12 Clever Tips To Make Your Tiny Living Room Look Bigger
Updated: Apr 23
1. Lightweight fabrics
If your goal is to make your space look bigger, you'll want to avoid heavy fabrics. Whilst these work in spacious rooms, thick curtains will absorb light and weigh the room down, making it appear smaller.
Choose light-weight material around your living room, such as light linen curtains to help the room feel airy.
2. Striped floor
If you're daring, consider having a striped floor. This will make your room look longer than it really is - magic!
Go for black and white for a really striking effect.
3. Choose cool colours
We all know that white makes everything look bigger, but if you can't face up to such a cold, blank canvas, opt for light, soft colours.
Replace dark blues and greys with light greens and blues to brighten up your living room and make it instantly feel more spacious.
4. Be shelf-smart
It's tempting to stuff your shelves with everything from books to last month's shopping bags, but you should avoid filling up your living room shelves.
Leave some empty spaces to show the true depth of the room and create airy look. If you have lots of books you need to house, pick floor-to-ceiling bookcases as this will make your ceilings look higher.
5. Keep curtains & wall the same colour
Another clever method of making the most of your space is choosing the same colour for your curtains as you have your walls.
This way, the curtains will blend into the walls rather than intruding on the space available and making your living room look smaller.
6. Paint dark to light, from low to high
If you're up for redecorating your living room, the best thing you can do to make it look more spacious is get painting.
If your floor is dark then paint your ceiling in a light shade. This will give the illusion of space as your eye will be drawn upwards.
7. Give your sofa some space
If you have the room, pull your sofa away from the wall slightly. It will create breathing room and make the space seem larger from the shadows created behind it.
8. Mirror, mirror, on the wall
Most people know that a mirror will make any space look larger, however, there are different ways to implement this strategy in your living room.
A large mirror is the best option for most homes, but they tend to be expensive. If you're on a budget, try grouping smaller mirrors together on a wall and paint the frames in the same colour to create uniformity. If you have a skinny mirror in your bedroom, try turning it on its side and hang it in your living room.
9. Wall lamps & bookshelves
Save floor and surface space by choosing a wall-mounted lamp, rather than floor or tables-standing.
You could also try mounted shelves instead of bookcases to give yourself more room underneath to utilise as storage space.
10. Rug decisions
When you get a rug right, it can really enhance your space, but done wrong, it will look smaller than ever.
When rug shopping, choose a pattern with small repeats to encourage the eye to follow the pattern and make your living room look bigger. Create the appearance of having a larger living room by using different rugs underneath different pieces, such as a rug under your coffee table and another rug underneath an armchair.
11. Clever lighting
Our eyes are drawn towards the light - overhead lights will draw the eyes to the ceiling, whilst a corner standing lamp will emphasise the size of the room.
Arrange different lighting options round the room, such as lamps on the wall, candles and tiny table lamps.
12. Pick the right dining table
If your living room also acts as a dining room, be cautious when picking your table. Ideally, you want something that gives you the most space to use whilst taking up the least.
One with removable leaves, or drop leaves will give you the best of both worlds.