1. Use plenty of light colors. You’ve probably read that painting your walls white or another light shade (like soft gray or subtle taupe) can help a room look bigger, and that’s definitely true. But you can make this effect even more powerful by using similarly airy shades for other furnishings as well.
The living room shown here includes a white rug, white sofa, white media unit and white coffee table (among other things), which together help create a seamless and breezy look.
In general, choosing some major furnishings in a pale shade similar to the wall will help avoid breaking up the living room, but you don’t have to choose everything in white to benefit from this effect.
Adding some contrast actually creates an interplay of depths, with different pieces advancing and receding, and this can trick your eye into seeing the room as a bit bigger.
Use a generous rug that comes close to the borders of the room to add richness and draw the eye in different directions.
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But one place you can reduce your bulky furniture is the coffee table. Use a leggy table to make the living room look bigger and allow you to stretch your legs a bit more, which help the room feel bigger too.
Your turn: How do you make your small living room look and feel more expansive? Tell us in the Comments.