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Making a smaller room look bigger – tips and tricks to 'expand' your space

Updated: Jun 12, 2023

As is very obvious of course – a home extension, renovation or re-org is more or less always about getting more space at home, and this has been something which has been very much to the fore in these 'stay at home' Covid times.

The numerous 'lockdowns' have shown for many the advantages of good well-planned, well fitted space at home. Note as well perhaps, how that key word 'space' has been very much of note even in the context of Covid 'Lockdown' advice warnings

interesting ideas

For sure having best space at home is probably more key than it has ever has been – and our Editor's eye was caught online by some intriguing, interesting ideas from those Real Homes experts on how to make the small square footage of, say your living room, feel more spacious? Read on for some neat, well-considered tricks and tips .

as big as possible

Add Real Homes “ Who doesn't want to make small living room feel bigger? We know we've often said sometimes the best thing you can do is accept and embrace your small living room proportions and create cozy, inviting spaces that have no need to be made to feel any bigger. But come on, most of us just want our homes to look and feel as big as possible ….right?

easy ways

If you've been blessed with limited square footage, the first thing you are probably thinking is what will help 'expand' your space. And lucky for you, there are loads of easy ways to give the impression that your smaller living room is lighter, loftier and lovelier than you thought. So read on for more....


First to consider is that, if you have a smaller room – you need small furniture. What this does, suggests the Real Homes experts, is just make your room feel cluttered. Avoid filling your room with a number of small items of furniture


Sometimes, says Real Homes expert, Hebe Hatton, picking a large sectional-type sofa can make a small living room feel larger. If you do this, keep it the same, or similar colour to the walls, so it doesn't just dominate the entire room. The furniture design choice is important too – go for a sleek look that is lower to the floor. Also, just keep the rest of the space very minimal - probably no coffee table in the middle of the room and make it so you can actually see some floor.


Adds designer Kathey Kuo, “Prioritize furniture pieces that are multi-use too. Any time you get several functions out of one item, you free up additional space for other pieces! Benches with hidden storage or nesting tables are a great way to save space and create versatility.”

next trick

There you go – sound advice there – that's for sure. Next 'trick' for room 'space-building is where you position your furniture – and the best place is away from the walls! No really ..that's what's needed to get that more 'spacey' feeling. Says Eilyn Jimenez, founder of Sire Design.” Furniture that's away from the walls gives the space more fluidity. By placing furniture away from walls, the whole space within the room will appear bigger.”

floor space 'in view'

Apparently many of us are totally guilty when it comes to small living room layouts, in that we automatically shove everything up against walls. That's not good. What is needed is more floor space in view …..and doing this will actually make the whole room space feel much less cramped. Now you know!

Check back here soon for more bright ideas from the expert Real Homes team on how to make your home re-organisation, refurbishment or extension seem more spacious when it's finished!

We at Mint Builders are, of course, here to help locally with all kinds of questions and ideas relating to the priority planning and organisation of your spacious well-planned new home extension or renovation for Spring and Summer 2021. We have the expert contacts on hand to ensure your project gets sorted exactly as it should be...and at a price that works for you!

Feel free to request our project planning and quotation visit to help you refurbish or extend your home for more 'liveability' and increased future sales value. Contact Mint Builders on 07734 211958 or email

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