Small Changes You Can Make to Make Your Living Room Appear More Spacious
Small spaces can go from cozy to cramped in no time. Of course, tearing down a wall to open things up isn’t always feasible, and there’s no magic method to expand the space inside a room. Fortunately, you don’t need a wrecking ball or magic wand to make your living room appear more spacious; even a few cosmetic changes can help create the illusion of additional space. Let’s explore some of these small adjustments you can make to visually expand the space in your living room.
Ways to Visually Expand the Space in Your Living Room
Tear Down that Wallpaper
If your living room is still wearing wallpaper, it’s high time to take it down. Wallpaper isn’t just old-fashioned -- it also tends to crowd a room. The patterns and designs often found on wallpaper consume a great deal of visual real estate, making a living room feel boxed in. Before you embark on your wallpaper removal adventure, keep in mind that this project can make a major mess and potentially damage your walls if you’re not careful. We recommend hiring wallpaper removing professionals to mitigate this risk and more efficiently get rid of those outdated coverings. Once your living room is rid of its wallpaper, it’s time to clean up and coat its bare walls, which brings us to the next change you can make: interior painting, and color selection, more specifically.
Light Colors Go a Long Way
Knowing how to select interior paint colors for a given room takes practice, which is why some professional painters offer color consultations. If your goal is to visually expand your living room, however, you already have an advantage when it comes to making this decision. Simply put, lighter colors make spaces appear larger while darker colors make them seem smaller. The reason for this has to do with the way light is reflected by lighter surfaces and absorbed by darker ones. As such, you can quickly narrow your color search by only focusing on lighter options. Of course, the category of “light paint” still features many options, so some thought is required. Many homeowners opt for some kind of white paint to make their living rooms feel larger. After all, white paint is the lightest color choice. That said, other neutral tones (e.g., beige, gray) and light, muted colors (green, blue) can work wonders for your living room, too.
Augment Your Living Room with Accents
Lighter paint choices can help make your living room appear more spacious, but this doesn’t mean you have to paint every surface bright white. While the blank, minimalist look may work for some, it’s not for everyone. Moreover, providing some contrast in your living space can further embellish its features, making it seem larger and more intriguing. You might add an accent wall (i.e., paint one of the room’s walls a contrasting color to the rest), paint your trim with a contrasting tone, or select a different color for your ceiling. On this last point regarding ceiling painting, choosing a lighter color for your ceiling compared to your walls can make your room appear taller and therefore more spacious. Read our blog, “Should You Paint Walls and Ceilings the Same Color?” for more on this topic.
Home interior painting doesn’t provide the only way to accent your living room, of course. Decorative features, flooring, and furniture can all introduce accented colors and textures, embellishing your space. You don’t want to overwhelm the eye with too many competing colors -- rather, you want to introduce colors that harmonize to create a coherent, comfortable scheme.
Bring in Your Furniture
This tip may seem counterintuitive at first, but freeing up some space between your furniture and walls can actually make your living room feel larger while also protecting your home painting by preventing scuffs and scratches. Indeed, you might be tempted to push your furniture as far out as possible to expand the floor space between these features -- however, doing so won’t provide you with much additional floor space and will simply serve to further box in your living room instead. Being able to see the lower portions of walls behind furniture creates a greater sense of visual openness. Plus, bringing in your furniture will allow for more intimate gatherings in your living space.
If you’re looking to make your living room more spacious, you must consider the role of lighting. Natural light, in particular, helps make interiors feel more open and alive, especially if you end up going with lighter paint colors for your living room. So, the more you can do to allow sunlight inside your living room, the more expansive this room will seem. You might not have the time, energy, or resources to, say, install a skylight or replace your current windows with larger ones. Still, you can let more light in by simply replacing darker curtains with lighter options or abandon them altogether.
Consider Installing Mirrors
Another way to make your living room appear larger and increase its intake of natural light is by strategically placing mirrors in your space. You don’t want to overdo this, as too many mirrors can create confusion and uncomfortable glares. If you decide to go this route, consider selecting a single, larger mirror with a frame that suits your room’s interior design scheme and hanging it opposite your primary window to maximize natural light (placement will depend on the orientation of your home in relation to the sun, too). When carefully and tastefully done, adding a mirror to your living room can make it seem nearly twice as large from the right angle.
Declutter Your Space
Last but certainly not least, clean up your space. You’d be surprised at how much larger a living room can look when it’s well-organized and not inundated with random toys, books, blankets, and other objects. Make your life easy by investing in some stylish storage containers (i.e., woven/wicker baskets or fashionable bins) and neatly placing various items in them.
Enlarge Your Living Room Without Major Effort
You don’t need to tear apart your living room or move to a larger home to create a more visually appealing and spacious living space. The right paint color choices alongside some layout adjustments, window treatments, installations, and organization all contribute to making your living room feel that much larger. Here at Nash Painting, our goal is to help our clients across Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, TN achieve their home improvement goals, no matter how big or small they may be. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!