Nobody likes a tight squeeze in their living room. It is the space that should be your favorite hangout and the place where family and friends gather. It can hardly be a pleasant place if you feel cramped and limited, though. Don’t let the square footage prevent you from having a comfy and inviting living room. There is a plethora of sneaky tricks you can use in order to make it appear bigger. We’ll present you just a few of them, and hopefully spark your imagination for future décor endeavors.
Show Some Legs
Covered furniture, especially if you have more than one piece, can create a true mess in a small room. It can even make the space look smaller than it actually is. If you want to make your living room look more spacious, you should opt for furniture with thin legs and open bottoms.
Scale It Down
You should also avoid bulky furnishings since they can make moving throughout the room more difficult. Instead, introduce smaller pieces that are proportional to the size of the room. Keep in mind that clean lines instead of carved and unordinary shapes can save you a lot of space, by perfectly fitting into corners and with each other.
Scale Something Up Too
Don’t go overboard with small furniture pieces. A bunch of little things in a small space can tighten things up visually. Have one large furniture piece (e.g. sofa or an armchair) in your living room to make it appear more comfortable and simpler.
Use Hidden Storage
Not all of your furniture has to show legs, some can serve a different purpose. Corner banquette or a sofa can include hidden storage beneath the seats, which can significantly reduce clutter and unload the shelves and closets.
Add a Light-Coloured Rug
Light-coloured floor rugs can open up any space and make it feel cozier and more pleasant. If you already have a wall-to-wall carpet in your living room, you can place an area rug over it, to get an even more comfy and layered look.
Glass elements are perfect for creating an illusion of a larger space, while making it appear lighter. You can introduce it through coffee tables, lamps, vases, shelves and cabinets.
Add Some Drama
If you would go through some of the rules for small space décor, you would see that keeping away from deep tones and bright colours is highly recommended, but we got news for you: some rules are made to be broken. Use bold shades to accentuate some architectural features (accent wall, fireplace, etc.) and create a visual interest.
Create Optical Illusions
Since you can’t literally make the space bigger, you can fake it. Large windows can create the illusion of spaciousness, but if you really want to give it your best shot, you should install indoor windows too, and include several mirrors. Place the mirrors on the opposite sides of the windows or the light source and they’ll create a reflection which will make the space appear larger.
Use the Power of Light
Speaking of light, besides the natural, you should pay attention to artificial light sources. Don’t rely on one overhead fixture at the center of the room. Spread the light around with multiple sources (floor lamps, task lights, table lamps, wall lamps, etc.). Long pendants can accentuate the height of the room, thus averting attention from its footage.
Create a Seamless Transition
One of the biggest interior design trends of 2017 is creating a seamless transition between the kitchen and the living room. Sure, we had open concepts before, but then the emphasis was on creating two different rooms in one joined territory. Now, it is all about losing the lines between the two spaces and using similar decorative elements to make the whole space look uninterrupted and harmonic.
In the end, don’t forget to have fun with the décor. The fact that your living room is small doesn’t mean that you should restrain yourself from being creative.
October 21, 2016