We might not all have the megabucks required to extend our home, or even
start manipulating the space by repositioning walls. However, what is most
definitely possible in today’s day and age is the ability to trick the eye.
In other words, today’s article is all about how you can tap into quirky
techniques which can help you make your living room space much larger than it
really is. After all, this is probably one of the rooms in your home where you spend
the most time in, while it’s also probably the one where you are most likely to
entertain guests. Ultimately, looking small and intimate isn’t really the best
Let’s now take a look at some of the best advice to help you transform
the appearance of your small living room.
You might not be able to purchase your first-choice furniture
In an ideal world, a lot of us might have those huge modern corner
sofas, and everything else that shouts our premium. With smaller living rooms,
you have to think outside the box somewhat.
This means that your furniture choices are key, and opting for small
pieces are going to do the overall look of your room no-end of favors. It’s all
about scale and if you can choose those tables, sofas and other items that are
just a little leaner, you’ll soon find that your floor space expands
The scale rule works with lighting as well
We spoke about scale in the previous section, but it can be applicable
to each and every element of your living room. Lighting is no exception and
when you do have a smaller space, having a huge ceiling light is going to
Instead, get creative. Take a look at these delicate ceiling
lights by Pagazzi, and perhaps supplement them with wall lights and
other sources to help illuminate the room from smaller, multiple sources.
On the subject of lighting…
Now that we are on the topic of lighting, we should also talk about the
natural-factor. Lighting fixtures are great, but something which is even better
comes from natural light from the outside.
This is something that can reflect light around the room, which has been
found by countless studies to trick the eye into thinking it’s larger than it
really is. Of course, we’re not suggesting that you should install additional
windows here, but simple
tips like placing a mirror opposite a light source can multiply the
effect of natural light and make your living room appear much more sizeable.
Make the light spread to the walls
As you may have gathered already, playing with light is one of the best
tricks you can do when it comes to these small spaces. This next point is all
about paint and making sure that the walls of your room are as light as can be.
doesn’t have to be white, any light shade will suffice, but the
point we’re trying to make is that lighter walls will fool the eye into
thinking the space is larger than it really is. If you do want to add a splash
of dark, at least have this on the lower section of the walls before getting
lighter as the eye draws upwards. This will actually make the room feel taller
than it is.