Kelly Hoppen shares clever trick to instantly make small rooms feel bigger – aimed at curtains!

The interior guru shares her simple design tips

‘Is your lounge looking a little lacklustre?' asks This Morning host Dermot O'Leary. If the answer is yes, it could be as simple as ditching the curtains according to Kelly Hoppen's design advice.

The ‘queen of interiors’ appeared on This Morning again this week, after the show was inundated with questions after the last time. Kelly was back to aid viewers with more of their decor dilemmas.

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The famous interior designer was broadcast live from her own stunning home in West London to share her top design tips. It's a segment of the show we adore, with Kelly Hoppen's design advice offering the nation a free design consultation of sorts, to help shape our home decor.

Kelly Hoppen's design advice for small spaces

‘It’s sometimes just the smallest thing,' Kelly explains, 'that because I’ve been in the business long enough I can look at it and see. Often people focus on something which really doesn’t need to be changed.’ Instead she suggests it can be as simple as changing a few little tiny things to make all the difference – such as the curtains.

A beige living room with salmon pink curtains containing three sofas arranged around an upholstered coffee table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Rachael Smith)

Caller Wendy joins the show asking for help to elevate her lounge – it just needs some TLC she says. While Kelly is quick to suggest mounting the TV onto the wall and painting the whole room white to make it feel bigger and brighter, her most insightful tip to make the space feel more generous is to ditch the curtains!

To give context Wendy reveals she has a small bay window with dark curtains hanging either side and is struggling to know how to dress a bay window.

Kelly offers her advice: 'I would put blinds up rather than curtains, which would actually make the room seem taller.’ What a great insider design tip to help make any small space feel instantly larger. The free space either side of the windows would create the illusion of airy space. So simple, yet so brilliant.

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A white living room with beige blinds, a sofa, modern coffee table, and TV.

(Image credit: Future PLC/Alexander James)

‘What do you think about that Wendy?' Dermot’s co-presenter Alison Hammond asks. And her gleeful response is, of course, ‘I think that would be better’. Another happy homeowner helped with Kelly’s infinite interior wisdom.

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Alison also thanked Kelly for helping her rearrange her own home. She recalled to Kelly: ‘As everyone knows you helped me move a table, change a picture, move a mirror – and it just did wonders for my place.'


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.