Making Your Small Home Feel Like a Mansion, One Room at a Time…
I’m usually giving design advice on small spaces, especially when it comes to styling a small living room. Having lived in one or two tiny places, including the one I’m in now, you have to get creative when it comes to maximising the space you have.
I’m slowly but surely making my way through each and every room in my home with makeovers, and our living room is high up on the list. However, this is more of a cosmetic makeover, as the layout we have has really maximised the space in our small living room.
So if you’re looking to give your small living room a refresh and make it feel like you’re living in a mansion, here are my top tips for making your living room feel much bigger.
Use Colour Wisely.
White walls will always create the illusion of a larger space, however, it’s not your only option. Any lighter neutral will give your small living room the feeling of bright, fresh space. So choosing colours like sage green or light beige will have the same effect. Whilst when it comes to my living room makeover, this is something I’m going to consider, my walls need a refresh.
When it comes to furniture and accents, don’t shy away from colour. A bright colour will emphasise the size of the object. The same goes for cushions and throws, drawing the eye to a certain point to create the illusion of space.
Pull the Furniture Off the Walls.
It can be so tempting to push everything outwards towards the walls, having a large space in the middle of the room. However, you may be doing yourself a disservice and actually making your living room feel smaller. Even pulling the sofa off the wall a couple of inches will add to the illusion that your room is much bigger than it is.
As you would have seen on my Instagram, my sofa floats in the middle of the room, one for helping us to create an entryway in our home. The other reason is that by having what feels like two rooms in our home, the space feels much larger.
If you cannot reach your coffee table from both your sofa and accent chairs, then consider moving your furniture closer together.
Let In the Natural Light.
Natural light is the best way to make any room feel bigger. So it’s best to forgo any blinds or shutters where possible and embrace light drapes. Linen is an ideal material to do this with, it adds texture to a space whilst also blending in nicely with a neutral interiors.
When it comes to hanging curtains, make sure you take the curtain rod as high as possible. It will extend the height of your small living room, making the space seem grander.
Consider the Proportions of Your Furniture.
It can be very tempting to choose smaller pieces to furnish your small living room. However, much like pushing the furniture to the walls, you can be doing yourself a disservice. Choosing larger pieces can give the illusion of more space. So investing in a large sectional with an accent chair will serve your interior style more than one small sofa and a couple of accent chairs.
Now, one concern can be that small living rooms can lack storage. This is where it’s worth investing in multi-use pieces of furniture. A sctional with storage is a great piece to choose.
Don’t Forget About Your Walls.
Finally, take advantage of the wall space that you have in your small living room. With our home, we are blessed with some very high ceilings, so we’ve taken advantage of the walls as much as possible. When we previously made over the living room, I made sure to invest time in doing DIY built-ins in the alcoves of the room.
Other things to consider when it comes to your walls is adding mirrors that will help to bounce the light and trick the eye into thinking their’s double the space in your small living room.