3. Pull furniture away from the wall to create the illusion of spaciousness.
Pushing furniture up against the wall makes everything look and feel cramped. Even just few inches in between the wall and your bigger items can make the space look more open.
To make use of those few inches, you can DIY a console table to slip behind it. Get the directions here.
5. Hang shelves near the ceiling to draw the eye upward.
See how this homeowner maximized her vertical storage here.
9. Color code your shelves to create the look of structure.
Whether it’s with size or color or type, anything that makes a group of smaller items look intentionally arranged will make it feel more streamlined. This works for books or anything else that is visible in your home. Get more organization tips here.
16. To create unity, use different shades of the same color.
For the wall, rug and furniture using different shades of the same color creates a visual coherence that makes the space feel open. If you’re not in the market for new furniture, adding a throw or pillows or accessories in the same shade can give you the same effect. See more of these colorful homes here and here.
18. Strategically place mirrors to create the illusion of more space.
Placing a mirror across from a window is the best way to reflect light and make the room feel larger. Another trick is to place a large window behind a chest or end table for a glamorous trompe-l’œil that makes it look like a whole other space is tucked behind it.
19. Break all the rules.
Just because it’s a living room doesn’t mean you need a sofa and a coffee table and a TV. Unexpected furniture and layout will make the space itself feel more open and fun and personal. Maybe you want a bean bag for a chair. Maybe you want a swing inside. Maybe you want both. Go wild.