Use an oversize mirror to enhance the effect of light. Mirrors reflect both natural and artificial light making a room bigger and brighter.
Glass-topped tables and see-through furniture can create an illusion that enhances the room with a more open flow.
Clear the clutter. There’s nothing that makes a small space feel even more cramped than having too much stuff. Rooms with everything in place have a certain flow to them. A room without clutter has a more streamline look and a larger appearance.
Light colored walls will also make your rooms appear bigger. Colors such as cream, beige, light grayish-blue and lavender will reflect and multiply the light giving the room an airy feel.
Use dual-purpose furniture. Furniture that doubles as storage increases the function of each space. Pieces like an entryway bench with storage space or a flip-top ottoman are great ways to combine furniture and function.
Use vertical space to create storage and maximize those out-of-the-way areas in your home.
Utilize those out-of-the-way nooks like the area under a flight of stairs.