If you have a smaller home, you don't need to add square footage to make the home appear a bit larger. There are a few tricks that can help make the house have more room and give the appearance of being a bit larger than it is as well.
Keep Windows Bare - One way to make a small home feel larger is to limit window coverings. More light feels like more space. If you still need your privacy, try using blinds you only lower when needed or use sheer, light window coverings. *Tip: If bare seems empty to you, consider adding some decor around the window or maybe a decorative swag of fabric or greenery.
Install Sliding Doors - The sliding barn door in a home has been quite the design accessory these days, however, in a small home they actually add needed space. When a door opens into a room, you lose some area, not only one way but if it is open the other way as well. A sliding door doesn't. Also, a sliding patio type door has the same effect in a room--plus the added bonus of extra light like a window! *Tip: if you are building a small home, consider pocket doors to save even more space.
Use Open Shelving - Cabinets take up a lot of space and in a small kitchen and they may make you feel closed in. Eliminate one or two and put up open shelving instead. Open shelves can still hold a lot of items, however, don't overload or add just a bunch of random things, because that will make the space feel small (and cluttered). *Tip: If removing cabinets isn't an option, you could always remove a cabinet door (or two) and paint the inside of the cabinet a nice color. This will add depth, which will trick the eye to making the room feel larger as well.
Keep it Monochrome - Using color can change how large or small a space feels. If you decorate in all the same light color, but add interest by using all sorts of different textures and patterns, the room will appear larger. *Tip: White doesn't have to be the only option. Pastel shades, or other neutrals will have the same effect.
Use the Outdoors - Another way to make a space seem larger is to take it outside! Add comfy furniture to your patio or maybe an outdoor cooking space. Have an outdoor play space for kids or adults when you entertain as well. Make a comfy reading space in your yard for a quiet, nice place to go when the weather allows. *Tip: Update a shed into a little studio or nice place to have some quiet time as well!
A home doesn't have to be large to look and feel comfortable. Sometimes, you just need a few good tricks to not only make it appear larger, but, to feel that way, too.