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13 Ways to Make a Small Living Room Look Bigger

April 16, 2015

Make your tiny living room look and feel larger than life with our smart design tricks, from clever multifunctional furnishings to room-expanding paint tips.

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Get the Most Out of a Small Space: After

This small living room was enhanced and visually expanded by covering the walls, trim and ceiling in different shades of seaglass tones and using properly-scaled furniture.

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Get the Most Out of a Small Space: Before

Prior to its makeover, the living room seemed even smaller due to its bulky furniture, ill-fitting accent pieces and inconsistent color scheme.

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Same Color, Different Shade

Homeowners typically leave the trim and ceiling white in their living rooms when painting. Since the trim and ceiling both have as much impact as the walls, it's important to tie them in with the rest of the space, otherwise they'll stand out too much. A smart way to use one color consistently throughout a common area is to choose a slightly lighter shade than the wall color for the ceiling and a slightly darker shade for the trim.

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Hard-Working Console Table

In small living rooms, especially those with awkward layouts, common furniture arrangements won't work effectively. When space won't allow for end tables, consider using console tables nearby instead. Mirrored console tables were placed in front of the living room's two windows to offer extra surface space for table lamps.

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