If you have a small living room that feels even smaller, follow a few of these tips and tricks to make your living room feel more spacious.

1. Define your your zones

If your home has a fairly open but small floor plan, there is no need to worry! Try defining your zones more to create the illusion of a larger space. By using rugs or furniture arrangements strategically, your living area will seem bigger than it actually is. Avoid allowing zones to intermesh, such as the dining area and living room.

2. Get a decent sofa

A way to guarantee that your small living space will always look small is to put in a small sofa. By using a small sofa, you are essentially succumbing to the fact that the living space is small, and it will visually look smaller. However, if you place a fairly large sofa in your living area, then you will be able to create the illusion that the space is bigger than it actually is. It also has the added advantage of allowing your living room to accommodate more people.

3. Be risky in furniture arrangements

Many people who have small living spaces tend to push their furniture right up against the wall in order to maximise space. However, doing this can actually make an area appear more cramped than it really is. Try instead arranging your furniture away from the wall. Place some indoor plants behind your furniture and in front of the wall in order to make the area seem larger than normal.

4. Be elegant

Just because your living space is small doesn’t mean you can’t use luxurious colours and furniture! Try going for a classic colour scheme that creates a formal feel within your living space. You can also try using armless couches, which saves space and adds a touch of elegance to your living space.

5. Maximise your storage

If you really have to store things in or around your living area, try using floor to ceiling square store shelves. These make your room feel larger as they give you perspective on how high your roof is. Keep this storage sleeve looking tidy and categorised in order to have a clean feeling living space.

So there you have it, five simple things you can implement in your living room today!

Tell us about how you make a living room appear larger than it really is.
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  • I dont struggle for space but there is very little storage here so storage spaces are my big thing


  • Very similar to the idea of ‘Feng Shui’ – the art of positioning furniture and items in the house.


  • Great tips. It is amazing how furniture placement and selection can transform a room.


  • Great suggestions to consider, thank you.


  • Thanks for the tips, always looking at ways to improve the home and the lounge area is favourite space.


  • Great tips, thanks mouths of mums


  • Tips on interior design are always welcome. It’s definitely not my forte so I’m always open to advice. Good tips.


  • I’m sure all real estate agents follow all these tips – that large house you looked at before buying is just not big enough for your furniture, is it?


  • Good tips to follow and we like to de-clutter the lounge!


  • Mirrors and the colour paint you choose can help to enlarge a room too, so I’ve heard. I know mirrors do, big mirrors


  • Some great tips. Thanks for the share. Our living rooms feels even smaller now with all bubs toys.


  • Great list of tips thanks for sharing


  • Really interesting! A good read. Thanks for sharing!!


  • how to make your living room bigger


  • I would put a big mirror in a strategic point, maybe facing the garden.


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