How To Make Your Small Space Feel Bigger

Real photo of a grey sofa standing next to a bed in monochromatic, spacious room interior with lamps, posters, rug and plant

There’s no reason why you should feel cramped in your apartment — even if it’s  a small space. With a few simple tips and tricks from Panoramic Properties, you can make your small apartment feel more open and much larger than it actually is.

Hang Shelves High

The next time you decide to put up some shelves, consider hanging them really high. This will give the illusion that your ceilings are higher than they are. It may not be the most convenient storage, but you can always use the shelves for books, decor or items that you don’t use on a daily basis.

Use Vertical Stripes

It’s no wonder they say vertical stripes on clothing make a person appear slimmer and taller. It actually works. The same trick can be applied to home furniture and décor. A simple way to give the illusion of a long room is to incorporate a striped rug that runs along the longest wall of a room. You can do the same with a piece of artwork, where the stripes run from floor to ceiling. This simple trick will fool the eye into thinking your ceilings are higher than they really are.

Use Furniture with exposed legs

When it comes to buying furniture, couches and chairs with exposed legs work best for small spaces. If the furniture has a skirt, the whole thing tends to look big and bulky — which is what you want to avoid. You can even get away with big items in a small space, as long as the legs are exposed.


To make a room feel brighter and bigger, add a few mirrors to your apartment. The key is to place a mirror near a window where the natural light can be reflected both during the day and night. You could also try hanging a mirror that faces a hallway, which will also help create the illusion of a larger space.

When it comes to making a small space feel bigger, it’s all about optical illusions. We hope these tips and tricks from Panoramic Properties help you create a room that feels larger than it is. 

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