5 Furniture Arranging Tricks to Make Your Home Feel Bigger

Being a homeowner is like being a magician, and decorating a space is one of your biggest illusions. You only have a finite space with which to work, and yet there are an infinite amount of ways to transform the area between those walls, floors, and ceilings into something special.

That’s especially true when it comes to making a room feel larger than it actually is. Even if you want to create a cozy, intimate space, you aren’t going to want it to feel cramped and uncomfortable. While some of that is down to the actual size and square footage of the space, there’s quite a lot you can do to make a given room look and feel bigger with just the furniture you buy and the way in which you arrange it.

So, let’s get down to a little decorating abracadabra!

  1. Open up Into Other Rooms


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One of the big tricks for making a room look and feel bigger than it is involves capitalizing on and connecting adjacent spaces. Closing off space can make it feel more intimate, perhaps, but it can also feel smaller. That’s partly due to a psychological quirk of ours. When we explicitly limit something, it can feel smaller than the same space without these boundaries.

By contrast, a lack of large furnishings creating artificial boundaries to space can help it feel more open. As a result, one of the big tricks for making a room appear larger and more spacious is to angle your couches and other large furnishings on the periphery of your room in such a way as to make them “open” rather than “closed.”

Rather than line them up in a straight line, try slanting them towards or away from one another at an angle. This can cause their backsides to fan out and leave space on either side of a gap in between them, which in turn can create the illusion of space.

You also want to try and create walkways connecting rooms. Not only do these walkways themselves generally give the impression of space, but in connecting these two rooms, they can extend that feeling of spaciousness. It’s a little touch, but it’s the little touches like that which make a big difference.

  1. Lighting, Sunshine, and Furniture


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One of the biggest decorating tricks in the book is to control lighting. The more light you flood into an area, the warmer and more welcoming it looks. This, in turn, helps to contribute to the sense of space is more open and spacious. As such, any room that you wish to make feel larger should be well-lit, preferably with bright artificial lighting, warm ambient light from an exterior source, or both.

In the case of the latter, you’ll want to make sure you have windows strategically placed around the room in question. Not only can the light filtering into the room through the windows add to the room’s sense of spaciousness, but so too can the windows themselves.


  1. Mirrors Reflect Well on You


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In much the same way windows can help brighten up a room and make it appear more spacious, the same can be said for mirrors. That is due in no small part to the fact that mirrors, just like windows, reflect light magnificently, making a room appear all the brighter and thus more spacious. At the same time, these mirrors also reflect the image of the room itself.

As such, large enough mirrors reflecting light and images can give the impression that space is larger than it actually is. That was in fact part of the magic and majesty of Versailles’ famed Hall of Mirrors. Opulent mirrors for reflective and vain self-gazing making space and its occupants appear grander and brighter than they already were – they really are the perfect metaphor for Versailles and the lost world of the French monarchy and aristocracy.

A few well-placed wall mirrors here and there can help you capture that sense of elegance and grandeur, all while making your interiors appear more spacious.


  1. A Word on Sofas


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Perhaps no furnishing is more important for being able to lend a sense of openness to your living room space than your sofas. You thus want to make sure to opt for sofas that flow nicely with your interior décor. Sectional sofas are a great example as they flow with the room’s angles & space, however large or small the room is.

Make sure to avoid overly large, obtrusive sofas that can make a room feel closed off. By contrast, sofas which are opened to the hallways and flow with your décor can create the sense of an open, spacious, seamless whole.


  1. Create a Center


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Last, but not least, you want to make sure to create a central area from which the rest of your interior decorating flows. From an aesthetic standpoint, this helps structure your interior decorating scheme, giving it a sense of symmetry and weight.

In addition, when you or guests meet in the designated center of your home, it can make it easier to feel the decorating and architectural weight of the rest of the surrounding area around you, making it feel all the more spacious as a result.

This is one reason why living rooms are so important, as they often function as these focal points, and so making them feel bigger and more spacious is a great way to transfer that feeling throughout your home.

Taking all of these factors into consideration, you’ll be able to redo your interior decorating and make your home feel bigger and more spacious than ever before.

Tricks-to-Make-Your-Home-Feel-Bigger-LoriWadeAuthor’s BIO: Lori Wade is a journalist from Louisville. She is a content writer for who have experience in small editions, Lori is now engaged in news and conceptual articles on the topic of home decor and home renovation. If you are interested in furniture or lifestyle, you can find her on  Twitter & LinkedIn. She has good experience and knowledge in the field.

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