Do you need more space in your home? (Is there any home that doesn’t?) Every homeowner wants more of it, and the most common approach is extending the home. However, not everyone can afford such huge and complex project.

We all need space - who doesn't?
We all need space – who doesn’t?

The good news is that there are ways to make a room spacious without having to literally extend it. This infographic shows ten simple tricks that create an illusion of space.

The magical multiplying effect mirrors have on room size
The magical multiplying effect mirrors have on room size

Mirrors truly are magical! They not only reflect light, thereby brightening a room (bright rooms always look larger), they also fool our brain into seeing the reflected image as real.

A well-lit room appears bigger than it actually is
A well-lit room appears bigger than it actually is

Nobody wants to stay in dark, musty rooms. They feel cramped, suffocating, and constricting. On the other hand, rooms that receive plenty of light are more comfortable to stay in. This is because brighter spaces look – and feel – larger than they really are.

Raising furniture off the floor enhances the feeling of space
Raising furniture off the floor enhances the feeling of space

Instead of using furniture pieces with skirts or having boxy pieces, expose their legs. Raise them up off the floor. Even just a few inches in between can make a whole lot of difference. This makes the room look more open, allowing light to circulate underneath.

Clutter does nothing but take up space.
Clutter does nothing but take up space.

If you live in a small space, here’s a wise tip: de-clutter relentlessly. If there’s something which you haven’t used in a year, get rid of it. Clutter does nothing but take up precious space, making a room feel cramped and small.

As with anything else, careful planning is key
As with anything else, careful planning is key

For small areas, every inch of space counts. It’s wise to carefully plan out which furniture goes where. This is to maximize all available spaces. Avoid placing furniture in places that may block a pathway. Leaving the center area open will give your room a sense of light and space.

Floor-to-ceiling bookcases create an illusion of added vertical space
Floor-to-ceiling bookcases create an illusion of added vertical space

Having wall-to-wall or floor-to-ceiling bookcases is a smart idea. This tricks the mind, creating an illusion of added vertical space, expanding the room’s height. Plus, you can also use it for added storage.

Having too much of anything is bad
Having too much of anything is bad

When choosing fabrics, rugs, and wallpaper, simplicity is key. Go for those with small prints or plain, neutral colors. Unified colors will create a visually cohesive space that’ll open up the room. Big, bold prints will only look like clutter.

Light, neutral palettes reflect light which makes the room larger
Light, neutral palettes reflect light which makes the room larger

Dark colors may seem warm and cozy but they don’t always work for small rooms. Dark colors absorb light which makes the space feel smaller. On one hand, color palettes that are light and neutral will make the room look larger.

When it comes to furniture, one size doesn't fit all
When it comes to furniture, one size doesn’t fit all

A small furniture in a small space is the way to go. It allows you to save much-needed space. Furniture pieces that can be stacked or folded are your friends. Just simply store them away when they’re not in use.

Multi-functional furniture shows us less is more.
Multi-functional furniture shows us less is more.

Opt for multi-functional furniture. Ottomans, for example, can be used as extra seating and a coffee table. This will let you avoid buying an extra chair and a separate coffee table. The less furniture you have, the less cluttered your room will be.

Original source: http://www.anglianhome.co.uk/goodtobehome/room-inspiration/how-to-make-a-room-look-bigger-infographic

Where in your home can you use these tricks to create an illusion of space?

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