Living rooms are where most of us spend time relaxing or gathering with family and guests, making them one of the most-used rooms in our homes. While smaller living rooms offer plenty of benefits, they can leave you feeling confined at times. The good news is that with a few changes, you can make your living room area feel larger than it is.
Here are our five favorite tips to help get the most of a small living space and make it feel roomier.
Use Hidden Storage
One of the main reasons a living room can feel small is because of clutter. It’s okay, we’ve all been there, sometimes stuff can just begin to accumulate in our homes. You can combat this problem by adding furniture that doubles as storage.
Maximize Your Furniture Layout
When designing the layout of your furniture, the larger pieces should be placed against the wall. This will help maximize the space in the room. It’s important that you measure the area and find furniture that fits to scale and remember, try not to block pathways.
Add a Mirror
If you’re looking to make your small living room appear big, one trick is adding a mirror. While a large mirror will work best, small and medium-sized mirrors will also give off the illusion that the room is bigger than it is.
Bonus Tip: Furniture pieces with mirrored surfaces, such as a chest of drawers or coffee table can have a similar effect.
Fake a High Ceiling
For this tip, the emphasis is on fake. It’s not realistic to actually change the height of your ceiling, so the next best thing you can do is to make it appear that your ceiling is higher than it is.
Paint your ceiling lighter than the walls, preferably white or another light color. Some designers suggest painting beyond the ceiling edge onto the top of the walls. In other words, paint the top two or three inches of ceiling around the perimeter of the ceiling to trick the eye into seeing a higher ceiling.
Include a Rug
Incorporating the right-sized rug into your living room can help draw the eye wider, thus making your living room area appear larger. A common decorating mistake is getting a rug that is too small. When searching for a rug, a general rule to keep in mind is that there should be about 10 – 20 inches between the rug and the wall. Your rug should be able to reach under the legs of major furniture pieces. If your rug stops short of your furniture, it’s fair to say it’s too small.
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