How To Visually Enlarge The Space Of The Apartment

How to Visually Enlarge the Space of the Apartment?

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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There are many ways to enlarge the space of an apartment visually. Some people use mirrors to reflect light and make the space seem larger. Others use light colors on the walls to create the illusion of more space. Another way to make a small apartment appear larger is to use furniture that is proportionate to the size of the room. For example, using a small couch in a living room will make the space appear larger than if a large couch was used.

Finally, using glass or transparent furniture can also make a space seem larger. This is because you can see through the furniture, and it doesn’t take up as much visual space. Let’s discuss these and other options in detail.

Walls and Floor

If you are in the process of repair, it is better to use white or another light color for the walls. If you plan to use wallpaper, panels, or pictures, the pattern should be large. It is not a good idea to choose wallpaper with a small pattern – rather pay attention to a monophonic one, or with a big pattern. If you decide to change the wall color, don’t forget about proper cleaning from afterward. Talking about the floor, it is better to do a floor covering without transitioning from a tile to parquet or from parquet to laminate. Choose one floor for the entire space of the apartment.


Our main advice about furniture in small apartments: they should not be bulky but on the scale of the apartment. It happens that the room is small, and there is a huge sofa, which is not comparable to the scale of the room. If the apartment is small, then the sofa should be medium in size. It is also necessary to properly organize the storage of things. Cabinets should be made invisible as if everything is stored in the walls. The cabinet should be from the ceiling to the floor. Such cabinets can fit a refrigerator or the whole wardrobe.

Use Mirrors in the Interior

The mirror should be as big as possible. Instead of hanging a separate small one, it is better to completely decorate the wall with a mirror instead of finishing with plastering.

Often there is not enough space in the passage areas of the apartment: in the corridor and the adjacent part of the hallway and kitchen. In the hallway, the mirror is the most functional because you can look at yourself before going out and, at the same time, visually enlarge the area. The bathroom is also well suited for the use of mirrors.


If you want curtains or cornices, you do not need to hang them in the middle of the wall. It is better to do it from ceiling to floor, i.e., from axis to axis. The same applies to cabinets. They must be high to the ceiling, then they will be perceived as part of the wall.

Use Furniture on Legs

Visually, the legs are greatly facilitated by such large items as a bed or sofa. The sofa on the legs looks airier. There are beds with a folding mechanism in which you can store things, but they visually look heavy. It is better to choose a bed on legs because it will look lighter, and you can store things under it.

A lot of small decors eat up space. It is better to use a few large items than many small ones.

And If I Have a Small Kitchen?

If the kitchen is tiny, you should sacrifice the size of the stove because we rarely use 4 burners at once, except when guests come. Two burners will be enough for everyday life. You can also make a small sink and put a small dishwasher, thus increasing the working space of the kitchen. In addition, it is always reasonable to use a built-in refrigerator. It will be less noticeable and will not take up space visually.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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