Step One: Use light colored paint. Nothing will make a room shrink more than rich colors or heavily patterned wall paper. Stick with sky blue, buttercup yellow, and sage green if you like colors. Eggshell dove gray, or fair oatmeal can be a good choice if you prefer neutrals. Many types of wallpaper have simple, yet beautiful, designs in light colors, so this is a viable option as well.
Step Two: Incorporate mirrors. These will add dimension to a small space. Mirrors create an optical illusion because the room is repeated again, making it seem twice as large. Fit the largest mirror you can, but don’t put more than one – the multiplied reflections can be confusing!
Step Three: Remove unnecessary items. If you never eat in the kitchen then take the table out of there. Never sit in the bedroom love seat? Move it to somewhere you will use it, or get rid of it entirely.
Step Four: Remove hinged doors and replace them with pocket doors. These can disappear into the wall when opened, so they take up virtually no space. When privacy is needed, the doors can shut, but consider leaving them open the rest of the time to make the room seem larger.
Step Five: Consolidate clutter. Nothing shrinks a room like a mess. Use bins and shelves to organize everything efficiently. When the junk is off the floor and tables it becomes a lot more manageable. Make sure you keep things clean though, small spaces can accumulate clutter rapidly.
Step Six: Raise window rods. This will draw the eye upwards and allow more light to pour in from the windows.