The living room is the heart of most homes. It’s the place where you entertain guests, curl up on the sofa after a hard day at work, and play with your children. However, if your living room is particularly small, spending any length of time in there can seem unbearable, not to mention incredibly claustrophobic. Unfortunately, there’s nothing that you can do about this, so you’re just going to have to deal with it. Right? Well, actually, there are lots of things that you can do to make your living room seem bigger. Here are some clever things for you to try.
Clear the Clutter
A cluttered room is never going to feel spacious and comfortable, so the first thing that you need to do is get rid of some of your clutter. Go through everything in your living room and put everything that is broken or you no longer need or use to one side. Then you can decide whether to throw this stuff away, donate it, or sell it on. This should open up a lot of space and give you some room to breathe. With whatever is left, see if there is anything that can be put in another room or stored away.
Purchase Multipurpose Furniture
If you want a room with storage, a table, a chair, and a footstool then it’s going to feel pretty cramped. Well, that’s unless you buy furniture that can be used for all of these purposes. An ottoman, for instance, is a perfect example. Adding some extra storage to the room this way also means that you can put away things like books and DVDs so that they’re not taking up space elsewhere.
Mount on Walls
To make a room feel larger, you have to increase floor space wherever you can. A television, for example, can take up a lot of space on a stand but doesn’t if it’s mounted on a wall, making your room feel a lot larger. You should also consider mounting lamps to the wall, rather than having floor and table lamps taking up space, and could add shelves to the walls, rather than bookcases to the floor.
Leave Shelf Space
If you have a lot of books and ornaments to be stored, then mounted shelves might not be the best idea. However, having bookcases doesn’t mean that you can’t make your room look larger. All you need to do is leave some space on the shelves and not fill them up completely. These gaps will help to make the room feel more spacious. In this case, opting for a wall to ceiling bookcase is better, as you’ll still be taking up the same amount of space on the wall, but will be able to leave more space on the shelf itself.
Choose Cool Colours
White rooms almost always look larger than rooms of any other colour so it’s always sensible to incorporate as much white into a small room as you can. Of course, you might not want a room that’s entirely white, in which case you should incorporate cool colours like blues and light greens, as these will help your room feel a lot larger than bright colours.
Match Windows and Walls
A great way to make your living room feel more spacious is to match the colour of your curtains to the colour of your walls. If they were different colours, it would be obvious that your room stops at the window, but matching the colours gives the illusion that the room continues, thus making the room feel larger. This illusion works even better in a white room with white curtains.
Keep Windows Clean
Of course, this illusion won’t work at all if your windows are constantly dirty, as it’s clear where the room ends. Dirty windows will also decrease the amount of natural light in your living room, which is also important if you want the room to feel more spacious. To make cleaning easier, upvc windows and doors are a great choice. They require much less maintenance than wood and are incredibly easy to wipe clean, just like the glass.
Add Magic Mirrors
When it comes to making a room look larger, one of the best things that you can do is add a big mirror somewhere pivotal in the room. This works even better if the frame matches the colour of the walls. However, large mirrors can get pretty pricey, so you might want to consider buying one second hand, or group smaller mirrors together on a wall and simply paint their frames the same colour.
Choose Lighting Carefully
It may sound a tad dramatic, but lighting really can make or break a room. If you get it right, your room will look bright and spacious, but, if you get it wrong, it will look small and dingy. If you want your room to look bigger, the last thing that you want to do is rely on one overhead light, as this only lights up a small area in the room, making it appear smaller. Instead, add lamps, candles, and fairy lights to different places around the room, as this lights up the whole space.
Ditch the Door
If you want your living room to feel more spacious, and nothing above has worked, then it’s time to think bigger, and by bigger, I mean removing your door. This may seem like a drastic move, but it really will help to open the room up and will add some extra space, where you can now add photographs or storage. If you want to be able to get some privacy in your living room or simply preserve heat, then add a curtain rail above the door, so that you can pull a curtain across when necessary.
No one wants to have a small living room, and, luckily for you, you don’t have to. While these tips aren’t going to physically make your living room any bigger, they will maximise space and give the illusion of space, so that you can feel a lot more comfortable in the heart of your home.