7 Rug Hacks To Make A Small Space Look Bigger

Narrow hallways, teeny bedrooms, and multipurpose kitchen living dining rooms, are something us city kids have to live with. Yes, we can declutter, buy appropriately sized furniture and stick to whitewash walls, but what’s another way to maximise skimpy square footage? Roll out those rugs.

Whether it’s being bold with colour, layering, or clearly defining your functional zones, a rug, or rugs, can be your best friend.

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1.         Be bold with colour

Interior colour trends at the moment are all about bold tones. Much like painting one of your walls a dark colour or adding textured wallpaper to help create a focal point – the same can be done with a rug. Pick a dark coloured rug, or a slightly jazzier pattern, to draw attention away from how teeny tiny the rest of the room is, and toward the focal point. 

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2.         Go oversized

Sounds kind of counterintuitive but use a large rug, or even an oversized rug, that basically fills the entire room, minus a small border, extending beyond all of the furniture. This will draw the eye wider, across the full width and length of the room, making it appear bigger than it really is. Using a rug that is too small for space will simply accentuate the lack of square footage.Lilla Rugs Blog Post on 7 rug hacks to make a small space look bigger oversized rug overdyed

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3.         Layering

This is more of a follow on from the oversized tip. Depending on the size, a handmade area rug can get quite expensive. So here is a clever hack: buy a simple jute, rattan or seagrass larger sized rug to fill the needed area, and layer a more expensive accent rug on top, or even two! It’s a win-win: you’ll fill the space you need to, for less money, and you’ll be bang on the layering trend. Layering rugs is a smart way to take on pattern-mixing and add texture.

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4.         Define each functional zone

Small space living often means one room that needs to work as your kitchen, dining room and living room all at the same time. It’s really important to define each area in order to create separation between functional zones. Yes, arranging your furniture in the right way will help achieve this, but to create real definition, treat your floors like walls. Unlike walls, rugs will keep the space open, but make each section much more clearly defined.


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5.         Front legs under

Push a rug slightly under elements of the furniture. Keep the front legs of your sofa, chair, or bed, under the rug and the back legs off it. The rug connects the various furniture pieces together while extending far enough into the room to create a sense of good proportion.7 rug hacks to make a small room look bigger lilla rugs blog post front legs under

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6.         Fresh colour palette  

We’ve all heard this one before, but it’s no less valid. Play it safe and stick to light colours to keep your space light and airy. Try a monochrome Moroccan Berber Beni Ourain rug for best results.

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NIMA Moroccan Berber Beni Ourain Lilla Rug


7.         The rug & only the rug on the floor

When you don’t have much space to play with, you really don’t want to have anything blocking your floor space. Stick to furniture with legs and have the rug and only the rug on the floor. Let the floor breathe by taking up only one visual need.

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