When you’re house hunting or searching for an apartment to rent, your priorities for a home will soon become very clear, even if you hadn’t already written down your must-haves or deal-breakers. We often focus in on the updates made in a kitchen or bathroom or the size of the bedroom and its closets. And when it comes down to it, we might be okay sacrificing the overall size of our living room in exchange for a spacious kitchen island or incredible backyard.
But it goes without saying that we still want a comfortable, inviting living space that doesn’t feel cramped or cluttered. After all, it is the room you’ll do the most living in, from lazy weekend lounging to hosting your book club for wine and snacks. And if you feel like your living room is too small to accommodate those activities, you’ll start to resent and avoid it. But guess what: you can avoid that altogether by making your small living room feel much bigger than it is by furnishing and styling it appropriately.
Maybe your living room is small because you live in a tiny apartment and every room is a small, walled-in box; or maybe you’re working with a decently sized space, but it also has to serve as the entryway or a hallway — whatever the limitations of your living room, there are several tricks for fooling your eye into seeing (and therefore believing) the space as bigger than it actually is. Here are six genius ideas to try, from simple changes to what you already have to new additions that will immediately make your space feel more spacious.
1-Use Color Wisely
You didn’t need to read this article to know that painting walls white can create the illusion of a larger space. White isn’t your only option though — any lighter neutral that feels bright and fresh can have the same effect, whether it’s a muted sage green or pale lavender. When it comes to your furnishings, you need not shy away from color either. A bright color will emphasize the size of the object, though, since it brings attention to its existence, so be wary of what colorful things you incorporate. Overall, maintaining a limited color palette is wise — too much visual distractions will clutter up the room again.
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