Do you feel like you have a tiny living room? Visitors often see the living room first when they enter through your front door. It sets the tone for the guests’ feelings about the rest of your home. It is also for relaxing with your family and entertaining visitors. Most living room ideas revolve around tricking the eye into making the area appear more spacious. This is because making the space physically larger would make you incur high costs in remodeling. Below are simple and budget friendly ways in which you can decorate your living room to make it look bigger.
1. Draw the eye upwards
A room has both vertical and horizontal dimensions. If your living room has a high ceiling, use the extra space by decorating it in a manner that draws the eye upwards. This can be accomplished through floor to ceiling drapes. You can also fill the vertical space with a collection of small and midsize artwork. Since the technique invites the eye to roam around the room beyond the eye-level horizontal space hence making the room feel larger than it actually is.
2. Decorate with mirrors
Decorating small spaces with mirrors makes them appear larger. A large mirror can hang at a central location creates a focal point. Place a light source such as a candle or pendant lamp in front of the mirror to reflect the light and add a nice ambiance.
3. Choose furniture with a lightweight appearance
Consider the visual weight of furniture when shopping. Pieces with a heavier appearance will seem to constrict space as compared to pieces with a lightweight appearance. Any furniture that does not obstruct views such as glass tables will take less visual space because you can see through them, than wooden ones which you cannot.
4. Concentrate on the floor
Since it takes up a significant amount of space of your whole house, it is one of the highest impact areas in your living room. Consider using flooring material such as carpet or wood, throughout the living room floor and adjoining rooms. This would visually expand the space. Avoid using contrasting colors so as not to distract the eyes of your guests.
5. Take advantage of the walls
The walls define the size of the room, how you decorate it can create a larger visual appearance. Living room decoration emphasizing wall’s height draws the eye up and makes the room appear bigger. Hanging floor-length curtains close to the ceiling and using bookshelves compels guests to look up.
6. Arrange for Traffic Flow
One sign of a large space is uninterrupted movement. You can achieve this by arranging your furniture in a way that allows everyone to move smoothly throughout your living room. Allow enough room to perform common tasks around the room. Such tasks include opening and closing window coverings and curtains, reaching for light switches, etc.
7. Select small scale furniture
One of the easy ways to make your living room space appear larger is by purchasing furniture that won’t seem to dominate the space. You could choose sofa sets with thin arms, and if space is tight, you can avoid buying a couch entirely. An option you can go with is positioning four chairs around a coffee table. Armless chairs will take up less space than those with arms.