The enduring question of how to accentuate space in a small room divides designers, but Joanna Gaines has offered a solution that feeds into one of the biggest trends of the season.
The Fixer Upper star is a self-confessed admirer of oversized furniture – but her enthusiasm stretches beyond this bold aesthetic. Instead, Joanna Gaines praises large decor for its ability to make a small room feel more spacious – and it's a tip that will transform your room – despite the juxtaposition.
Whether you are looking for small room ideas, to make your living room look bigger or add a sense of scale to your bedroom or kitchen, Joanna's advice will add space and style to your scheme. In an episode of Fixer Upper (opens in new tab), Joanna revealed her size-enhancing secret.
'In tighter spaces, people think you have to go smaller, but I always like to do the opposite,' Joanna explains. For example, instead of having a medium-sized settee with two smaller cupboards in a living room, it would be better to have a large settee without the extra furnishings. This will make your room feel spacious and look perfectly on-trend.
Plus, Joanna Gaines isn't the only designer to lust after the larger-than-life furniture trend. Creative Director at Albion Nord (opens in new tab), Camilla Clarke, similarly mirrors Joanna's observations, highlighting how 'a small room doesn't need small furniture.'
She, too, provokes you to consider larger pieces to create a room that is 'so much more inviting' and instantly more spacious.
Meanwhile, if you are looking to make a small bedroom look bigger, the argument remains the same. Invest in a larger bed and sacrifice smaller furnishings to accentuate the space and pay homage to one of the chicest aesthetics of the year.
Designer Yabu Pushelberg (opens in new tab), who has recently launched a large furniture collection with Ligne Roset (opens in new tab) (below), also mirrors this argument whilst celebrating its comforting 'pillow-like effect.'
'The amorphous shapes of plump furniture effortlessly mold into your routine, supporting you and the way you choose to live today,' he adds. This is the interior design trend that will make your space look good – and feel bigger.
Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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