If your living room feels cluttered, cramped, and claustrophobic, I promise that you’re not alone. This is an issue that many people have to face. What makes it so hard is that the living room supposed to be the heart of your home, and as such, it’s where you spend most of your time. It’s where you play with your children, entertain your guests, and relax after a hard day at work. Because of this, it’s understandable why you would want a bigger and more comfortable space. Thankfully, this isn’t as difficult to achieve as you might think. Here are three smart ways to make your small living room seem larger.
Blend With Other Rooms
When your living area is limited, it makes sense to open up the space and include other rooms to make it seem larger. You can do this by taking away the walls that separate your living room, dining room, and kitchen, to create one large, open area. An open plan design will create a bright and airy atmosphere, which will make the entire area seem more spacious. This design is particularly beneficial to families, as it also allows easier interaction between family members, as you can continue talking, even if one person is cooking and another is reading on the couch. Of course, you may not be able to make structural changes, in which case, removing the doors is another option.
Be Smart With Furniture
If you want your living room to appear larger, then you need to really think about the furniture you’re using and how you’re arranging it. After all, it is what takes up the most space in this area. If possible, you should remove a few unnecessary pieces or replace what you’ve got with smaller alternatives. For example, you could replace your large sofa with a couple of armchairs. You can also purchase multipurpose furniture, like ottomans, benches, and tv units with storage. If you have the room, you should position your furniture slightly away from the walls. This will create shadows behind, which will make the room seem larger.
Enhance The Natural Light
Anyone that knows anything about interior design knows just how important natural light can be. It’s brilliant for making a room of any size seem more open and airy. Because of this, it’s important that you do what you can to enhance the natural light in your living room. The first thing that you need to do is open up the curtains or blinds and make sure that the windows are clean. Then, you need to position a large mirror somewhere in the room to reflect this light. This will also give an illusion of depth. You should also consider painting your walls in lighter colours, as they also reflect natural light, as opposed to darker tones, which absorb it.
Small living rooms can be a nightmare, but they don’t have to stay this way. All you need to do is trick the eye. Hopefully, these tips will help you to do this, and create the bright and open living space you deserve.