The living room, like the kitchen, is likely to be the social hub of your home. It’s the place where, after a long day, you can just sit back and relax. However, a lot of us out there feel that our living rooms are too small. So what can we do about this besides moving house? Well, there are certain tips and tricks that you can use to maximise the space that you do have. Here’s how it’s done:
Open it up:
Instead of making it feel like one confined space, try and make it flow into the rest of the house. It could be a good idea to get rid of any doors leading into the room, which leaves you with an open doorway. If you’ve got the budget for it, then why not try removing the walls that lead into the kitchen/dining room?
Think about the furniture:
Do you really need two individual sofas? Why not swap them for one long corner couch. Instead of having lots of large bookshelves and cabinets, go for taller ones that are more vertical than horizontal. We also recommend going for built in furniture where you can. In terms of colour, always go for lighter shades in small rooms as it’ll stop it from looking dark and cramped.
Make sure there isn’t too much furniture, and make sure that any bits and bobs are safely out of sight. Try to get rid of any rubbish too – no one’s going to read last week’s paper are they?
Bring the sunlight in:
Light is the key to making a room feel larger. Get rid of any blinds as it’ll only make the space feel closed in. Our top tip is to place a mirror opposite the window so that any light that comes in gets reflected around the room.
Don’t paint the walls dark colours:
Again, it’ll just make the room feel closed in. Go for whites, creams, light blues, light yellows, but stay away from anything dark.
Consider striped wallpaper:
It doesn’t matter if it’s vertical or horizontal; stripes will make the room feel taller or wider than it actually is, purely because of their pattern.
It doesn’t take much does it? You’ll have that larger feeling living room that you’ve always wanted in no time. If you have any tips and tricks for us, then do let us know!