living roomOf all the rooms in a house, the living room seems to be the one that gets easily cramped and stuffy as time goes by. Admit it; there were times where you thought of your living room as nothing more than a glorified storage area, only dressing it up when you have guests coming over.

Your room doesn’t necessarily have to be tiny to feel cramped, and you don’t have to spend on remodeling or extensions to make it look bigger.

The Illusion of Light

The metaphor “smoke and mirrors” perfectly describes the ideal method of establishing large living spaces. Lighting, when done properly, adds volume and improves a room’s proportions. Well-lit spaces tend to appear larger to us; conversely, dark and dimly lit rooms look smaller, even if the space is rather large.

You don’t have to buy a whole box of light bulbs to make your room look larger. As the metaphor says (minus the smoke, of course), mirrors make good lighting implements that help enlarge your home’s tiny living spaces. When angled the right way, the reflective services give the room more depth. You can even place them strategically where windows should be, enforcing the illusion of the space looking bigger than it actually is.

Mirrors are also great lighting implements to help you cut back on costs. Any light that bounces off its reflective surface has the same effect as lighting up the entire room, regardless if it’s artificial or natural light. You might just need one or two light bulbs if you place the mirrors in the right angle. Apart from lighting up the room, they also make the living space look bigger.

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Choose the Furniture Wisely

chairPicking the right furniture pieces can help make your living spaces larger. You don’t necessarily have to choose smaller chairs and tables, though; choosing the right color is enough.

In keeping with the theme of light, lighter colored furniture pieces are ideal for smaller rooms simply because they appear small to our eyes. White, lighter shades of grey, and dull green hues are the colors you want for your furniture. They work well if you contrast it with darker furniture or decorations. For example, a dark hardwood table establishes the center of your living room when bordered by light colored chairs and sofas.

As for the overall color scheme of the room, make it neutral. Bold and loud colors make your room look too active, which is counterproductive if you have a relatively small room. Conversely, a color scheme that’s too dull makes the room look compressed. A neutral color scheme, with tiny hints of loud and dark colors, helps give the impression of a larger and roomier living space.

Before you decide on a full room renovation or house extension, try and see if these tips and strategies can help you make your smaller living spaces look larger.