Tricks to Make Your Living Room Feel Bigger

December 06, 2017

The goal of any living room is to provide a nice, relaxing space that makes it easy to sit back and unwind. However, living rooms can often feel cramped or even claustrophobic if you’re dealing with a tight space or have too much furniture for the space.

While you could always knock down some walls to make your living room bigger, the following tips are the best way to make your room feel bigger short of a full-on home remodel. 

Draw Attention Upwards

The first trick to making a room appear larger is to make sure that people’s eyes are drawn upwards toward the ceiling. 

First, make sure your walls aren’t too bare. This can be addressed by hanging up some art or framed photos.

Next, make good use of the windows in your living room. Use long, elegant curtains and mount them near the ceiling, so they can be as long as possible. 

Maximize Natural Light

If you want to make any space feel large and open, you need to make the most of the available natural light as it will make the room feel bright and fresh. This can be achieved in a number of different ways.

We mentioned how we can use drapes to pull the eye upward, but make sure you choose drapes which don’t block out too much light. Light, airy materials are best for this.

Another great idea is to place a mirror on the wall opposing or adjacent to the largest window in the room. This will reflect natural light and make the room feel bigger than it is.

Pick the Right Wall Colors

Matte and neutral tones are going to be best when trying to open up a space. If the walls of your living room feature bold, dark colors, consider switching to a nice light blue, green, or off-white.

Choose Furniture Wisely

If you’re trying to maximize the space in your living room, it’s important to make wise choices about the furniture you choose. 

First, consider going with smaller furniture. Instead of a large sofa, an ottoman with some chairs may be a better choice.

If you do have larger pieces of furniture, place them in the corner of the room. Sectionals are great but take up a ton of room. By placing them in the corner, you open up the space while also maximizing seating options. 

Furniture with sharp lines will also make the room feel bigger than furniture with round, overstuffed edges which give off a bloated impression. 

Add Some Plants

Plants are a great way to breathe some much needed life into your living room. Larger plants are great for corners or behind larger pieces of furniture while smaller ones can be spread around the room as you see fit. 

If you’re looking for some new living room furniture, whether it be a new recliner, accent table, or sofa, look no further than Riley’s Real Wood of Eugene, Oregon.