5 Tips To Make A Narrow Room Look Wider

When living in flats and apartments in Singapore (which certainly aren't the largest of spaces), it can be a challenge to figure out the best ways to make your narrow rooms look wider, especially without actually doing major renovations and knocking down your walls, or completely stripping your spaces bare. This is certainly a particularly common dilemma amongst renters, since they're typically unable to renovate their new homes. Thankfully, there are many tips and tricks to make your narrow rooms appear wider and more spacious, without the need to take such drastic measures nor having to abandon your favourite home decor pieces. Here are 5 of our favourite interior design tips that will certainly help you to create the look of a wider space! 

1. Place an emphasis on vertical height 

When working with narrow spaces, a handy trick to make it appear much wider and more spacious that it really is is to emphasise its vertical height. Achieve this through the use of low-lying furniture or by choosing interesting lighting fixtures. Drawing the eye up will serve to take the focus away from the width of the room and onto the height, successfully creating the illusion of a wider and more spacious space.

Room with exposed wooden beams and high ceiling Narrow living room with high ceilings

2. Make use of mirrors

Oak full length mirror placed in a room Round wooden semi-circle mirror with a warm wood finish.

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Perhaps one of the oldest design tricks in the book, the use of mirrors is a common solution that you'll find in various interior design magazines and websites when looking for solutions on how to create the illusion of a larger space. Mirrors are able to create this space-widening effect in narrow rooms by bouncing light around the room, instantly creating the illusion of a more spacious space. 

3. Keep it minimal 

The worst thing you could do in a narrow room is to cram it with furniture and decor pieces. Cramming a small and narrow room with large pieces of furniture will only make it look and feel even more cramped. Thus, keep it minimal and only include pieces that you truly need. Additionally, try opting for smaller pieces of furniture that match the scale of the room. 

Narrow room with minimal decor and furniture Narrow bedroom with minimal furniture making it look more spacious

4. Take advantage of multifunctional pieces 

Following the similar theme as the previously mentioned point, you'd probably want to try and minimise the amount of furniture in your already narrow room. This can be done through the use of multifunctional pieces that can be used for multiple functions, or pieces that offer hidden storage. For instance, in a narrow bedroom, consider the use of a storage bed, instead of a regular headboard bed, which would serve to provide some additional storage without eating up any additional floor space. 

 Hipvan lexi queen 3 drawer bed with storage underneath

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5. Make use of your vertical space 

Floor space is certainly quite limited in a narrow room. Thus, try making good use of your vertical space through the use of pieces like wall shelves, which essentially frees up the floor space that would have otherwise been occupied by bulky pieces of furniture. Apart from creating the illusion of a wider and more spacious space, the maximisation of your vertical space will also help to make room for other furniture pieces that might be more important and essential in your room. 

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