Aug 17, 2018 By Thomasville
There’s a reason so many people love open, spacious living rooms. They break down barriers, facilitate communication, and are ideal for entertaining. Having more living room space (or at least the illusion of more space) is the goal of every homeowner. And if you can do it with design, instead of knocking down entire walls in your home, all the better for you. Here are 3 living room ideas to create the feeling of more space.
1. Let the Light Shine
There’s something about light that opens up a room. If you have windows that display the more open spaces of the great outdoors, make them a focal point in your living room’s design. Rather than arranging your furniture in a way that closes you and your guests off to the windows, welcome the light into your home and make it a prominent feature of your design. And if your window treatments feel outdated or tend to close off natural light, consider getting rid of them altogether.
2. Differentiate Surfaces
To create the perception of more space, try differentiating surfaces in your living room. Change the floor material, level, texture, or design to create a boundary between different areas in the same room. Or, add trim to your walls that divides the upper part of the room from the lower part of the room. This draws the eye upward, extending the look of ceiling height and making your entire living room feel larger.
3. Add Sleek, Modern Furniture
Finally, to make your living room feel more open and spacious, trade out overstuffed furniture for more modern, sleeker designs. Oversized, heavy furniture crowds a living room, making it feel smaller. On the other hand, streamlined, low-profile furniture tends to have the opposite effect. It makes the room feel lighter and more open. This applies to sofas, armchairs, and any other furniture items that have the potential to take up a lot of space.
With the right furniture and some smart design choices, you can create a more open living room that’s both inviting and visually appealing.