5 Magically Simple Ways to Make a Room Look Bigger


Ta Da! It’s Magic!


Have a room in your home that is looking a bit too cramped? Try out one of these affordable fixes.

High + Wide = Curtain Magic

Hanging curtains higher than the window frame and keeping them wide open will make a room seem more spacious and will also allow more natural light to fill the room. This is especially important if you have low ceilings.

image via homestoriesatoz.com

Here is a perfect execution of the “High and Wide” concept in a Laguna Beach Home currently listed by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. 

Laguna Beach mansion

Shiny Surfaces Are Your Friend

According to our friends at Apartment Therapy, shiny surfaces are a great way to make a room look larger. This holds especially true for a kitchen. Like a reflective mirror, stainless steel appliances, glossy floors, satin paint, glass tiles, and sleek cabinets can create an illusion that causes a room to appear bigger.

You can see an example of this from the stainless steel refrigerator in this Corvallis, OR home currently listed with Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers.

Sometimes a Negative is a Positive

When you are furnishing a small space it is important to ensure you have an appropriate balance of negative and positive space. One way you can make a room look larger is by choosing furniture that is see through like a glass table or chairs that have open backs.

The living room table in this Charleston, SC home is a great example of this concept.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Using a mirror to make a room seem bigger is the oldest trick in the book for a reason! Hint: The best way to maximize a mirror’s magic is to position it across from a window to take advantage of the power of natural light.

See the magic in action in this dining room? See more of this $17 million home currently listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

Be Picky About Paint Colors

It’s no secret…using the color white is the best way to make a room look more spacious. If an all white room just isn’t your thing then sticking to other light colors like neutral tans or soft pinks, yellows, greens and blues are your next best bet. Need help getting started? Take a peek at these 10 No-Fail Paint Colors for Small Spaces from This Old House.

The neutral color of this room plays especially nicely with the pop of blue from the view outside. See more of this home currently listed with Coldwell Banker BAIN.

169 Lynn St, Seattle, WA 98109

Looking for more home decorating tips? Get inspiration here. 

Lindsay is the the Director of Media Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate and manages the brand’s media and social media department. She is also a licensed real estate professional. In 2017 & 2018, she was named a top 20 social influencer in the real estate industry in the annual Swanepoel 200 power rankings.

Lindsay lives in Livingston, NJ with her college sweetheart and now husband Joe and rwelcomed another Joe into her life as she became a mom in June 2016.

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  1. Adam Sherman
    July 22, 2015

    Thanks for this article, Lindsay! Not everyone is going to love an all white kitchen, so neutral colors are definitely the way to go.

    • Lindsay Listanski
      July 23, 2015

      So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Kim
    May 14, 2016

    The mirror trick worked great just today with a room I have that seemed too small. I did just like it said to do and the room how’s feels so much bigger. Plus I used an off white paint, put color in with my throw pillows being bright orange and yellow with some bright blue in the drapes. Looks inviting.


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