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Decorating Ideas to Make Small Living Rooms Look Big

Designing a small living room is challenging because of the psychological impact that confined spaces can have on our well-being. Everything from the colour scheme to the type of furniture you buy can affect how big or small the room feels and therefore needs to be carefully planned out.

To help make your living room appear larger than it actually is, we’re going to provide some decorating ideas for small living rooms that are easy to understand and quick to implement.

Use a Light & Neutral Colour Pallet

It is well-known that white and light tone colours can make a room visually larger when lit by natural daylight because they trick the eye into thinking that the space is more open.

It is worth remembering that the colour of the natural light we receive from the sun does change throughout the day and can influence the appearance of your living room wall colours, depending on which side its window faces (north, south, east, or west). For example, if you have an east facing window, the rising colour of the sun will be pinky and make your living room appear warmer until the sun reaches a height where it becomes natural.

Contemporary Living Room by London Design-Build Firms Amara Property Investments Ltd

One technique to try out is called colour blocking which involves using a bold colour on one architectural feature to draw your attention as it comes forward from the rest of the room’s neutral tone. It doesn’t have to contrast with the rest of the room but it should make a bold statement. This will actually make the room feel larger and would work perfectly on a chimney breast or even a furniture item like a book case.

Perfect example of colour blocking:

Also, painting the ceiling and its coves in a plain white or lighter toned colour compared to the walls will visually raise it.

Allow Space to Breathe Around Furnishings

Large, cumbersome furniture can easily occupy the space in your living room, however, it is much more preferable to have a few large items rather than many small furnishings that create visual clutter.

Allowing some visual space around and underneath that furniture is essential to make a small room feel bigger by creating optical flow, however, these need to be thought of before purchasing it.

Open-legged seating is one way to achieve this visual flow because the actual seat is raised off of the ground to reveal a good amount of floor space beneath it, making the room’s floor seem much larger. You should also set the back of a sofa at least a foot away from the wall to make it prominent from the rest of the decor – a similar technique to colour blocking that makes the wall appear more open.

Nicolas Antique Tan Vintage Tub Sofa, an open-legged chair from our range of living room sofas.

If on the other hand you have a regular sofa that hides the legs with upholstery you should set the furniture further back towards the walls in order to reveal more floor space in front of it.

Let the Outdoor Light Shine In

Avoid obstructing the flow of light into your living room by using simple drapes or blinds without frills and pretty bits dangling from them. The more light you let in, the more spacious the room will appear as it is reflects off of and illuminates your living room’s colour scheme.

De-cluttering your window is also advisable, however, if you happen to have an ugly view beyond the window that is distracting just place a small potted plant in front of it to draw the eye but still allow plenty of light in.

Placing a large mirror on a nearby wall to the window or opposite it will help the available daylight to travel further around the room and add another visual dimension to the room by making the wall look like a doorway to another, albeit identical, room.

Try Multifunctional Furniture

As we said earlier, it is better to have large items of furniture rather than plenty of little items. It is even better when it serves multiple purposes e.g. ottomans and footstools with built-in storage are very popular living room items because of their comfort-aiding function and ability to neatly organise anything from DVDs and television remotes to soft furnishings that occupy the couch when you’re not using it.

Coffee table with built in storage from our range of coffee tables.

Replace Rugs With Hardwood Flooring

To make the floorspace appear huge, light tone hardwood or laminate flooring is preferred over carpet because its ability to reflect light rather than absorb it. If carpet is needed to protect the floor from a coffee table, for example, then a rug that neatly contains such furniture can be used. You could also make it a bold colour to make the floor space around it widen visually.

Use Clear Glass Tables

From television stands to coffee tables, you could use a glass coffee table made of tempered glass to allow light to travel through it and to make the flooring appear larger as you won’t be obstructing it like a solid oak table would.

Hang a Shorter Light Fitting

So you might have painted your ceiling a lighter tone but you’ve kept the original low-hanging lights – this will dwarf your rooms visual height as it will appear to be as tall as the lowest part.

Using a light fitting that is closer to the ceiling and dotted around the room can be just as effective at lighting up the space when required but also make the ceiling feel appear very high. Spotlights that are embedded into the ceiling are the most extreme way to do this.

Scale Down the Height of Your Seating

Short-backed sofas and chairs are ideal to raise the ceiling even further but still provide great comfort. Combine this with open-legged seating and you’re on to a deceptive winner that will visually enlarge the room.

Bayliss 3 Seater Black Leather Sofa, a low-backed sofa from our range of living room sofas.

De-clutter the Walls

As nice as it is to have many pictures of family members, holidays, graduations, etc. – all of it can be overwhelming and messy. One large picture can be just as effective as plenty of little ones so try being decisive with what you want to display in your living room.

Keeping the walls as clear as possible is essential to allow them to gain visual width. The more you add to it, the closer they feel because of the extra layers of photo frames – the exact opposite of what we are trying to achieve in this article.

1 Comment

  1. WOW! The ideas are great,design are very creative. I would like to try it in my bedroom. Is there any video tutorial available from where I can learn?