Are you a sufferer of the small living room situation? Does your lounge feel like a cramped storage unit rather than the relaxing space you were hoping for? Is it somewhere you avoid like the plague because you feel claustrophobic as soon as you go inside? Then fear no more. It’s time to make some changes and transform your small living room so that it appears larger and is somewhere you can’t wait to chill out.
From discovering the power of light tones on the walls and how a 3D wallpaper mural can trick the mind into thinking your living room has tripled in size. How keeping things minimal can instantly boost your space from tiny to huge and how creating a room within a room can give you a whole new look at the size of your lounge. Want to find out more? Then read on.
Choose Light Colors To Make Space Appear Larger
It might seem like one of the most obvious answers, but choosing light, neutral tones is key to making any living room appear larger. Choose a crisp-white paint or wallpaper to adorn your walls and ceiling to instantly open up those closed-in walls.
When it comes to furniture, stick to natural woods, white, grey, or nutty beige neutral tones. For instance, choose a wooden framed couch with padded white cushions, white flowing curtains, and a rug to match. Throw in some grey or blue patterned scatter cushions and a few pieces of framed wall art to add a touch of color to the room.
For flooring, choose natural wooden, pale grey, or off-white tones on floor panels, parquet, vinyl, Lino or carpet. Having a light colored floor will instantly brighten a space and expand the eye so that you will feel like you have vast amounts of floor space.
Make A Room Within A Room By Arranging Furniture Strategically
You wouldn’t think it, but creating a room within a room can really make a space appear larger. It’s a trick of the eye making you think that if you can create a room within a room, you must have an abundance of space! Clever, huh?
One way to arrange furniture strategically is by choosing a large rug that will easily house a couch, a couple of chairs, and a coffee table or pouf. Place your couch along the longest side of the rug either against the wall or in the middle of the room depending on the type of room you are working with. Place the coffee table or pouf in front of the couch and then place chairs on either side of it. As a result, all the furniture should be facing the table/pouf centerpiece so that it feels cozy and central to the living room.
Install A 3D Effect Wallpaper To Trick The Eye
If you aren’t a fan of completely neutral interiors, you can inject some color onto your walls and make the space appear larger with a 3D effect wallpaper mural. From realistic window effect designs, mind-boggling swirls, never-ending tunnels and rustic wine cellars, there are so many to choose from. The trick with these murals is that they all draw the eye forwards, tricking your brain into thinking that you are looking far off into the distance when in reality, you’re just looking at the wall!
Wallsauce.com offer a wide range of 3D wallpaper murals that are easy to install and look utterly fabulous. And all their murals can be printed onto a range of three wallpaper materials. One that uses paste and one that is self-adhesive! The sticky-backed self-adhesive wallpaper, known as Peel and Stick, is handy for renters as well. This is because it can be removed without causing any damage to the wall so that when you move out, you won’t upset the Landlord!
Mount Your TV Onto The Wall
When you have a small living area, trying to keep the floor space as clear as possible is one of the main ways to make the room appear larger. One of the most important ways of doing this is mounting your TV onto the wall. And now that our TV screens seem to be growing bigger and bigger year by year, placing them on the wall is more important than ever if you want to avoid a cramped lounge.
The best places for placing a screen onto the wall is above a fireplace or along the longest wall in the room. Another way of doing this is by installing shelving onto the wall and strategically placing your TV onto one. If you’re TV is far too heavy to do this, mount the TV onto the wall so that it looks like it is sitting on your shelf.
Encourage Natural Light Into The Room
One of the most classic yet effective ways to make any room look bigger, whether a lounge or not, is by encouraging natural light into a room. There are a few ways of doing this. If your living room window looks out onto a private space where no one can see inside, why not scrap the idea of curtains? This will allow natural light to always be a main factor of the room.
If that makes you feel a little queasy inside because you really value your privacy, try opaque fabric curtains made from linen or silky textures. These fabrics are lightweight so that still don’t take up a lot of window space when open and allow the light to seep through them as well.
As well as this, you can place the curtain rail much higher than the window frame to create the illusion of a large window, and at the same time, bring more light into the room. Again another way to encourage natural light into a room is opting for light tones such as light-grey. These light tones allow the sun’s rays to bounce off them reflecting more light into the room whereas dark colors will only absorb the light.
Be Minimal (Don’t Go Overboard On The Décor)
Lastly, when it comes to making any room appear larger, minimalism is key. It’s time to Marie Kondo your space! First of all, sort through all the items in the living room. Do you love the item you are holding? Does it bring you joy? If not, it’s time to say goodbye. Once you’ve sorted a pile of keep and toss, donate all your old items straight away. And I mean straight away. If not, you may be tempted to think again about those items that you were meaning to throw out. Everything you keep should either have a purpose or really add to the aesthetic of the room. If it doesn’t suit the space, it needs to go into another room or be donated.
Whether you mount your TV onto the wall above your fireplace, paint the entire room white or have a huge decluttering session, you can make your living room appear bigger in a lot of different ways.
Written by Amy Hillary. Amy is a Freelance Writer as well as the Content Creator at Wallsauce.com. Her work consists of creating website content, writing blogs as well as product descriptions. Her most popular topic focuses are interior design, lifestyle, education and retail.