10 Ways to Make a Small Living Room Look Bigger

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living room with gray sectional and dog looking out windows

Small space, big problems?

Tiny living rooms don’t have to actually feel cramped and claustrophobic just because the square footage is lacking. Here are some solid tips to make your small living room feel and look bigger than ever before!

1. Choose lighter colors.

white living room with couch lamps

Lighter colors reflect light so when decorating make the bones of your room light. Don’t be afraid to use white either, as Erin Fetherston did in her gorgeous living room. You can still make your room feel cozy by playing with lush textures rather than tons of color. And to keep things feeling even more spacious, opt for lighter-colored furnishings and decor as well.

Hip Tip: Need the perfect neutral paint? Check out our 9 neutral paint colors that everyone loves!

2. Show off the legs.

living room with blue and green rug beige sofa and glass coffee table

Choose furniture with legs so that it sits off the floor and gives you the illusion of more floor space.

Here are some of my favorite sofas with legs for all budgets:

3. Use stripes to your advantage.

black and white stripe rug in living room with large white sectional couch and red stool and bookshelves

Stripes that run the longest part of your floor gives the optical illusion that your space is longer and larger. Or go bold with vertical stripes on your walls. This will draw your eyes up and make your space feel larger than life.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to use black and white to make an impact; even the subtlest of colors can make a big difference!

Here are some of my favorite striped rugs for all budgets:

4. Hang curtains high and wide.

living room and dining room with furniture and tall curtains

Windows are one attribute in a room that makes a room feel more open so it’s important to enhance them. To make your windows appear larger, hang long curtains higher than the window, close to the ceiling, and hang each panel on either side of the window as opposed to over the top of it, as shown above.

before and after of dark room with one window next to white room with curtains

Just look at what a difference some properly hung curtains can make in a small space! 😍

5. Get rid of clutter.

living room with white couches and various sizes and colored pillows

Less is definitely more when it comes to tiny spaces. Small items that are populating will make a space seem cluttered and much smaller, take advantage of storage space for small items that don’t need to sit out and clean out the clutter!

Hip Tip: Declutter your entire home with our FREE declutter 30-day challenge and then make sure to see what our homes look like now since we completed it!

6. Hang your lighting.

cat sleeping on beige sofa with blue and gray pillow and gold wall sconce on wall next to beach theme artwork

Hanging lights, whether it be a wall sconce or ceiling light, will free up valuable real estate on your floor. You can also even try this light hack that Lina did so you don’t have to deal with any wires when installing them!

Here are some of my favorite wall sconces for all budgets:

6. Clear furniture for the win.

office with tufted chair and clear glass desk

Using glass or clear acrylic furniture will create functional space, without looking like it’s actually taking up too much space.

8. Use floor mirrors to your advantage.

before and after of living room with large floor mirror added to the space with leather brown couch sofa

Mirrors are known to make spaces feel bigger simply because they reflect whatever is in front of them. A large gorgeous floor mirror will make a huge statement in your room.

Here are some of my favorite floor mirrors for every budget:

9. Make use of your ceilings.

side by side photos of bright living room spaces hanging green plants and rattan chair from ceiling

Hanging plants and chairs not only free up floor space, but they also add a really fun element to your home. Both will also draw your eyes up and make your space seem taller.

Hip Tip: We love plants at Hip2Save! Here are some of our favorite places where we recommend buying your new greenery and here’s Collin’s favorite place if you don’t mind splurging. 😉

10. Break the rules of tradition.

L-shaped gray sectional couch with pillows and throw with leather ottoman black frames and green plant

Who says you need to have certain furniture for it to be a living room? Just because most have a sofa, coffee table, accent chairs, side tables, etc, doesn’t mean your space is meant to have it all.

Style your space with what works and flows the best, and if that means you have a large ottoman for extra seating rather than a traditional coffee table, then just go with it!

You’re going to love these tried and true IKEA items!

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 8+ years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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  1. Anna Mollerstedt

    I would love to know the name of the sofa in the second picture. Love it!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m loving that one too! Unfortunately we don’t have details on that couch as that photo was taken of a model home.

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