You may have spent a decent amount of time this year already re-arranging furniture around your home to create more space and a different feel in your home. But if you’re still wondering how to create the illusion of more space in a small living room, we have five tricks that will make even the smallest of living rooms feel more expansive and a little less “cosy”.
Add a large area rug
It may sound counterintuitive but adding a large area rug to rest just under the front half of your couch and underneath where you may have a coffee table and a side chair can give the illusion of a larger living space. Not only does it give you an opportunity to add more colour and texture to your space, but a rug also helps to separate a multi-purpose area into zones. Creating these zones is particularly important if part of your living room is now your office as well.
Mount curtain rods high
Give the illusion of taller walls by mounting your curtain rods a little higher than normal. If you need to make any changes to your walls with brackets and attachments, make sure you speak to your landlord first to check that it’s ok to change your window furnishings.
Go vertical with shelves
It might be tempting to buy shelving that’s easy to reach but playing with some vertical shelving in your space can make your walls feel taller, and, as a result, create a more spacious feel. By adding vertical shelving to a space, you’re increasing the useable area in a room where it may have previously been empty wall space. This creates the illusion of more space.
Reduce your furniture
Clutter can quickly make a room feel small. If you’re aiming to make your living area feel bigger and more spacious, reduce the amount of furniture in the room and make sure the pieces you do have are suitably proportioned for the space.
Invest in the right lighting
Having the right lighting in a space is also key to making a room feel bigger. Lighting that illuminates dark corners and high up onto your walls will brighten up your space without the need for lots of stark ceiling lighting. You can also try adding string lights to your space if you’re looking to add something fun.
While you may be getting tired of being at home so much this year, or even if life is relatively “normal” around your neighbourhood, getting creative with the living areas in your home is a great way to see your space in a new light while learning how to play with light, height and textures.
Remember, this article does not constitute financial or legal advice. Please consult your professional financial and legal advisors before making any decisions for yourself.