into a new property, you might find your furniture doesn’t fit into your new space quite as well as your old one. After you’ve gone about sorting your council tax and switching your energy supplier, you can turn your attention to tackling your home’s cosmetics.

Aside from adding an extension or knocking through into next door’s flat, there are a few decorating tricks you can use to make your home feel a lot bigger. So, whether you’re simply fed up of your home feeling a bit pokey or you’re agonising over what colours to paint your walls, here are five quick tips for turning your home into a Tardis.

1. Paint your walls and ceilings light colours

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One of the easiest ways to make a room look bigger is to decorate it in light, neutral colours. White and light coloured walls help light bounce around the room, giving the impression of a bright, airy space.

Not a fan of the neutral colour pallet? Bright coloured cushions are a great way to throw in a splash of colour without overpowering a small space.

2. Opt for skinny legged furniture

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Another simple trick for creating the illusion of space is to choose furniture with a bit of leg on show. Drawing the eye both above and below the furniture, the skinny legs give the impression that there is more room than there really is.

3. Declutter your living spaces

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Decluttering your living room doesn’t mean you have to adopt the minimalist look, but keeping surfaces and walls free from too many ornaments and pictures will conjure up the idea that the room is bigger. Covering every surface in an assortment of trinkets usually feels overpowering, so reducing your belongings to a few well-placed items can work wonders.

4. Keep furniture low and long

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Choosing low and long pieces of furniture tricks the eye into thinking a room’s ceilings are higher, and also creates the impression of an elongated space. Scandinavian style sofas and tables are great for this effect, and they also tend to have skinny legs!

5. Strategically place mirrors

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One of the oldest tricks in the book, strategically placing mirrors around your home will make the rooms in your house look much larger. Both reflecting light and tricking you into thinking your room extends back further than it really does, mirrors are another easy way to cheat on space.

Have you got any great decorating tricks for making a room look bigger? Share them with us via our Twitter!

Need to declutter? Check out our 12 clever storage tricks for small living spaces

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