Small doesn’t mean terrible. There are a handful of ways that you can make your living room seem much bigger than it is. Maximize space and fool the eye with these tried and tested tricks.
Use light-colored paint.
It's a trick of the light, as they say. A lighter color scheme will do wonders in making your living room appear roomier. Light colors are known to have that effect: a brighter room will always seem bigger, airier, and less cramped. Dark colors, on the other hand, will absorb more light and make the room seem dim and small.
Just like light-colored paint, mirrors reflect light and make the space seem brighter and breezier, to boot. It serves as an additional, alternative window. If placed opposite or near a window, the mirror can reflect the views from outside. But in any case -- and given any position in the room -- your mirror should give off the illusion of more space. A larger mirror provides a more pronounced effect.
Use smaller, lighter furniture.
As with the bookcases, do away with big, bulky furniture with a lot of mass and imposing presence. Ditch the huge, doughy couch; look for a less dense and compact one -- preferably a foldable couch, at that. Instead of a wooden coffee table, opt for glass.
Use floating shelves.
Do away with big, imposing, or bulky wooden bookcases; invest instead in airier floating shelves that allow more room to move in, and provide more depth to the room. Hang them near the ceiling to draw the eye upwards.
Keep clutter in hidden storage spaces.
Keep clutter like magazines and various knickknacks in drawers, shelves, and storage spaces -- hidden storage spaces, preferably -- instead of leaving them out in plain sight. Less objects mean more space. It's also cleaner, calmer, and a lot less busy to the eye.
Accentuate with stripes.
Vertical stripes draw the eye upwards. They make the ceiling appear much higher. Horizontal stripes make a room appear wider. Use stripes as accents to this end. Horizontal stripes are ideal for a wall panel, for instance; vertical stripes will look good on a pair of curtains.