5 Easy Ways To Make Your Tiny Living Room Look Way Bigger

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5 Easy Ways To Make Your Tiny Living Room Look Way Bigger

So you've finally moved into an apartment of your own. Congratulations on adulting! And your new pad is perfect except for one little thing: the living room is so itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, it may as well be the size of a freaking yellow polka dot bikini. And now you're left wondering if there is an-y-thing you can do to transform the small space besides fill it with equally small house plants and hope your friends don't notice the square footage the next time they come over. That gorgeous over-sized L-shaped couch you've had your eye on certainly is not going to work.

Well, not to brag, but I've rented apartments with living rooms so small that even a survivalist holed up in a bunker would agree it's kinda cramped. And while the lack of extra lounge space majorly sucked at the time, the experiences made me become somewhat of a ~connoisseur~ of small living room decorating ideas, which I've laid out for you below.

In order to make your small living room look and feel bigger, you just need to choose the right colors for your walls, play around with the height and material of your furniture, hang a couple strategically-placed mirrors and light fixtures, and in no time, your space will feel as cavernous as Versailles. Okay, fair, maybe comparing your rental apartment to a French palace is a bit of a stretch. What’s not an overstatement is how much room you’ll feel like you have after you adopt a couple of these space-maximizing decorating ideas. Bye!

1. Paint your walls white

Look, I get that having white walls might seem a bit boring or expected, but trust when I say that the color will help make your space look much lighter, brighter, and bigger. Decorators recommend opting for an eggshell or satin finish, which will reflect light, making the room look even larger.

2. Raise your couch off the floor

Like the Victoria's Secret fashion show (R.I.P.), you're going to want your couch to have legs on legs on legs. Lifting it up half a foot or so off the floor will give the illusion of more space.

3. Hang mirrors everywhere

Mirrors are great, and not just because they enable you to glance at your reflection every chance you get. A well-placed mirror reflects light and will make the room look more open and more spacious than it actually is. If you've got an extra wall that you're not sure what to do with, hang up a large mirror and call it a day.

4. Got a plant? Hang 'er up!

House plants will pull a room together, it's just science. But why take up space on what's probably the only table in your small living room when you could hang the plant from the ceiling in a super cute hanging pot?! If you can't keep a plant alive no matter how hard you try (trust me, I've been there), I am now giving you permission to get a fake one. No one will be able to tell the difference when it's hanging above their heads!

5. Get a statement rug

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You might worry that a large area rug would overwhelm your itty-bitty space, but au contraire, my friend. A big area rug makes the room feel all warm and cozy and it can help section off the space from the rest of your home, in case you live in one of those apartments where your living room and kitchen are right next to each other. There *is* a bit of science to picking out the right size rug for your room, the concern being that if you go too small, the space will look disjointed and haphazard. The rule of thumb is that ideally all your furniture fits on your area rug.

H/T Cosmo