How to Make a Small Space Appear Bigger Through Design

With a few simple design tricks, even the smallest apartment can seem surprisingly spacious. Budget Blinds knows how tough it is to make a small room appear larger.  From bedrooms that barely fit a bed, to living rooms that need to accommodate a dining table, fitting everything into a small space can be difficult. We have created a quick list for you to use when decorating a small space. From changing the color on the walls to using particular furniture pieces or selecting specific window treatments, Budget Blinds is here to help!


Stick to neutral and soft colors on the walls and furniture to keep your small space light and airy! Avoid contrasting colors that help define the area of a room. Consider using different shades of the same color to make the room have a seamless flow.


The same idea goes for window treatments. When adding draperies to a room, make sure they are the same color as your walls. Sticking to the same color will make your space look bigger. Better yet, consider sheer draperies to add a lightness to the room.


Is there such a thing as too many mirrors? This is a well-known trick and for good reason. By adding mirrors to a small room, the reflection will make the room appear bigger than it actually is and create a more open feel.

Striped Rug

When it comes to flooring, a horizontally striped rug can help create the illusion that a room is longer and wider.

Floor-to-Ceiling Bookcase

Consider adding floor-to-ceiling or wall-to-wall bookcases. This trick will make your ceilings appear higher than they are and is a great way to add storage to your small space!

Furniture with Legs

Furniture that doesn’t touch the floor will make the room feel airy and open as light filters underneath. Choose furniture that shows the legs of armchairs and couches. You may also want to consider see-through furniture like glass tables. This is a great way to make it seem like there is more space than there is in a room.

Multi-purpose Furniture

With small spaces, efficiency is key! Look into furniture that can serve multiple purposes, like using an ottoman also as a coffee table or as storage.


Clutter is your worst enemy in a small space. If you haven’t used something in a year or wouldn’t buy it now, maybe it’s time to get rid of it. Organize and display items that are absolutely necessary. A trick for choosing knick-knacks for a small bedroom or living room: Color coordinate them to flow well with your furniture and wall colors.

Light Fixtures

Even though overhead fixtures are great, they draw the eye to one spot. Consider adding several light elements around the room to trick the eye into thinking space is bigger.

Window Treatments

Are you still wondering how to make a room look bigger? Consider leaving the areas around the windows bare. Use simple pull-down sheer shades or roller shades for privacy.

We hope that you find these tips helpful in your home. And remember that Budget Blinds offers a fantastic selection of window treatments for you to choose from, including beautiful, light draperies or fabric shades!

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