Small Living Room Ideas – 13 Designer Tips To Make It Look Larger

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Small Living Room Ideas – 13 Designer Tips To Make It Look Larger

We’ve got some pretty awesome small living room ideas to share with you today. If you wish your small living room looked larger be sure to check out our designer tips! Your living room is the focal point of your home, and you want to make is as comfortable and visually appealing too. Stop second-guessing and finally get the living room you’ve always wanted. 

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1 – Include Multiple Decor Focal Points – To draw attention away from the size of your small living room, be sure to add some multiple focal points of interest when decorating. In the image below, your eye is drawn to the verticle points of interest which are the draperies, the coffee table, the wall clock, the sofa pillows as well as the perfectly placed orchard plant. Never be afraid to include some pieces that will pack a punch and add some decor drama to your space. Place your favorite decor pieces in key locations, step back, and decide which to keep or remove. You always want to encourage the eye to move around the space and flow instead of taking it all in completely. 

small living room ideas designer tips

2 – A Large Area Rug Will Open Up Your Space – Using a large area rug is great for defining a dedicated zone which translates into the visual effect of a separate space. You can use a large or generous sized area rug that reaches out to the wall borders of the room which will draw the eyes to different directions. This larger area rug will draw the eye wider across the full width and length of the room. A generously sized area rug will make your small living room appear bigger than it really is. If you use a rug that is too small for space will simply accentuate the lack of square footage and we don’t want that! 

small living room ideas designer tips

3 – Light Colors Will Open Up Your Space – While we all know that painting walls with light colors will open up a room, and you can also use light shades like soft pastels, soft grays, and whites for your furnishing too. Even if you have little ones, you can still pull off using light colors by choosing fabrics that are easy to clean. Using light colors always creates an airy open space and that translates into a visually larger living room as well. In the photo below, the pops of light color clearly open up the small living room area. And, you can see how the sofa slipcovers are so easy to pull off and clean too. 

small living room ideas designer tips

4 – Uncover Your Windows – Yes! Remove the Drapes Altogether!  – The image below is also a perfect example of how removing the draperies from your window will immediately open up any space beautifully. In this small living room, you can see how the designer used two elements to open up their small living room by using light colors and uncovering the windows too. As long as you don’t have privacy concerns, this is a perfect solution. Leaving the windows uncovered will pull the eye outdoors and bring the beauty of the outdoors right into your living room space as well. Regardless of how small your living space is, you can do simple things that open your space up. 

small living room ideas designer tips

5 – Use Smaller Barely There Tables – Smaller end tables can dramatically make your smaller living room look larger. While we are all used to larger traditional sized end and coffee tables, removing bulky furniture will not only make it look larger but feel bigger too. You and your guests will be able to stretch out their legs and enjoy the extra space too. Plus, small end tables happen to be in vogue right now! The three grouped tables below are not only chic and stunning but a great way to add more space to your living room. 

small living room ideas designer tips

Using smaller end tables is a great way to open up your living room space – there are so many staging ideas too!

small living room ideas designer tips

6 – Skip The Coffee Table Entirely –  You can decide to go bold and skip the coffee table entirely too and use your side tables instead. Your living room will look and feel so much larger if you leave the space completely open where your coffee table would sit. You can always add a smaller footstool if you enjoy propping up your feet when it’s time to relax. Let your end tables be the focal point of your living room and get rid of that bulky coffee table – plus, it’s a great way to save money too. 

small living room ideas designer tips

small living room ideas designer tips

7 – Using Large Mirrors To Open Up Your Small Living Room – Mirrors are a great way to trick the eye into thinking the room is twice as large as it really is. If you use a mirror that is large enough to almost appear like a door or window even better. Floor mirrors are great for this, and you can always prop one up against a blank wall. The floor mirror below creates the perfect illusion of more space and looks stunning from a decorative perspective too. 

small living room ideas designer tips

In the image below, you can easily see how using floor-to-ceiling mirrors expanding this small living room into a larger gorgeous space. 

small living room ideas designer tips

8 – Using Open Shelves – Great For Storage Too – As much as minimalistic living is in style, we all need and love extra storage space. You can transform your smaller living room and have it pull double-duty too by turning drawer units into a seating bench. Just make sure they are sturdy enough to sit on first. You can include some open shelving without closed in sides and display your favorite decor elements there too. This can be easily done without boxing in the room either. The floating shelve below creates an expanded illusion in the living room too and is perfect for featuring your decorative items as well. 

small living room ideas designer tips

The horizontal shelving in this smaller living room expands the visual aspects and makes the room look much larger. 

small living room ideas designer tips

9 – Always Include Lots Of Lighting – As far as small living room ideas go, adding copious amounts of lighting is always a perfect solution. If you don’t have large amounts of natural lighting than artificial lighting will have to do, and it makes a huge difference as well. Be sure to include plenty of light sources in order to create a big and bright look during the day and welcoming cozy glow at night. Always try and use lighting from various sources such as table and floor lamps, hanging fixtures, recessed ceiling lights, and wall sconces

In the image below, you can see how using multiple lighting sources has not only brightened this small living room but made it looks and feel larger too. 

small living room ideas designer tips

10 – Use Soft Sheers – Using the right window treatments is important when making your small living room look larger. Soft sheers are often times a great pick and as long as privacy isn’t a concern, a great way to open up your space. Using sheers that aren’t completely opaque let your eye take in a hint of the view beyond which will open up the area. It will make the area feel less closed in even when the curtains are drawn. 

small living room ideas designer tips

small living room ideas designer tips

11 – Include Pops Of Dramatic Black Decor – Even if your living room decor is mainly composed of white doesn’t mean you can’t add some pops of drama too. It’s a great idea to add small elements of black to give your living room a second-sense of contrast and make it more visually interesting too. Use black and white patterns and black decorative pillows to energize a small room without shrinking it. Adding some dramatic contrast creates an interplay of various depths creating an advancing and receding effect. This way to can trick your eye into seeing the room as a bit bigger and far more visually interesting too. 

small living room ideas designer tips

small living room ideas designer tips

12 – Layer A Feature Wall To Create Depth – Another great way to add depth is to add layering to a wall. You can easily do this by adding wallpaper to a wall that has a window – this wallpaper will create a dimensional effect and make the room look larger because it will appear further away. Adding wallpaper to a wall with window drapes will give a visual break to the room and keep it from appearing too busy. 

 
small living room ideas designer tips
 
13 – Draw The Eye Somewhere Else – In the image below, your eyes are drawn to the adjacent wallpapered room right? It’s a nifty trick and sometimes it’s the best way to make a room seem deeper and larger than it is by drawing your attention away from it to another focal point. The room itself doesn’t include any wall treatments, but the eye can’t help but spot the colorful and exciting wallpaper print in the adjacent bedroom. It’s a great designer tip and one you can use in any room of your home. It’s a great way to add a pop of color too to a room and trick the eye into thinking the room is larger than it really is! 
 
Another great way to draw the eye is to add some larger bold decorative elements to an adjacent room like they did with these large flower pots below. They used several designer tips to make their small living room look and feel larger. And the pops of color ohlala – stunning! 
 
small living room ideas designer tips
 
So, what do you think? How do you make your smaller living room look and feel larger? We would love to add your creative ideas too!
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