Your living room may be considered small (we prefer the term cosy, anyway), but this doesn’t mean it needs to feel that way. There are many ways to make your living space look larger. Here are five ideas.
You’re sure to spend a lot of time in the living room; unwinding after a long day, catching up with friends, and spending quality time with loved ones. That’s why you want to ensure you do your space justice and make the most of it.
We all want our homes to feel large and spacious, even when they’re on the smaller side, says Michael.
Below, the couple share their expert tips to help you do the same with your space.
1. Zone your space with a rug
Start from the bottom by laying a rug appropriately sized to your space. Be careful not to choose a rug too small or conversely, too large; you’ll find choosing a poorly proportioned rug will have the opposite effect.
“A rug is key to zoning your space and providing an anchor for all of your furniture,” says Carlene.
Colour is another key consideration. Bright hues may be tempting, but if creating the illusion of space is the end goal, then you’re much better off opting for neutral hues, or choosing a vintage, faded-looking pattern.
2. Plan your layout
Despite what you’ve been told, Michael says there is usually a right or wrong way for furniture placement.
“You have no idea how many spaces I’ve seen compromised by poorly placed sofas or coffee tables,” says Carlene. “We’ve seen people make the mistake of getting excited and buying furniture before they’ve worked out where it’s going to go. Good planning means mapping out your space before going shopping.”
3. Measure your space before buying furniture
“When it comes to a space as important as the living room, you need to buy the right sized furniture,” says Michael. The sofa is the centrepiece of any living space, and the size of yours can either make or break the whole space.
To ensure you nail it, Michael advises measuring up your space accurately – because nothing will make your room look smaller than a sofa that hangs out in front of a doorway.
4. Maximise storage
Storage solutions don’t always involve bulky boxes and chests of drawers. According to Carlene, you can enjoy nifty storage solutions without compromising on style.
Decorate with a vintage trunk, woven baskets, and choose a television unit with cupboards and extra space on top.
“Make sure you dress your TV unit, which you can do with books and small decor by creating little vignettes,” says Carlene.
5. Go for a gallery wall
Displaying art is great for showing off your personal style, but popping a print or painting on every wall can box in your space and make it feel more compact.
A gallery wall is a great way to pull the eye to one area, plus, it’s a great way to mask unsightly technologies.
“Let’s face it, the TV is a bit of an eyesore and positioning a gallery wall behind it does well to pull some focus,” says Carlene.
This article was originally published as How to make a small living room look and feel larger by www.realestate.com.au. written by Katie Skelly