8 easy ways to open up a small living room

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Living rooms are often the hearts of the home, a place where families and housemates relax and spend time together. As a result, they’re often filled with lots of furniture, knick-knacks and everything in-between. You can make a small living room feel more spacious by tweaking the interior design to help it look larger, whilst ensuring that it still blends with the overarching style of your home. Here are eight simple ways to achieve this.

Review and remove

Do a basic audit of the room. What don’t you use, need or like anymore? In the words of master tidier Marie Kondo, “Does it spark joy?” If not, it may be time to let it go. From old books to unloved heirlooms, revamping your living room is the perfect opportunity to think about what you keep and what you cull. 

Make it white and bright

When it comes to small spaces, dark colours can make rooms look much smaller than they actually are. The best way to overcome this is to choose light colours. A popular combination would be to opt for white walls and furniture whilst using light wood tones for the floor, to create a subtle contrast. But don’t stress if that isn’t your style. Soft and neutral shades for carpeting and furniture are just as effective.

Less is more

Minimalism is all about doing more with less. It’s a good philosophy to practice with overcrowded living rooms. Lose the bulky furniture and remove any item that isn’t practical or functional. Instead, try to select more delicate pieces and simplistic furniture styles so that you have more space to work with but still have everything you need to enjoy it.

Lighten up the room

Heavy window coverings can block natural light, as well as make a room feel more enclosed. Consider removing bulky blinds or curtains and replacing them with a more lightweight alternative. There are many options in the market that allow you to utilise natural light without having to compromise on maintaining your privacy.

Go green

Nothing brings a room to life more than some well-placed plants. In addition to looking good and bringing an element of the outdoors inside, plants also  have other benefits like boosting your mood, encouraging good health and providing cleaner air.

Mirror, mirror

A well-placed mirror is a simple but effective way to make your living room look bigger than it actually is. A tall mirror can elongate the space, while a broad, hanging mirror can create the illusion of more depth. Generally, the larger the mirror, the more effective it will be at reflecting light and creating a sense of space. 

Get clever with storage.

Storage is a must in small living rooms as it gives you the ability to hide what you don’t always need. Look at ways to reduce visual clutter, by opting for a sideboard to conceal any unneeded items. It might also be worth considering furniture that’s multi-purpose, such as coffee tables with storage built in underneath. This will eliminate the need to purchase additional pieces for storage purposes. Floating shelves are also a great way to utilise often-empty wall space, as long as it doesn’t become too overcrowded which can have a confining effect.

The case for a skylight

Lack of light is one of the things that can make small rooms feel tiny. Skylights are a great remedy for this as they introduce natural light to the space. Living rooms without windows may also benefit from multiple or a skylight window. A skylight window is also an ideal option for those wanting to use it for ventilation purposes and bring fresh air into their home.


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