Space it out: Shoving furniture against the wall doesn’t guarantee a larger room. Try angling your bed or our favourite trick of floating the sofa in the living room with a skinny console behind it.
Paint with light hues: Dark colours are definitely design-friendly, but they make a room appear smaller. Stick to pale colours such as white, cream, pale greys and blues to keep it light, airy and open.
Try multipurpose coffee tables and ottomans: While it’s essential to squeeze inadequate seating, don’t overdo it — adding too many sofas or large ottomans can make a space feel smaller.
Add a chaise lounge or floating cabinetry. An L-shaped sofa not only provides extra seating, it separates the living and dining spaces. The wall-mounted console helps avoid clutter with its floating effect.
Use mirrors: Mirrors are the quickest way to make a room appear larger. While you may not want wall-to-wall, lean an oversized full-length one against a key wall or hang multiple one’s salon styles to create a statement wall.
Keep it neutral. The floor-to-ceiling bookcases convert this living room into a cosy library space. The book spines and artwork introduce a riot of colour, so the furniture fabrics have been kept neutral and understated.
Utilise every corner. The space under a staircase is often wasted, but this custom console is a wonderful solution. The owner understands the importance of comfort, as evident in the leather seating that fills the compact zone perfectly.
Go monochromatic: Paint your walls, trim, and detailing in different shades of one colour, such as white, off-white, and beige to expand a room. You can also try pairing gallery white walls with a very pale grey on trim and detail for an open-air French-inspired room.