Interior design tips: Creating an Illusion of a Bigger Space


A lot of students live with tiny space, littered with personal stuff and educational supplies, wishing for a normal apartment or at least for a bigger room. But if it is not possible, or there is no such opportunity in the nearest future, there is still a hope. Here are some tips on how to make your room bigger, without fully remaking it.

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Multifunctional furniture

Buy such things as ottomans, which can be used as a coffee table, an extra seating or even as a place to keep your personal belongings, if you will choose the one, which comes with a storage inside. Any multi-purpose item is a good investment in a small space.


Keep your room clean and tidy and de-clutter from time to time. Get rid of the stuff you don’t use anymore or wouldn’t buy it now.

Colour code

Colour code everything. Books, clothes or anything else that is visible in your room, this way instead of making a potential clutter, you will make them look organized and will showcase your personality.


The quickest way to appear room look larger is to use mirrors, preferably large ones. Not only they reflect light, but a cleverly placed mirror can bring more depth or height to the room. Placing a mirror near the window can make it look like there is another window in the room and will create a more spacious or wader look. Or by placing it behind chest or end table, you can make it seem like there is a whole other space behind it.

Use of natural light

Natural light makes the room seem light and specious. There more light is in the room – the bigger and wider it seems. Leave your windows uncovered, or if you feel like there is not enough privacy, use roman shades or blinds. Curtains only add “stuff”. Keep it minimal, keep it simple.

However, if you really want them in your room, choose light coloured ones and mountain them above the window. And don’t let them hit the floor. Leave your curtains or drapes a few inches below, and use a bar that extends far beyond the window frame, so if needed you can fully expose the window. As well as with mirrors, open windows add more depth in the room and make it appear larger.


Don’t overload your shelves, don’t keep unused stuff in sight, don’t overload your room with colours. Keep it light, bright and airy.

Create unity, by using different shades of the same colour. When buying sheets, stay away from loud colours and overloaded patterns. Don’t add unnecessary decorations and details. Following this tips, you will not only make it more visually appealing, but will also make your small room look bigger.


Wall-to-wall or floor-to-ceiling bookcases will trick the eye to see the ceiling higher or walls wider. And it also adds more place for the storage. Just don’t forget that they should be organized and colour-coded if possible. It’s a great way to keep the things together and in place, but it’s extremely easy to mess up by cluttering everything on those shelves.

Furniture with legs

Furniture which is raised on legs, creates a sense of light and space. By creating a look of openness and movement, you will create and illusion of larger space. But this trick will only work if the area under the furniture will be kept clean and organized.

Transparent furniture

By placing a glass table top instead of your wooden desk, or pairing your work space with acrylic chair, you will make your room appear not as crowded as it would be with a regular furniture. Lucite items are now totally trendy and while providing a needed function, they don’t take too much visual space.


Ditch the overhead fixtures, that pools all the light in one space. Instead use several lightning elements to draw the eye around the room. The best, easy way is to place lamps on your bedside tables.

Be dramatic

There is a wrong common opinion, that a small furniture in a small room is the way to go, but a few bigger pieces will fool the eye to perceive a space as a more expansive. Instead of a gallery wall, choose large and bold art pieces. It will create a focal point in the room and will add some structure and depth.

Another way of dramatism in the interior design is to pop your ceilings. Dark ceiling creates depth and draws your attention upward creating an illusion of height. To make it even more interesting, you can mimic the night sky with stars, or even a milky way.


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