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For most of us, we’ve probably started to notice how crowded the inside of homes can feel. So to help you ward off cabin fever, we’ve rounded up a few pieces of advice to make your space feel roomier and brighter—no demolition necessary.

Paint Choice

If you want to make your small rooms appear bigger and you’re up for a quarantine DIY project, start with the walls. In small rooms especially, creating space is all about color, not actual dimensions. Color can reflect light, and it can go a long way to brighten a room and give the illusion of more space. If you’re looking to create an open feel, avoid the use of dark paint colors and lean towards lighter shades instead.


Once you’ve set the backdrop, you’re ready to move on to some important but simple ways to quickly create spaciousness. Getting rid of clutter is the most affordable of all the tricks to create the illusion of more space. As the old saying goes, a place for everything and everything in its place. While this may be trickier when the entire family is sheltering-in-place, designating a few times throughout the day to “reset” rooms and stash away clutter will help your spaces feel not only roomier, but more calming, as well. 


If you haven’t played with your floor plan, you’d be surprised what a little rearranging can do to create the feel of roominess. Place your furniture so there is space between items and you can avoid crowding. This may mean finding a new spot elsewhere in the house for some pieces. 

Mirror, Mirror

The addition of a mirror to a room is like waving a magical wand. If you have one hanging around that’s not in an easy line of vision, move it and hang or prop in a high traffic area. It will reflect light and create the illusion of more depth in any room.

Being stuck inside may have you feeling like the walls are closing in on you and your family members, but a few quick changes will make your rooms feel brighter and bigger almost instantly. Now, all that’s left is to enjoy sheltering-in-place in your roomier space!