Small living room

6 Tips to Make a Small Living Room Feel Bigger

Small spaces can often feel unwelcoming and dark. During the fall and winter, no one wants to be in a small dark place. Luckily, you can do a few things with your interior decor that can significantly brighten up a space and even make it feel bigger!

Here are our favourite interior design tips for making your small living room feel bigger and brighter:

1. Mirrors

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Mirrors can give the illusion of a larger space. Have you ever walked into a room and thought, “Wow, look at how big this room is,” only to realize that a large mirror behind a sofa is giving the illusion of a longer room? Mirrors are the ultimate space tricksters. The bonus is that mirrors also reflect light into a space, making it feel larger. 

2. Lighting

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Dark spaces feel small. When you vary the height of lighting, you banish shadows and make ceilings feel higher. You’re going to need table lamps for the midpoint and then a ceiling light as well to reach every nook and cranny. 

Bonus tip: Install dimmer switches for those cozy evenings.

3. Colours

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Some colours will shrink a room. As a good rule of thumb, bright natural colours create space. White and light greys or soft yellows and greens will make a room feel brighter and more open. If you like more sombre dark colours, you can still create the illusion of space by using lighting, mirrors, and clean lines to your advantage. 

4. Simple & Elegant

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Speaking of clean lines, nothing says tiny, dark space like cluttered walls and crowded floors. When creating the illusion of a larger room, make sure to keep things simple and elegant. Everything in a smaller space should serve a purpose, and it should all work together. Stick to fewer than four colours and use only a few key textures to avoid overwhelming the eye.

5. Optimize Storage

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Clutter is a space killer. The best way to avoid clutter is to find creative ways to make storage a part of your space. Consider a coffee table with drawers, a small sectional with hidden storage, or a long cabinet as a TV stand. Find ways to tuck crucial living room elements like board games out of sight. 

6. Functional Furniture

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Not only can your furniture double as storage, but it should be functional when you consider the interior design. If you’re limited on square footage, maybe you should opt for a settee and accent chairs instead of a large sectional that takes up half of the floor space. Nothing makes a home feel more crowded than stuffing large furniture into an area that is too small. 


When it comes to interior decor, you’ve got to work with what you have. The great thing is, there is so much variety available that you can turn any space into your dream home with proper planning and choices. If you are struggling to find a way to decorate your dream home, our team can help with our complimentary design process. Come into the showroom today or send us a message to start turning your house into a home. 

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