Your living room may be small, but it doesn't have to feel cramped.
Here are a few designer secrets to use when decorating your living room to make it feel bigger so you don't feel the need to move to a new home.
Avoid large overstuffed furniture in a small living room.
Many companies sell apartment or petite sized furniture that is still a good size, however the shape is more streamlined to take up less room.
Furniture with Legs
Sofas with skirts and other furniture that extends all the way to the ground hide the floor underneath, making the room feel smaller.
In order to make the room feel bigger, select furniture with legs that allows some visibility of the flooring underneath, giving the illusion of more floor space.
Mirrors are amazing at making any room appear larger.
The mirror gives the illusion of the room extending beyond the walls.
Mirrors also reflect light, making the room feel brighter.
Use an oversized mirror in your small living room to make it feel bigger.
Use several sources of lighting in your living room to avoid dark spaces that make a room feel smaller.
You can have an overhead light, table lamps, floor lamps, wall sconces, and light coming from a window.
A floor lamp takes up less space than a table with a table lamp on top.
Hang your curtains towards the ceiling to make the ceiling appear taller.
Avoid heavy drapes that block light, but opt for lighter colored curtains or sheers instead.
Use the same flooring throughout your home to make the home feel like one large room instead of many smaller rooms.
If you want to differentiate areas, use an area rug that coordinates with your decor.
Decorate your small living room with neutral colors to make it feel larger.
Avoid bold patterns or colors that grab someone's attention and may make the room feel smaller.
Consider decorating your small living room with clear accessories to make it feel larger.
Items that are clear do not appear to take up any space.
You can decorate with clear crystal candlesticks, a glass bowl, or a Lucite table.
Shiny Metallic Items
Items that reflect light make a room feel bigger.
You can decorate with a metallic lamp, furniture with shiny chrome legs, a metallic curtain rod, or most anything that coordinates with your decor.
Keep in mind that spray painting items is an easy way to transform them to be the color you want in your home.