How to Make Any Small Room in Your Vacation Rental Home Look Larger

Posted by Team Donovan on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 at 9:43am.

The growing vacation rental market has raised the standards of today’s travelers. The features and amenities that Haines City vacation homes provide make traditional (and more costly) hotels pale in comparison.

Having more space is a major draw for travelers looking to get the most out of their vacation. But that may be difficult for homes that are smaller than the other properties listed on rental platforms. 

Knowing how to make a small room look larger enhances the appeal of your rental home, the experience it delivers to guests, and the return you receive on your home investment. 

Reduce and Remove to Create More Space 

The easiest way to increase the size of any room is to get rid of unnecessary items. Travel guests don’t need too many things outside of the following: 

  • Essential kitchen items
  • Television
  • Internet 

It’s okay to include items that guests might take advantage of such as books, board games, and children’s toys. But they can occupy limited space and create the clutter that makes a room feel smaller. 

Removing items and reducing clutter instantly makes a room look more spacious. Display your clutter-free home in the images you use in your online listings. 

Color Makes Your Home Bigger and Brighter 

Lighter colors in small spaces make them look and feel larger. In contrast, any room that’s painted in dark colors appears to have less space. If the room is especially small, darker shades can make guests feel cramped. 

The ideal color choices include different shades of white and bright pastels. Choose colors that complement the features and design of your home for best results. 

Bright colors create a clean appearance and illuminate your home, further adding to its appeal to guests and prospective renters. Add flowers and other accessories to further enhance the colors you use. 


Using large mirrors is an easy way for homeowners to increase the perceived size of their home’s interior. 

They can be placed in any part of the home, and they’re especially useful in small spaces such as hallways and bathrooms. They redirect natural light and help illuminate dark areas in your home. 

Position your mirrors strategically to make the most use out of window light. For instance, a floor-length mirror placed on the wall opposite the door that leads to a small room tricks the eye into thinking the room is larger than it really is. Also, place mirrors in a visible area so they’re easily seen when entering any room. 

Knowing how to make a small room in your vacation rental look larger increases the value of your home to potential renters. It increases satisfaction among guests, leading to more positive reviews and future bookings. 

Haines City vacation homes are available in a wide range of designs and sizes. But owners of smaller homes can use simple strategies to compete with the larger properties on the vacation rental market. 

Team Donovan specializes in the sale and purchase of vacation homes in Haines City and the surrounding areas. 

We can help you find the perfect holiday home that appeals to your future short-term rental guests while maximizing the value of your home investment. Contact us today for a free consultation at 407-705-2616.