1. Scale the furniture to fit the size of the room and don’t block walking pathways. With furniture and accessories blocking the view into a room and to open spaces, a room will look cramped. By moving furniture out and away from walkways, you’ll open up the space and make it feel larger. If you can see the floor, the room will look larger. Having oversized sofas or too much furniture will make the living room look smaller. Place the large pieces of furniture against the walls so the open space in the middle is not broken up.
2. Lighting is everything! Use as much natural light as you can. This will instantly connect the room with the outdoors, no longer limiting your space. If you don’t have a lot in that particular room, then you need to add as much light as you can.
3. Reduce clutter. A cluttered room equals a smaller room. Keeping everything organized and tidy makes a huge difference, but even if you’ve over done it on decorations you’ll feel cramped. Don’t cover your walls with a lot of pictures. One large painting works better than a group of small paintings.
4. Hang Mirrors at the right focal points. Use a focal point and angle your mirrors towards it, which will give the illusion of depth. The mirrors also reflect both natural and artificial light to make a room brighter during the day and night. They bounce light deep into the room, making it appear larger. Placing a mirror near a window to reflect the outdoors is especially effective.
5. Use strategic color combinations. Cream colors and icy blues are a few of the best color combinations that can convert a tiny interior into a seemingly bigger living area. Light and brightly colored walls are more reflective making a space feel open and airy, and maximizes your space. Dark colors on the other hand absorb light, making a room look smaller. For an optimum effect, select soft tones of blues and greens, and always remember that brighter rooms look bigger and more inviting. When you paint your moldings light, the wall appears further back, making your living room appear bigger.
6. Use multi-functional furniture. You can use a chest as a coffee table, and use it for storage too. You can.
7. Choose a sofa and chairs with open arms and exposed legs. A glass table, will keep the appearance of open and free space. This allows light to filter under the furniture, making the room appear airier.