Not everyone has a big living room and some of us are forced to make compromises. Those compromises don’t have to be overwhelming if you know what you’re doing and that’s what today’s article is all about. We want to share a few tips to help you make your living room look and feel bigger. Here’s what we’ve got…
1. Mount Suspended Lighting
Suspending lighting from the ceiling or hanging it from the wall will make your room feel airy. This way, the light will also go into other spaces adjacent to your living room, making it seem bigger. Add some brains to this idea — i.e. use smart and dimmable bulbs — and you get a truly magnificent solution that will almost transform your living room.
2. Add a Fireplace
A fireplace in a living room doesn’t add just heat — it also increases the amount of light, making the place that much cozier for everyone in the room. Alas, not every living room is made to accommodate the fireplace, but those that are up for the task – should take advantage of this opportunity. Cause that what is – an opportunity to make your living room look bigger and better.
3. Get a Barn Door or a Curtain
Although it may sound weird, adding a barn door or a curtain could make your room feel more spacious. For instance, take a look at the Abhisekh Glass 42 and imagine how it could be used to mark off the varied spaces for diverse activities. One side of the living room could be dedicated to watching TV, the other for child’s play and then another one for your hobby. The sky’s the limit here.
4. High Ceilings Rock
High ceilings are especially great for smaller spaces as they help make the room feel, well, roomier. If this is how your living room looks, make sure to paint the ceiling white (if it isn’t already white). Alternatively, you could opt out for some other bright color which will help accomplish the same thing — make the room feel bigger.
5. Club Chairs Could be Better Than Sofas
While everyone likes sofas in a living room — they are kinda given — for smaller spaces they could be sacrificed for club chairs. These will, in turn, deliver the look and feel of a bigger and more comfortable room. In contrast, a big sofa in a small room looks kinda ridiculous even adding that cramped feel to the space. And that is something you’ll want to avoid at all costs.
6. Use Open Shelving
Open shelving rather than closets make a living room feel bigger. You will, however, have to put in some extra effort in order to make those open shelves look good. Guess that comes as given but it’s important to underline, or so we think. Cause with open shelves comes greater responsibility as Spiderman’s uncle would put it. Or… it was something similar. 🙂
7. Consider a Large Rug
Not something that will fit every living room but could be awesome for those with hardwood flooring. A large rug will help define different areas in a living room, with separate spaces adding that overall bigger look and feel. There is also another super power of larger rugs – it makes people feel cozier and that’s like some things you can’t buy with your MasterCard – priceless.
8. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
A mirror is a friend to every small space. In the bathroom, it helps you shave and, well, do other things we typically do in a bathroom. And in the rest of the house, it helps make a room feel bigger. The trick is in the mirror’s ability to multiply the amount of light that enters the living room through reflection. This effect makes the place feel bigger and lighter. Further, huge mirrors will also create a sense of depth, which will have a positive impact on your space.
9. Layered Coffee Table
It’s a good ol’ trick that will help you add extra space without taking up any. A layered coffee table has a lot of options for storage, making the living room feel large when used for small objects like books. One of the coolest options we’ve seen is the Tilden Lift Top 4 legs Coffee Tables but there are other worthy contenders out there, as well.
10. Art Placed Strategically
Last but not the least, the art helps any room feel better. It’s not an office nor a storage facility, and it’s small (or big) pieces of art that could make or break any living room. This one’s a bit in the eye of the beholder so you better know what you’re doing. Or not – it’s your living room after all and you have all the right in the world to make it look like you want. Go for it.
Hopefully, you can quickly adopt some of the tips outlined in this article. If you’re looking for an extra piece to add to your living room, I personally suggest checking out Wayfair’s website. It’s full of all kinds of furniture, accessories and just about anything else in between. I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for at Wayfair — and yes, that could also include some inspiration. Check it out.