7 ways to make your living room look bigger – and brighter

Is your living room lacking light? Feeling a little oppressive? We’ve come up with 7 sure-fire ways to make your living room look bigger, lighter, and brighter – and we don’t mean by going minimalist and painting everything white – though that will work. There are other options that include white ceilings, light wood flooring and not having fussy window treatments.

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1. USE COLOR WISELY

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Creating a lighter and brighter living room doesn’t mean you can’t have color. A dark shade on your walls will create the opposite feel, but if you choose a light warming shade like coral for example it will lift the space.

Use white on your woodwork and skirtings and if you have shutters all the better – if not, and you can cope without drapes, then let the light pour in. Instead of investing in dark wood furniture, opt for painted pieces instead and rustic wood suits this look really well.

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Filled with a fluffy faux-down insert, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style. Available in four sizes and all measurements are made without pillow insert.

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2. OPT FOR BEAUTIFUL TEXTURES

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You don’t want to create a sterile scheme with all the pale shades – which we know create instant light, so instead, keep it cozy with sumptuous textures. Sheepskin rugs, beautifully grained wood pieces, limed floorboards, velvet cushions, and oh-so-soft tan leather armchairs. All of which will warm up a scheme instantly.

Find somewhere soft to land. Our floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for the boho side of us all. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water-resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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3. EMBRACE MAGIC OF MIRRORS

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We 100% believe in the power of mirrors because they can transform a space and visually double its size – if you get it right. VSP Interiors show you how fabulous they can look in this living room. This pair of mirrored alcoves immediately bounces the light from the windows and reflects everything back. It’s the sure-fire way to add light and brightness, but go large with your mirrors – there’s no room for small and dainty here.

As experts in the field of sitting down, we thoughtfully crafted our Floor Pillows to be overstuffed, plush, and firm. These cushions never lose their shape, and the high-quality print makes sure the design stays crisp and colorful.

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4. LAYER YOUR LIGHTING

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Yes, this living room is stunning and has oodles of natural light – so one option is to have your ceiling altered to match – but of course, if you don’t have a living room like this, you can learn to layer your lighting instead. And even though this room has natural light, you can still see the ceiling light and floor lights, varying the heights of your lighting is key and even on the gloomiest days it will lift the space – invest in a few table lamps too.

Express your style all over your home with a feature-worthy rug. They’re made from a woven, polyester chenille for a soft and textured look. Plus, choosing from our wide array of designs, you’re sure to find just the rug to match your decor. Rugs are one of the best, attention-grabbing pieces to design a room around. Use the colors within the rug to help choose art prints, furniture fabric, and accent pillows.

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5. KEEP YOUR FURNITURE REFINED 

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Visually heavy furniture will drain the light from your living room, and so will chunky pieces. Think ‘light’ with tapered legs and thin frame sections, glass is also worth considering.

To achieve a light and spacious feel within a living room it is best to incorporate refined furniture pieces in lighter-toned natural finishes such as soft timber veneers, artisan silver leaf, or polished marble,’ explains Louise Bradley, Founder of Louise Bradley Design Studio.

When selecting a piece, be mindful to consider the scale and avoid oversized options which can sometimes make a room feel darker.’

Square now means trendy and stylish. (We’ve updated Wikipedia and have the word out to Merriam Webster… they’re getting back to us.) With our wood wall art’s multi-square design, you have the power to adjust the spacing between each section to form exactly the right look. Available in three sizes.

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6. GO FOR NEUTRAL PIECES AS A STARTING POINT 

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The sofa is going to be the largest piece of furniture in your living room, so it pays to get the color and size right.

‘A neutral sofa can help lighten the space, however, it’s worth remembering that neutral doesn’t have to mean selecting a plain design. Opting for styles with beautiful details, such as curves, buttons, or fluting, will add character to a small space without overpowering your scheme, advises Suzy McMahon, Buying Director at Sofology.

Additionally, cushions and throws in bolder shades and patterns can keep the look from feeling too pared back. Alternatively, an accent chair is a great way to add a pop of color and will effortlessly lift a darker space.’

Our customers tell us ALL the time how soft and warm our Throw Blankets are (the secret: Sherpa fleece). Even better, they get softer the more you wash them. They’re a perfect addition to any living room couch. Featuring a crisp, vivid design on the front with a reverse white side.

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7. CHOOSE LIGHT AND AIRY DRAPES

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What you use on your windows is really important, dark heavy drapes will block the light and create a moodier feel in your living room – fine for creating an autumnal feel, but not conducive to a light and bright scheme.

Follow Jonathan Adler’s lead – you can still use pattern and color, simply choose pale shades and a subtle design. These drapes enhance the living room perfectly and the design is reflected in the huge chequered rug – something else to consider as it helps to draw the eye to another light aspect in the room.

Our blackout window curtains are a denser alternative to your standard window curtain, blocking out most light and proudly featuring your favorite designs. Whether you live in a busy apartment or a peaceful neighborhood, it’s always nice to have the option to shut out the sun and relax inside by candlelight. Available in either single or double panel options.

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