The furniture trend that will make your small space feel bigger, according to interior designers

This surprising juxtaposition is a favorite among designers – and it's kickstarted a chic new craze

Oversized furniture in an apartment
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The question of how to accentuate space in a small room is a favorite debate amongst designers – but this latest tip is the most surprising secret yet. While the idea of filling a tiny space with oversized furniture may seem contradictory, industry experts agree that this contrasting theory is the trick to making a room feel bigger instantly. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, therefore, giant furniture is having a moment – as homeowners include in oversized furnishings of all shapes, colors, and textures. With this modern home decor idea, bigger is always better. Here, interior experts share their secrets – and your small room will thank you for getting involved.

Oversized furniture in a small room

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'A small room doesn't mean it needs small furniture,' begins Creative Director at Albion Nord, Camilla Clarke. In the discussion of her small living room ideas, Camilla urges you not to scale down on furniture but to go large and 'embrace a small sitting room with a large sofa,' meaning 'it becomes so much more inviting.' 

These large pieces fill your space and encourage your eyes to register the room as stylish, colorful, and welcoming – instead of small. Camilla is not exclusive in her adoration of oversized furnishings, as celebrity designer Joanna Gaines similarly uses large decor to create the illusion of size in a small-spaced project. 'In tighter spaces, people think you have to go smaller, but I always like to go the opposite,' she says.

For example, rather than filling your living room with a smaller sofa and creating room for extra tables and cabinets, it is better to choose an oversized sofa and skip the extra hard furnishings to make the room feel bigger.  

Oversized furniture trend

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As the power of large furniture becomes increasingly known, chic pieces such as these fun-filled bubbly pieces by Yabu Pushelberg, available at Ligne Roset (below). 

According to founder George Yabu, the trend is unsurprising as the pieces provide 'room for interpretation.' Large furnishings, in particular chairs, offer a 'choice in how [you] would like to engage and interact with their environment while providing a 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.  

Oversized furniture trend

(Image credit: Ligne Roset / Pukka Collection/ Yabu Pushelberg)

This unexpected interior design idea will make our spaces feel bigger, more welcoming, and instantly more stylish. If you haven't already invested in oversized decor, this is your cue. 

Megan Slack

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team.

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 whilst 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.

Megan currently lives in London, where she relocated from her hometown in Yorkshire. In her home, she experiments with interior design trends and draws inspiration from the home decor ideas she observes in her everyday work life. Her favorite pieces include her antique typewriter and her expansive collection of houseplants. When she isn’t writing, she is browsing London’s coffee shops and bookstores to add to her ever-growing library, taking over the open shelving in her apartment.