The second bedroom in our house is so small. I've already de-cluttered but what are other ways to make it look bigger?

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Story Updated: Feb 1, 2012

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The second bedroom in our house is so small. I’ve already de-cluttered, but what are other ways to make it look bigger?

From the Editors of Las Fabulosas

Make your small room look and feel more spacious by tricking the eyes. Here are three effortless and fast ways:

1. Let there be luz: Light, whether it’s natural or artificial, easily amplifies an area. Let it pour in through windows by removing objects from windowsills and by replacing dark curtains with sheer, bright- or neutral-colored ones. Or, add lighting features, such as lamps or floodlights, to highlight a bare wall or a bookshelf.

2. Décor edit: The bed is the most important object in the bedroom. Draw attention to it by clearing up floors, counters and wall spaces. Replace a multitude of frames on tables or walls by hanging one large painting or photograph. Open floor space by removing rugs, coat racks, plants and other piles.

3. Bring on el brillo: Dark furniture and dark walls overpower small rooms. Keep spaces airy with light or bright colors. Go for cream whites, bright greens or soft blues for instant Zen.

Shirley Velásquez  

is an editor and writer at ELLE magazine. She has contributed to Woman’s Day, Glamour, InStyle, Latina, The New York Sun, and Border-line Personalities, an anthology of essays written by Latina writers. She is a frequent contributor to Las Fabulosas.