How to Make Your House Look Bigger Than It Is

When you sell your house, you’ll want to make it look as big and beautiful as possible. And just because your house is small, that doesn’t mean it can’t look big. You can make any space look bigger by employing some simple tips and tricks that teach you how to make your house look bigger. Almost like magic, transform your tiny, cramped house into an inviting, seemingly spacious home.


It all starts with light. Lightness evokes space, while darkness constrains and hides it. So first, use all the natural light you can. Don’t block off windows with heavy curtains or furniture. Instead, frame your furniture around the windows and other appropriate lighting fixtures. A bright room always feels more airy than a dark one.


With that same idea, use light colors in your home. Your walls, floors, and ceilings are most important because they take up a lot of space. For maximum impact, your walls and ceiling should be a neutral, light shade that radiates light and your floors will be on the lighter side as well. A paint job on the walls will make a world of difference and if the floors’ dark color makes the room feel heavy, try using a large, light-colored area rug. You can use dark colors in your furnishings, but keep them minimal.


Get rid of it! For most people, this means packing up about half of the miscellaneous objects scattered around the house. It will probably look a little empty to you, but to potential buyers, it will only look like more space.


It’s a classic trick, but it’s still around because it works. First, make sure there is a large mirror in the bathroom, which is likely the smallest room in the house. Another mirror in the bedroom, above the dresser, is preferable. Then, in the living room or kitchen or any other room, if a mirror might work with the space, add it. You could place one over a side table or find an artistic mirror to hang near photos. Because mirrors reflect light and images, they create the illusion of a bigger space.


First, reduce the amount of furniture in rooms that look cluttered. Less furniture means more space. Then, look at your floorplan. You want open arrangements that don’t block off space. Boxy areas reduce traffic flow and impede movement. By increasing flow, you can make your house look bigger.


An airy, clean room will always feel bigger than dusty, stale one. So with that in mind, do a thorough cleaning job, getting into all those overlooked areas like corners, fans and lights, behind furniture, and the tops of shelves. Any little carpet stains, nicks in the walls, or bits of dirt and dust will draw the buyer’s eye away from the open space and into the dirty details.


On bookshelves, place bigger and darker books on bottom and smaller, lighter books on top. Its a simple trick that transfers weight to the bottom, leaving the top more open and light.


Use long and wide furnishings wherever possible: long curtains, tall flowers, wide shelves. And if possible, use glass-topped tables and streamlined furniture to add space.