Author: António Sardinha
A small living room doesn’t mean you have to be cramped. Learn clever decorating sneaky tricks for giving your living room a more spacious feel and a bigger personality.
See also: Animal Prints in Luxury Living Rooms
1. Space It Out
Shoving furniture against the wall doesn’t guarantee a larger room. Try angling your favorite trick of floating the sofa in the living room with a skinny console behind it. Breathing room around your furniture lends the appearance of more space.
2. Paint with Light Hues
Dark colors are definitely design-friendly, but they make a room appear smaller. Stick to pale colors such as white, cream, pale grays and blues to keep it light, airy and open.
3. Hang Curtains High
Skip the dark-inducing drapes and leave your windows uncovered. This will trick your eyes into thinking that your pad’s got depth and reveal the natural landscape outside. If your room requires some privacy, try gauzy sheer white drapes for an airy feel that will keep prying eyes out.
4. Use Mirrors
Mirrors are the quickest way to make a room appear larger. While you may not want wall-to-wall, lean an oversized full-length one against a key wall or hang multiple ones salon style to create a statement wall.
5. Play with scale
Give your favorite items a little structure by arranging by color and height. Paint your walls, trim, and detailing in different shades of one color, such as white, off-white, and beige to expand a room. You can also try pairing gallery white walls with a very pale gray on trim and detailing for an open-air French-inspired room.
6. Fold It Up
Dining tables that are small or that have drop leaves, which allow it to become smaller when not in use are ideal for small areas, meaning you can make the most of your eating-slash-living area.
7. Pop Your Ceilings
While bright white opens up a room (on walls), going for a dark ceiling creates depth while fun fixtures draw your eye upward, creating the illusion of height.
8. Install Smart Lighting
Choose lighting that can be attached to the walls or hung from above to save room on floor space. In this 295 square foot New York studio, designed by Nick Olsen, swingarm lamps from Lamps Plus free up space on the side tables.
It’s easy to assume that you should decorate a small space with small furniture, right? But one prominent furniture piece such as a statement armchair will keep the space uncluttered and open.
Bring your artwork up to trick the eye and expand or accentuate the height of the room.
Try these 10 easy room-expanding tricks to help you maximize your square footage and please give us your feedback and keep an eye out for more interior design ideas.