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Small rooms in your rental property?

Published: 29/06/2020

It's a hard sell trying to persuade potential tenants that bigger isn't always better as most tenants want space. Small rooms can put them off, especially if they want more bang for their buck!

Don't despair; there are ways of making rooms appear more significant and more appealing. We hope this helps you put your best creative foot forward and show potential tenants that "less is more."

Furniture, decorations, and lighting play a significant role in your ability to let your home quickly and at the right price. Here are our tips:

Keep a low profile

Furniture lower to the ground will create a feeling of openness in a room simply because they leave more space above them.

Nice legs

Opt for furniture with legs versus larger pieces that sit directly on the floor. Additional air and light underneath the furniture will prevent your room from looking visually overcrowded.


Don't push furniture up against the wall as this will make the room feel more cramped. Pulling the furniture away, even by a few inches, will make a difference.


When picking furniture, go for glass coffee tables, see-through chairs, and sofas with feet. Don't buy chairs with bulky arms that have a skirt, for example.


When dealing with a small space, it's essential to make good use of multi-purpose items. Sofas, coffee tables, and ottomans with hidden storage are a great solution.

Emphasise Height

Installing a high shelf or wall to ceiling bookcases will have this effect and make your ceilings look taller than they are plus provide much-needed storage space.

Wow factor

One large dramatic piece of art hung closer to the ceiling can help draw the eye up and away from the small size of a room, but putting many different frames in varying shapes and sizes could make your walls feel cramped and cluttered. It's also okay to leave some walls blank to prevent the room from feeling cluttered and overwhelming.


Choose ornaments in a single hue to keep decorative items from feeling too busy. The cohesiveness will help curtail the look of clutter.

Unify your colour palette

Whites have reflective qualities. They open up a room, making it airy and light, calm, and serene.

Too many different colours and patterns can make a room seem busy and disjointed. Instead, turn tiny spaces into a serene hideaways. Pick a single colour and layer it in various shades to unify the space.

Top tips: Try painting your wall trim and mouldings in a lighter colour than your walls. By doing so, the walls will appear farther back, making your living room seem larger. Paint the walls and ceiling the same shade of white to blur the boundaries between them making your eye travel up, making the ceiling appear higher.


Add contrast in colours to create the illusion of a larger space, even in areas with minimal square footage. For example, you might paint the upper cabinets in your kitchen white and the lower cabinets a dark indigo. The contrast draws the eyes upward to the extra headspace rather than down to the limited walking room.

Light Relief

Being creative with lighting can help open up a room. Pendant lights that hang low with a long stem will give the impression that the room is tall and lofty.

A ceiling light alone, however, leaves corners dark, which makes a room look smaller. Use several lamps around the room as highlighting the edges will widen the room.

Mirror, mirror

It's the oldest decorating trick in the book for a reason. Not only do mirrors visually "double" the size of your space, they reflect light, which opens up a room even more. For maximum effect, if you can, place the mirror near a window. 

Large mirrors can be expensive, so try small grouping mirrors together to achieve the same effect.

Ditch the Drapes

Removing curtains will help to bring more natural light into the room and eliminates heavy fabric that can enclose a space.

It isn't always practical, though, so if you have curtains, pick lightweight fabrics and stick to a similar colour to the walls. This blending will fool the eye.


After you've successfully initiated these tips, the right tenant will see the space for its full potential. You'll attract eager tenants and encourage them to stay long-term, all because you practiced fundamental property staging.
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