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5 tips how to make a small apartment look bigger

Making a small apartment look bigger than it really is could perhaps be the most challenging thing to do. A larger apartment – or at least the illusion of one – adds to the aesthetic appeal, as well as comfort. Here are our 5 best tips to make a small apartment look bigger, adding a sense of spaciousness to your home:

Tips to make a small apartment bigger

Paint with light colours and use contrasts

Light colours always make a room look bigger and brighter. Lighter walls make space feel airy and open, and enhance the effects of natural light. On the other hand, darker shades absorb natural light, which will make the room look smaller than it actually is. Even when you pair contrasts, pair them in hues of off-white, green, blue, and so on, keeping in mind that brighter rooms look bigger.

Lighting is key

It is best if you have access to natural light, since it opens up the interior, making it seem spacious and larger. Large windows and doors, coupled with thin drapes can allow easy entry of natural light. If the window opens to a bad view, you can consider placing plants to obscure it.


Clutter can make a room look considerably smaller than it actually is, so make sure you have nothing beyond the absolute essentials in your room. Filling a small room with things – even if it is furniture – can prove to be contradictory to your intention of making it look bigger. Don’t hang too many pictures on the walls, and make sure your furnishings amount to only those things you absolutely need. Taking out things like large rugs and so on will create the illusion of more floor space, and thus, make the room look larger.


Mirrors work wonders. Placing mirrors can give the illusion of a room being much bigger – almost double its size. You can use a focal point in your room and angle your mirror towards it to give the illusion of more space. Placing a mirror near the window is also effective in making the room look bigger.

Furniture arrangement

Most of the space in a room is taken up by its furnishings. To create more space, consider using multifunctional items of furniture, such as a chest that also doubles up as a couch. Place larger pieces of furniture against the walls to clear up space for movement. You can also aim at making the furniture blend in with the walls. Also make sure there is plenty space between your furniture, as well as between the furniture and the ceiling.

These are all things you can arrange on your own, but if you need a keener eye to analyse your space for you, hop on over to NZ Residential; we’d be glad to help you out with how to make a small apartment look bigger!