Not everybody has the budget to knock down walls and make a smaller room larger. However, you can do a few things with furniture that can certainly give a smaller room a lot more breathing space. Here's a few ways you can do it.
1. Less is More
The most obvious thing you can do is to de-clutter the space. This is difficult for many people, but if you look at everything in the space, you'll likely find quite a few things you can do without. You might not have it in you, but this step may require some detached and ruthless heartlessness.
If you have a dresser with nothing in it, get rid of it. If there's a table that serves no purpose but to collect various pieces of paper, let it go. In some extreme cases, you may have to get rid of everything and replace it with one or two modern pieces of furniture. Even better if you can find furniture that serves multiple purposes.
2. Give your Furniture Space
Another thing you can do is to create space around your furniture. Don't let things group together. Instead, let them exist on their own with space around them. That space makes the area appear larger. It will also bring a modern and open look to your décor. This applies to your walls as well. Get your furniture off the wall.
For example, if you have a table sitting right next to a loveseat, and both are against the wall, then try moving the two things apart from each other. Then bring them just a bit off the wall and see if it does anything different for your space.
3. Use Light Colors
Light colors reflect light; this creates a nifty optical illusion of space. This works especially well if you have a lot of light in the room. It's the kind of effect that you really have to see for yourself to notice the difference it makes. Try going to a furniture store to see if you can notice the difference. In general, light coloring is better for smaller spaces.
This goes for furniture, the features, and anything else in the room. It doesn't have to look garish. You can use different shades of light colors in your décor.
4. Get Creative
There are many other tricks for making a small room seem larger. Your furniture choices will play a large role, but there are other things you can do as well.
Add mirrors – Well-placed mirrors will make any room seem larger.
Think vertically – Adding things like shelving or anything that draws the eye upwards.
Use stripes – Something like a striped rug that runs across the longest part of the room will make the room stretch.
There are tons of things you can do. Some research can help you, but even better, you can simply experiment using some of these ideas to guide you. But remember, it starts with your furniture. Find furniture that can help make your small space seem larger.