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4 Design Hacks to Make A Small House Look So Much Bigger

If you’re working with small square footage or if you’ve decided to make the shift to sustainable building, one of your priorities is to use the limited space efficiently without compromising on style. 

This can be a challenge, however, as the limitation can make you focus on practicality rather than the appearance. Your first instinct is to find every space to accommodate as much furniture as possible. 

Fortunately, there are tricks and hacks you can use to magically make your space look bigger without forgoing comfort. If you’re ready to live large, check out smart design tips: 

Open Up the Space 

One of the most effective ways to keep your small house from looking cramped and feeling stuffy is to let in as much light as possible. In this aspect, tall and wide windows are your best friend. They let in a significant amount of natural light which tricks your eyes and makes you believe that there’s more space than there is. 

Choose sheer window coverings for these windows or pull them back completely to allow more light to enter your space. If you aren’t particularly fond of the view outside, you can add plants near the windows to decorate it and bring you closer to nature. 

If you do not have access to natural light, adding lighting fixtures will help brighten the space. 

Explore Open-Plan Living 

Don’t let the natural light coming in from your windows go to waste. To further make your home feel bigger, consider open-plan options and refrain from building walls to separate your kitchen, living room, and/or dining room. In doing so, you will give your home a vast and open feel and keep it from looking even more cramped. 

That said, you can add designs to each space to distinguish them from the others. Here are some ways to do this: 

  • Use different flooring for your dining room and living room. 
  • Use colors that are subtly different in each space. 
  • If you must separate spaces, use thin columns 
  • Use multifunctional dividers to separate spaces (e.g. a two-sided fireplace between the kitchen and the living room) 

Use Light Colors 

If you have a small space, you’ll want to avoid using dark colors as they tend to absorb light and make your space seem more cramped. White and other lighter colors are the better option. They help brighten your space further by reflecting the natural light coming in and making your space feel open and airy.

Keep Your Things Organized 

Clutter is your worst enemy when it comes to working with small spaces as they make the space look chaotic and cramped. 

Considering this, you must also pay attention to your possessions, daily items, and even the smallest decorative items. Set a space to store the items and appliances you regularly use and upgrade your closets with built-in organization systems. Moreover, create hidden storages if your space allows it to keep stuff out of sight. 

When your things are neatly arranged and your floors are free of any clutter, you’ll be able to achieve a bigger-looking room. 


You don’t need to sacrifice the good things when moving into a smaller home. The square footage may be smaller than what you used to have, but you can explore tricks and design ideas to make the new space work for you and everyone in the family. Opening up the space, using light colors, and organizing your things all help make your house look much bigger—giving you enough room for love, laughter, and quality time.  

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