Make a Room Look Bigger: 3 Decorating Tricks With Optical Illusions

Fool the eye with paint and other accessories to completely transform your space.

striped carpet
Douglas Gibb

Add stripes for more space
Just as vertical stripes on clothing may make you look taller, stripes on a rug will make a room appear longer in the direction the stripes are oriented.

home book router
Adam Voorhes for Reader’s Digest

Hide ugly tech with a hollowed-out book

Place an unsightly router inside a hollowed-out book to keep it out of view.

painted wall
Clive Tompsett

Half-paint for Height

Paint the bottom half of walls a darker color than the top (try white) to define your room’s shape. Next, make your home look more expensive with these cheap decorating tricks. 


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