Is your living room tight and cosy? With the right interior design strategy, it’s easy to transform a cramped and cluttered living room into something that feels big and spacious.
From maximising natural light to ‘anchoring’ your furniture against walls to upsize your functional floor space, these 10 interior design tips will help make your small living room feel more spacious and comfortable.
1. FOCUS ON LIGHT PAINT AND WALLPAPER
Nothing makes a room feel tiny and constricted like a dark colour scheme. Stick to light colours when you’re decorating your living room to make it feel bigger than it really is.
This is because light colours trick your eye into believing that a space is larger than it actually is. Another great visual trick is to use a monochromatic colour scheme in which your room is decorated using different shades of a single colour.
By keeping your colour scheme light, simple and free of contrast, you can trick your mind into perceiving your living room as being more spacious than it really is.
2. USE MIRRORS TO MAKE YOUR LIVING ROOM FEEL BIGGER
Is your living room starved for natural light? Rooms lit artificially tend to feel a lot smaller than they really are. They’re also much more likely to make you feel stress or fatigue during the day, since artificial light saps your body of energy.
One of the best ways to make your living room feel lighter and more airy is with a mirror. Choose a wall that gets plenty of natural light and install a mirror to reflect that light back and illuminate the rest of the room, increasing its perceived size.
3. STORE SMALL ITEMS UNDER SOFAS, TABLES AND CABINETS
Do you own hundreds of books, DVDs or other small items that take up lots of space in your living room? Double up on your furniture and store them under sofas, tables and cabinets to save space and give your living room a quirky, cool look.
You can also use this trick to save space and sort possessions in your bedroom. Keep shoes, books, and other wide but short items underneath your bed or cabinet to add functional space to your room and eliminate clutter.
4. ‘ANCHOR’ SOFAS AND OTHER LARGE FURNITURE TO WALLS
Poorly placed furniture can make even the most spacious living room feel cramped and uncomfortable. Make your small living room feel bigger than it is by ‘anchoring’ large items against the walls.
Keep your sofa up against one wall, your television set against another, and a table or bookshelf on another. By keeping the middle of the room open, you’ll increase its functional living space and have enough room for a coffee table or ottoman.
5. MAXIMISE YOUR LIVING ROOM’S NATURAL LIGHT
Natural light does wonders for your living room’s perceived size. Keep your curtains open and maximise the amount of natural light that enters your living room. A great view can often ‘upsize’ a room substantially by adding visual square footage.
If your living room has small windows and expansion isn’t an option, consider using a skylight to increase light levels. Even a small daylighting system can expand your living room visually, as well as reducing your dependence on artificial light.
6. USE MULTIFUNCTIONAL FURNITURE TO REDUCE CLUTTER
When space is at a premium, your furniture should perform more than one job. Use multifunctional furniture such as double-layered coffee tables or sofas with hidden storage compartments to declutter a cosy living space.
If you don’t have much to store, you can also double up on storage furniture. Keep your books safe and sound inside your entertainment unit’s shelving, or put small stereo speakers in your bookcase instead of using floor stands.
7. MOUNT YOUR TELEVISION ON THE WALL TO SAVE SPACE
DVD players and gaming consoles keep getting smaller, but modern TVs are getting bigger and bigger. Solve the size conundrum by mounting your TV on the wall and using a smaller-than-normal entertainment unit to store your digital equipment.
Since you don’t need to store your television on top, you can often store all of your entertainment gear inside a small hi-fi unit. Alternatively, you can mount your TV and use the top of your entertainment unit to store books, DVDs and other items.
8. USE CLEAR FURNITURE TO MAXIMISE VISUAL SPACE
Nothing blocks out sunlight like dark, wooden furniture. Make your living room feel bigger by switching your wooden coffee table for a clear glass version to let sunlight flow naturally throughout your living room.
Clear entertainment units and shelving can also increase the perceived size of your living room. Be careful about installing glass furniture in bright areas, however, as light glare can become a major annoyance in bright, naturally lit living rooms.
9. ADD A RUG FOR INTERESTING VISUAL CONTRAST
Adding a rug to your living room is one of the best ways to expand it from a purely visual perspective. Rugs are particularly effective at ‘upsizing’ a living room when they’re lighter than your flooring, such as a cream rug on a dark wooden floor.
Combine a rug with our furniture-against-the-walls strategy to maximise your living room’s functional space without making it feel too bare and empty. A rug and coffee table can work wonders when it comes to giving your living room visual appeal.
10. WHENEVER YOU CAN, STORE ITEMS VERTICALLY
Vertical storage can make even the smallest of living rooms a fantastic place to store and organise your books, DVDs and possessions. Instead of buying a large cabinet or entertainment unit, downsize your furniture and store items on wall shelving.
Use bookshelves to store vases, antiques and other items and reduce the amount of space required around your sofa for end tables. Vertical shelving can be used for an incredible range of items, from books and DVDs to table lamps and vases.
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With the right mix of light and furniture, even a small living room can feel spacious.