Tiny rooms are more challenging to decorate which is why a small bedroom, for instance, may seem more like a cave instead of a cozy sanctuary. Because of the lack of natural light, the right colour palette and the use of smart storage, small rooms may appear cramped and uncomfortable. Here are a number of suggestions on how to make small rooms seem larger and more functional.

1. Make use of lighter colour scheme. Pastels, white, and neutral colour are perfect to make a small space look larger.

2. Utilize monochromatic colours or shades of a single hue on the furniture pieces, walls and rugs.

3. If you have a nice view of your lawn or garden from your windows, bring outside colours such as green and blue inside the room to expand the appearance of the space.

4. Letting in more lighting is important in widening a small room. A recessed spot lighting isn't just visually appealing, it is also good for opening up a tiny room. Solar Tubes and skylights are good natural substitutes for adding more light to a room. Let more natural light into a room as much as possible.

5. Make use of armchairs and sofas that are raised on their legs rather than compact furniture pieces with bases that settle right on the floor.

6. Limit the number of furniture pieces and accessories to avoid a cluttered appearance.

7. Add mirrored closet doors and wall mirrors. Mirrors are typically used to multiply a room's visual space.

8. Use the same paint colour of your walls on the ceiling. This will help get rid of the shadows lines which visually define a space. This will make it more difficult to determine your room's parameters, making it look bigger.

9. Make use of light colours on your floor and ceiling.

10. Add paintings and other prints on the walls. It is best to use large painting instead of a couple of small paintings.

11. Use a glass table in place of solid coffee, dining or end tables. Doing so will give you a more open and free space.

12. Avoid excessive details or decorations such as ruffles in windows or furniture. Use draperies with practical panels or shades.

13. Use small prints or plain coloured cloths and rugs to create a single and more unified appearance and make the room visually bigger.

14. Make use of mulitpurpose furniture such as window seats, furniture and ottomans with enclosed compartment to hide everyday clutter.

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