Light is absolutely key to making small spaces seem larger and more open, but a lot of us go about it the wrong way – here are some tips on how to make your room look its best.

When confronted with a small room in the house, a lot of us simply concede to the fact that it’s a small room and leave it at that. Making an effort to make these rooms seem more appealing is important to the overall feel of the home, but with so much contrasting information out there it’s difficult to make sense of where to start. To help you along your way, here are some tips on how to use light to expand a space. Utilise windows Natural light coming in through windows is far and away the most important element of enlarging a room. Of course, leaving windows completely uncovered is usually not a viable option, and so we should take care when picking curtains and blinds. Heavy, thick curtains have quite a profound effect of ‘shrinking’ a room, and the number one rule is to stay away from them wherever possible. Thin drapes can work wonders to magnify light, and are best placed slightly outwards from the sides of windows to make the windows appear larger. The goal is to let in as much light as possible and cover as little as the window as possible, but this may not be possible in bedrooms where keeping light out is important at night. In these cases, you are always better off choosing blinds which should be left open in the day and closed at night. Mirrors Mirrors have long since been a key to enlarging small spaces, and nothing has changed here. The thing about mirrors though is that they require a lot of light to already be in the room before they can work, and if you’re struggling for window space then this can be a problem. Still, it can be easy to turn this into an advantage, and if your room doesn’t have a window then mirrors can work magic. Spend a decent amount of time shopping for good quality lamps and light fittings which will spread light around the room without seeming too imposing – hanging lights are great for not taking up space. It’s worth remembering that often poorly lit spaces are worse than not having the space at all, as they seem even smaller and generally unappealing. With that in mind, hang mirrors from the walls and ensure that lamp light is hitting all of them. Colour Using the correct colours could be a whole topic in itself, but the general rule is to use light colours for walls and large furniture and bolder colours to add energy in smaller things such as cushions. A common mistake is to have white walls because of their light-reflecting ability, but pure white bores the eye and only serves to make a room smaller. Other colours like duck-egg blue and lavender work just as well whilst looking much better. These simple rules really can make a world of difference... give them a go and enjoy your new room!