Space is the ultimate luxury and the height of conspicuous consumption – it keeps us climbing the property ladder. But for those of us who occupy small, often badly lit spaces, there are design rules that we can apply to create the illusion of space.
Here are a few styling tricks for small living room spaces
Go big on the floor.
It might seem counter-intuitive, but when possible, use a carpet that extends beyond the furniture in each functional space. For example, in a living area, a carpet that sits under the sofa, coffee table and additional seating will draw the eye wider and make that living space appear bigger. On the other hand, a smaller rug sized just a bit larger than the coffee table can feel more like a bath mat, causing the living space to read as its limited size.
Add a few footstools.
Footstools were used in place of a traditional coffee table for maximum versatility. You can top them with a tray to hold flowers and books or call them into use as extra seating.
Hang lighter shades of curtains.
Curtains hung well above the window impart airiness and height thus giving an illusion of a larger living space.Curtains with a lighter shade of color especially beige curtains coordinate with the walls in the living room, a trick that helps maximize light.
Let the sun shine in.
Emphasize your natural light sources to make your room brighter. A sunlit room feels more open and helps eliminate shadows that can make an enclosed area feel smaller. The simplest way to enhance natural light in a room is to place a mirror where it will reflect the light from a window. This will not only reflect light but also create the illusion of more depth in the space. When possible, place your most-used pieces of furniture-such as the sofa or your favorite cozy chair so that they have a view of the outdoors.
Express yourself, don’t repress yourself.