Cramping our lives into small spaces can be quite a trouble, especially when it comes to our living room where we receive and entertain guests, watch TV, and maybe even have a home office. When done well, small living rooms might feel like cozy retreats, but when done badly they can look claustrophobic and stress-inducing spaces. If you want to achieve the former, instead of the latter, you will have to invest some effort and unleash your creative spirit. Do not worry, you do not have to do everything on your own. Here are a few hints for making your living room visually more spacious.
Use Light Hues
Dark hues can truly elevate the room’s design, but when it comes to a small room they can make it appear even smaller. White, on the other hand, and other neutral light colors can open up a room and make it feel airy and light.
If you use the same shade for the walls and the ceiling the lines between them will be blurred, which makes the ceiling appear higher. Also, lighter hues can simplify the décor and emphasize the architecture. If white is too boring and ordinary for you, use pastels, white coffee shade, beige, or this year’s hit – Pantone’s twin shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity.
By the Power of Light…
Allowing natural light to enter the room can only further enhance the effects of the light hues of the walls and the ceiling. Large windows can instantly connect the room with the outdoors, making the space feel spacious and free. Make sure you do not minimize this effect by using dark curtains, and hang sheer ones instead. If you do not have an access to natural light from your living room, you can use various lighting fixtures, and layer the lighting solutions (overhead light, wall lamp, floor lamp, etc.).
Tidy and Organized Living Room
Clutter is small room’s enemy number one. Not only it diminishes the entire décor style you are trying to achieve, but it also makes you and your guests nervous, anxious and claustrophobic. Leave the walls bare (you can hang a single wall clock or one large painting), and keep all the accessories at a minimum. Create one focal point which, in the case of the living room, is almost always the area with a TV, and direct all the furniture towards it. Also, keep the floor mostly clear, and get rid of the wall-to-wall carpets. Instead, use a monochromatic area rug or a white rug with stripes to visually elongate the space.
Be Clever with Storage
The need for store a lot of things in a living room drives us to over-clutter it with a number of items.
To save the much-needed space you can opt for vertical storage solutions for your books, souvenirs, accessories, etc. Also, you can acquire some multipurpose furniture, like a couch, bench, club table, etc. with drawers or open space for storing your stuff.
Embrace the Corners
Sure, modern-shaped furniture pieces can be amazing decorative elements, but when you are dealing with a small space, you can benefit from the streamlined style with corners that can fit perfectly into the space. On the other hand, a round coffee table can perfectly contrast the overly “cornered” look. You can also use large prominent furniture pieces (not more than two) to keep the space more open.[AdSense-A]
Glass and Mirrors
Mirrors are one of the quickest ways to make the room seem visually larger. A large wall-to-wall mirror might be too much for a living room, but you can opt for one statement mirror or several smaller ones on your focus wall.
Items made of glass can also contribute to the illusion of spaciousness. Include glass in your décor with a coffee table or a china closet. You can also cheat with translucent plastic chairs.
Create a Sense of Movement
What makes a room seem large? It is the time your eye needs to travel around it. You will easily achieve that sense of movement by emphasizing either vertical or horizontal design. Vertical or horizontal shiplap, for instance, can make a space seem taller or deeper. You can also use tall furniture pieces (shelves, coat racks, etc.) to make your eyes travel up for a long time, or long wall shelves, large and elongated couches, etc. to create an illusion of depth.
Not all of us are blessed with unlimited space in our living room, but we can always go for the “fake-it-til-you-make-it” solutions. This is essentially not so difficult to do and it is definitely worth your time. Your only limitations are your own imagination and creativity.
Chloe is an art historian, recreational ballet dancer and a contributor at smoothdecorator.com. She is passionate about photography, dancing, and music. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. You can find Chloe on FB, Twitter, and G+.