Small rooms can feel confining and uncomfortable. But certain designs can fool the eye and make interiors seem much more spacious than they are. A few ways you can accomplish this are through changing your color schemes, arrangement of furniture and smart lighting.
It is a known fact that light colors make a room look bigger and brighter. Light and bright walls are more reflective, and makes a space feel open and airy, which helps maximize the effect created by natural light.
Dark colors, on the other hand, tend to absorb light, making a room look smaller and more congested. We all know that white makes everything look bigger, but if you can’t face a blank canvas, opt for soft and light colours.
Vertical lines can be slimming because they elongate the silhouette. That same logic can apply to a living room, when you roll out a striped rug or use striped curtains. If you’re daring, consider having a striped floor. This will make your room look longer than it really is, it’s almost like magic! If your goal is to make your space look bigger, you’ll want to avoid heavy fabrics.
Thick curtains will absorb light and weigh the room down, making it seem smaller than it seems. Choosing light weight material be it for your curtains or your table cloths in your living room, such as linen will help the room feel airy.
Another commonly used décor to make rooms look brighter and bigger are the use of mirrors. Mirrors are not just for selfies! Not only do they reflect light, they also reflect the view, thereby tricking the eye into perceiving more space.
Strategically place a big one opposite your windows and watch your living room double in size. Hanging mirrors allows you to bounce light from windows and create the illusion of more square footage.
Floor length mirrors are a great way to make any space look taller. Their long shape draws the eye up and carries the gaze around the room, making any space feel lighter and brighter. Mirrors brighten the atmosphere up in your home notably by bouncing light in hidden haunted corners and making them seem harmlessly large.
Incorporating ceiling lights with details draws the eye upwards and adds height to a room. One ceiling lamp will only cast a pool of light on the middle of the floor. Instead, use multiple light sources around the room to open it up, such as floor lamps in corners and table lamps on sideboards, this will spread focus across the full area of the room.
One of the most common tricks for making a room seem bigger is to utilize vertical space. If you lack square footage but have a reasonably high ceiling, you can focus attention on this with tall, thin furniture and high shelves – and for your lighting try a long pendant hanging from the ceiling. It will draw the eye up and down, emphasizing the room’s height rather than its small floor space.
Just because your windows aren’t tall, it doesn’t mean your curtains have to be. Mount the curtains near to the ceiling and have extra-long drapes. This will make the ceiling look higher, and the space appear bigger.
Another trick to make your living room space seem bigger is to choose a point the longest view away from the door and put an accent piece in it. Whether it’s an unusual ornament or an interesting plant, your eye will be drawn to it and this will make your living room appear larger.
If you’ve got a small living room, then consider mounting your television. This way you’ll be able to free up floor space, a floating shelf placed just underneath is a great option for any television boxes or DVD players that need to be close by.
We hope that these tricks will help make your living room space seem larger!