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Go from light to dark

While dark colours can create a cosy feel, they absorb the light instead of reflecting it, making rooms feel smaller. Give walls and ceilings a coat of light, bright paint for an airy feel and the illusion of a bigger space.

Use mirrors strategically

Mirrors can instantly make a room feel larger, but placement is key. Hanging a mirror opposite a window or behind a light fitting is the best way to reflect light, which creates the illusion of a bigger space, while adding a touch of elegance.

Alternatively, place a large mirror behind a chest or end table for a glamourous trompe-l’oeil that gives the impression of a hidden room tucked away.


Clutter can take up valuable space. If you haven’t used something in a year, get rid to free up your services for a clean, open look.

Invest in multifunctional furniture

To make the most of your square footage consolidate your pieces of furniture and pick multitasking items. Choose pieces that offer maximum functionality with minimum square footage. Think ottomans that double as additional seating, or bookshelves with in-built workspaces.

Incorporate artwork

Just because a room is small doesn’t mean it can’t make an impression! Pieces of artwork on the wall can add drama to a room. By drawing attention, they create the look and feel of a grander, larger space.

Extend outside

If inside is a little cramped, invest in outdoor furniture or consider adding a porch for extra living space whatever the weather!