Shoebox living is never fun, but you can always make it more comfortable with some brilliant renovation ideas! Start with raising the roof, or well, but making it seem as though you've raised the roof.

Visually lengthen your walls and give the illusion that your home came with a high ceiling by making use of these seven easy tips:

OPT FOR RECESSED LIGHTING

1) Low hanging pendent lamps might make eye-catching statements, but they clutter up a ceiling and visually "weighs" your ceiling down. While recessed lighting might be "boring", it keeps your ceiling clean and spacious, lending to the illusion of a high ceiling.

KEEP YOUR FURNITURE LOW ON THE GROUND

2) The lower your furniture, the more empty space you have in your space. Think of all the head room you'll have if your bed is on the floor! With the ceiling further away from your bed, you could cover it in glow-in-the-dark stars and feel as though you're looking at the night sky!

RAISE THE HEIGHT OF YOUR WINDOW TREATMENTS

3) By raising window treatments such as your blinds or curtains, you trick the eye into thinking the windows are much larger than they actually are. This way you're creating the illusion of a bigger room as well. Remember not to pick heavy curtains if your home is exceptionally small!

PAINT YOUR CEILING WHITE

4) I'm sure there's no need to write about the merits of white! The versatile colour never fails to reflect more light into the room, creating a brighter atmosphere in your home.

LEAN A LARGE MIRROR AGAINST YOUR WALL

5) Mirrors on your wall are great for helping visually expand your room, but to create an illusion of great height, you need to tilt your mirror upwards!

VERTICAL STRIPES ON YOUR WALL

6) Draw the eye upwards by painting stripes on your wall. The bigger the contrast between the stripes, the more pronounced the effect.

LEAVE A GAP BETWEEN YOUR BUILT-IN STORAGE AND YOUR CEILING

7) The slight gap create the illusion that the ceiling is much higher than your storage units, when in actual fact, you're just shrinking your cabinets down a few sizes.