THE RIGHT SIZED BED: If you are designing a bedroom, ensure that you choose the correct bed size. The bed should be the feature of the room so always opt for the biggest bed that fits the space.
FITTING FURNITURE: Furniture needs to be practical but you don?t want it to overcrowd the room. Look for a dressing table with drawers, a tidier area gives a greater sense of space. Side tables need to be able to hold a lamp, clock, book and a glass. Any smaller and the piece becomes impractical.
GHOST-LIKE FURNITURE: Consider seating such as this 'ghost chair', a Perspex chair that will give an illusion of space, while still providing comfortable seating. An alternative may be to use a stool, smaller but equally as functional. And remember to always tuck the chair or stool under the table.
MIRROR IMAGE: Use reflective surfaces when dressing the walls. Reflecting the surrounds has an enlarging effect. Mirrors are the obvious choice for walls, but keep in mind that reflective surfaces can also be used for items of furniture, such as the dressing tables and side tables.
DRESS APPROPRIATELY: Keep the window dressings light. Flowing floor-length curtains are fabulous, but they require space. Instead utilise a fitted window dressing, such as blinds or shorter curtains. If the window is particularly small, dress it without covering any of the glazing.
LESS IS MORE: Don't overdress a small room. Choose a few key pieces or accessories to display and let them speak for themselves. Keep your colour palette light and as simple as possible, especially if the room has a smaller window. A big mistake would be to use a heavily-patterned material. It will make the room excessively busy.
LIGHTING: A well-lit room will appear significantly larger. It is also very important to choose appropriate light fixtures. Don't have a drooping chandelier hanging from the ceiling unless you have a double volume ceiling, instead look at using recessed spot lighting.