|This House Beautiful article recommends using large-scale pieces in a small room to give it the appearance of spaciousness - an idea I found throughout my research. Source|
In researching this question, I found many recommendations and visual images to support my conclusion. Of course, as in any decorating style/trend discussion, some of the advise is directly the opposite of another idea. Here is the advise given by top designers/decorating magazines. Needless to say, this my passion is all about upholstered furniture, I am mostly emphasizing furniture selection and placement issues but have mixed in some other ideas.
These light colored pieces with tapered and light legs visually open up the space. Source - article and photosChoose Visually Lightweight FurniturePay attention to the visual weight of furniture, not just its actual size. Light-color furniture or pieces with legs appear lighter than dark or boxy upholstered pieces.
|This neutral room with white walls is soothing and expands the views. I like the lack of draperies as well to create a clean background - see source above. The use of "leggy" furniture also helps.|
Use Neutral Color ThroughoutUsing a neutral palette throughout a living room is one of the best ways to push back the walls. The eye can roam freely through a neutral palette, so the space feels more expansive.
Emphasize the VerticalA room's space always includes more than just its horizontal dimensions. Invite the eye to move above and below eye level. In this living room, emphasis on the vertical comes by way of floor-to-ceiling draperies
I found multiple articles that provided good advice - even if contradictory. This next discussion had some additional insights that made sense to me. Better Homes and GardensEnlarge Space with WhiteA small living room escapes feeling constrained thanks to white walls, pale floors, and white upholstery. The elements of the room are united by white, giving the space a cohesive feel.that hang just below the ceiling beams.
The ottoman does substitute for heavy furniture and provide additional seating. I also think the height of the room and lack of window treatments helps here.Use an Ottoman for a Coffee Table
Arms RaceSpace Savers: Use armless or slender-armed sofas.
Living rooms are called on to do a lot of entertaining, but finding spots for guests to sit isn't always easy. Despite its limited size, this one makes space for multiple seating options without sacrificing comfort, thanks to two plush but armless chairs, an armless love seat, and a slender-armed sofa.
White Done RightSpace Saver: Choosing cool colors will instantly make a room look larger.
Pale and cool colors reflect light, making a small space look bigger. Painting woodwork, trim, and doors the same color as walls also helps them "disappear."Lying LowSpace Saver: Choose lower furniture that will complement the size of the room.
The success of many small living rooms relies on smart furnishings. A pair of low chairs allows an uninterrupted view through this apartment while providing a chat-friendly seating arrangement.
Well, this was just the beginning of this discussion. There are a lot of tricks that work. Editing was also discussed and I saw some great images of really dark spaces with pops of color - the emphasis was on similar or same colors - not a lot of change.
Clean SchemeSpace Saver: Keeping your color palette simple will make the room look larger.
Sticking with a simple palette of one or two colors can deliver a look that's both streamlined and well coordinated.
What do you think of these great ideas - have you tried any?