If you have a small living room, things may feel a bit cramped and cluttered from time to time, unfortunately you can’t make your living room physically better (unless you have planning permission and a few thousand to spend on an extension) but with some interior décor trickery, you can make your living room FEEL bigger and less cramped.
What can you do to make your living room feel larger and look bigger? Well read on and discover some techniques you can use in your home to make your living room feel and look larger than it actually is!
Use Up-Lighting To Make Your Ceilings Feel Higher
If you want to make your living room appear taller, you can use upward facing light to achieve that effect. Most living rooms will have downward lighting from the ceiling, but light coming down from above can actually make your living room appear smaller and more cramped.
So, to give the illusion of having higher ceiling you can use floor or wall mounted lighting which directs light upwards rather than downwards. The effect of this up lighting will help cut down on shadows which can make a room feel cluttered and with a well lit ceiling it will appear that your living room is taller.
Use Horizontal Stripes To Make Your Room to Appear Bigger
Stripes have long been a good way to augment how big a room appears to be, so if you’re looking to make your living room feel larger, stripes are a great place to start, specifically horizontal stripes as they will make your living room appear to be larger.
The easiest way to add stripes like this to your living room is to simply paint thick horizontal stripes onto your walls or use a wallpaper with a striped design. There are other things you can do to add horizontal stripes of course like using day and night blinds in your windows, but painting or wallpapering your living room will be the easiest way to add stripes.
Use Light Colours To Give The Feel Of More Space
Using lots of light and neutral colours can help you make your living room feel a lot larger, thanks to how our eyes perceive colour and light using light and neutral colours in your living room will make it appear to be less cluttered and more open, giving you the appearance of a larger living room.
You can get this simply by painting your walls and ceilings in a lighter colour, not all walls will need to be light though. If you want to draw attention to certain wall you can have a darker feature wall, or if you want to make your living room appear longer in any direction you can simply paint two walls opposite each other in a darker tone to stretch your room out.
That’s it, three really simple and easy décor tricks you can use in your own home to make your living room appear more spacious, open and less cluttered!