Mirrors spread light, add sparkle and create the illusion of spaciousness in a small room. A collection of small, decorative mirrors is a great alternative to heavy, framed photo displays. Consider placing a grouping of small mirrors on the wall opposite a window. They will reflect and magnify the light while also creating a sense of depth.
It may seem counter-intuitive, but decorating with a few coordinating prints and patterns – versus sticking with solid neutrals – can actually make a space feel larger. Consider using patterns when choosing bedding, rugs and windows – and be brave with color, and with mixing and matching. Plaid or a madras patchwork can pair surprisingly well with small-scale prints, for instance. The goal is to strike a balance between bright color and coordinating, calm neutrals.
It may be your first instinct to choose the smallest pieces of furniture you can find, but a few large pieces of quality furniture, rather than a lot of smaller pieces, can actually make a small room feel larger. A tall armoire in place of a dresser can draw the eye upward and away from the room's smallness, and a nicely upholstered rocker next to an expertly crafted crib can give the nursery a larger, more spacious feeling.