How to Make a Small Living Room Feel Larger

Living rooms that feel dark and cramped are no fun. They can seem small and depressing. Thankfully, there are several ways to make a small living room seem larger. The following are some ways you can make your tiny living room feel bigger and brighter.

Choose Light Colors for the Walls

When choosing a paint color, pick a light shade. White is always great, but grays or tans work well, too. If you find those a bit boring, pastel colors can make a room seem warm and inviting, without making it seem smaller. Colors like lavender, light blue, and pale pink are great choices to add some color without making the space feel dark.

Choose Window Coverings That Allow Light

One of the simplest ways to make a room seem larger is to get more light into the room. Having more light in the room makes it feel bright and spacious. The easiest way to do this is by changing your window dressings. Instead of bulky, dark curtains, pick some that are airy and sheer. Another option is a pull-down shade that is easy to have open during the day and closed at night for privacy.

Use Mirrors in Your Decor

Decorating with mirrors has long been an easy way to make a small room seem larger. It tricks the eye into thinking there is more space than there is. Keeping with the theme of having more light, use mirrors to reflect sunlight coming into the room. Hang a large mirror, or several smaller mirrors, on a wall opposite a window to reflect the most light as possible.

Don’t Choose Bulky Furniture

When shopping for furniture, pick pieces that are slimmer and streamlined. Bulky, overstuffed furniture can make a room feel cozy, but it can also make a room feel cramped and crowded.

Choose sofas and chairs with slim, tapering legs. Pick glass or pedestal tables to allow more light to flow throughout the room. These are some simple ways to use furniture to make a room seem larger.

Choose Multi-Functional Pieces

Another way to use furniture to make a room seem bigger is to have less of it. One way to have fewer pieces in the room is to buy multi-functional furniture. Consider a coffee table that converts into a desk or a lamp that doubles as a shelf.

Go With Neutral Tones for Large Pieces

If buying all new furniture, it’s a good idea to start with something more neutral. Larger pieces like sofas or armchairs take up a lot of room and choosing a light or neutral color can help them seem smaller than they are.

A sofa is the largest piece you will have in your living room. If you are worried about the space feeling cramped, consider choosing one in a nice neutral tone like white, beige, or gray. Avoid dark colors or furniture with busy patterns; these feel as though they take up more space.

If you are worried about neutral furniture being too boring, don’t worry! It’s easy to add a pop of color with a throw pillow or an accent chair.


For more information on how to arrange or decorate your small space, or to shop our large collection of modern furniture, visit us at Metropolitan Furniture.

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