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The rule of thumb when it come to ideal lighting for small rooms is: the more light a room has, the bigger it appears to be. And natural light is even better at that. For narrow houses, it is essential to maximise the space you have and make your rooms feel more expansive, more open and more inviting than they would if decorated incorrectly.

Darker rooms inherently feel more closed-off and more cave-like, which is certainly not ideal, particularly when it comes to living spaces. Rooms such as libraries or more personal spaces can often suit a more cozy feel to make it more of a sanctuary, however, when spending a lot of time in a room, making it open and wider is key.

Here are some great ways in which you can use and manipulate lighting in small rooms in your home to make it appear it appear wider than it really is.


Of course the easiest and most obvious way to increase the amount of natural light that enters a room is to have plenty of windows. Huge windows and glass doors help extend the edges of the room past the walls and merge it with the outside landscape.


Placing mirrors in specific locations in a house can reflect light around the room so that windows, which unlike mirrors have limits to where they can be placed, are not the only source of natural light. Also increase the depth of your room be creating the illusion of increased space.

Light-Coloured Walls and Furniture

small living roomLight colours are another great reflective tool that can thus expand the reach of the light source to all areas of the house. Using bright colours will also add vibrance and glow to the room during both day and night. To avoid feeling claustrophobic in your own home paint walls in whites, creams, light blues, grey or even a touch of yellow or orange and have lightly coloured furniture, all of which flow cohesively into other rooms to open them up to each other.

Recessed Lighting

Rather than cluttering a room with large floor lamps of hanging feature lights, try to used recessed lighting as much as possible. This not only makes the ceiling feel further away but it also places emphasis on the empty space rather than on an outlandish, dominating fixture.

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