The clue’s in the name: living room. No matter its size or dimensions, this is probably the room in your house in which you’ll be spending most of your time – you need to make the most of it! Here are some tips on how to make a small (or just average) room look bigger and better.
Colours like white, lavender and beige are timeless, and they make any room feel bigger and more open. There is a scientific explanation behind that – light colours reflect light. Use some light-coloured furniture to match!
If you can, get a hold of lots of different light fixtures – different sources of light will draw the eye around and make the room seem bigger. This also gives you a chance to experiment with colours – a blue light will make the room seem cooler; a pink one will make it seem warmer. You can get lighting devices that will change colour at the touch of a button – it could be a very worthy investment!
Use smoke and mirrors! (but mostly mirrors)
Ever been in an elevator and noticed the big mirror covering one side of it? Of course you did, but you probably didn’t notice you noticed it! It’s there to make a small space seem bigger (and, in the case of the elevator, less intimidating) and the same principle can apply to your living room. Mirrors will make your room seem bigger! Don’t go too overboard, but a mirror or two on the walls could go a long way.
Many people find that using flowers and plants in strategic spaces also add to a feeling of roominess. If that’s what you’re into, by all means go for it- if it creates a seamless transition between your living room and your garden, all the better!
Have a clearout
People’s living rooms frequently get cluttered with magazines, mugs, discarded jackets and all sorts. Make sure to tidy up and put everything back where it belongs! If some things don’t seem to belong anywhere, there are solutions for that too.
Invest in some clever storage solutions
If you’re a bookworm (for example) you may despair over where to actually keep all the hundreds of books you can’t bear to part with. But help is on the way! Why not store your books/other valuable items under your stairs, giving yourself not only extra space, but also something cool and unusual for guests to comment on? Or perhaps make your books a focal point of the room by displaying them on the wall - why not try floating bookshelves, or something bright and bold that will attract the eye?
Use some feng shui
Many people dismiss feng shui as just mysticism, but it has practical elements too. For example, if you have a desk in your living room, positioning it opposite the door allows you to see who is entering and exiting the room, giving you a sense of control. If you want to avoid distractions in your everyday life, try placing your TV somewhere inconspicuous, rather than in the center of the room like most people do. Simple!