Sofa Workshop - How to make a small living room look bigger

Albany large sofa in Metro Denim

Sofa Workshop - How to make a small living room look bigger

Albany large sofa in Metro Denim

If your living room is best described as petite, then read on as we’ve put together our top tips on how to make a small living room look bigger

Has it got legs?...

We might be a little biased, but your sofa is a very good place to start. When choosing a sofa that will sit in a small living room, we recommend choosing a style that has legs. Why? This will allow light to flow underneath the sofa, which instantly makes the space feel larger. Try not to store anything in the space under your sofa as this counteracts that light, airy feeling created by the space.

TIP: The same rules apply for your TV stand, so avoid styles that sit directly on the floor and consider mounting your television on the wall or adding a small wall mounted shelf for the TV to sit on.

Sofa Workshop - How to make a small living room look bigger

The Louis sofa in Velvet Mallard and Alba chair in Mustard

It is also important not to push your sofa directly against the wall. While this may seem like it gives you more space, the shadow created by the sofa when you pull it away, even if just by a centimetre, creates an optical illusion of there being more space in the room.

Upon reflection...

The more light in a room, the larger it will feel so here’s where to enlist the help of a mirror to reflect light into darker areas. Mirrors should always be hung at eye level or higher and, if hung opposite a window, you’ll get maximum light reflection value.

TIP: If you have a full-length mirror that may have been used in your bedroom, consider hanging it horizontally on a wall in your living room to really help draw in more light.

Sofa Workshop - How to make a small living room look bigger

Lennox sofa Melby Nightscape and Hex footstool


Another tried and tested way to help make your living room feel bigger is to add details to the corners of the room. This will draw the eye to these details, which in turn creates the illusion that the space is actually much larger.

TIP: A sleek and elegant lamp is a very effective piece to have in the corner of a room as it will create light, as well as a point of interest to draw the eye towards.

House plants are another great feature to add to corners, especially those with big leaves like the fiddle-leaf fig plant. Just like your sofa and TV stand, if you place a large plant in a pot stand instead of sitting it directly on the floor, this will help the space feel bigger.

Look up...

If your windows are small, this doesn’t mean that your curtains have to be. Long curtains are very luxurious and can add a bit of opulence to a room, whilst also making it feel bigger.

To draw the eye upwards, try hanging your curtain rail closer to the ceiling, allowing the curtains to fall longer. These long vertical lines in your living room will also contribute to the feeling of a higher ceiling.

Conscious colour choices...

Light colours make a room look bigger and brighter as they have more light-reflecting qualities. A light coloured hue on your walls will also help you get the best possible airy feeling from the existing natural light in your living room. TIP: Avoid dark colours in small living rooms, as these absorb the natural light, instead of reflecting it and can make the room feel smaller.

Sofa Workshop - How to make a small living room look bigger

Hockley corner group and snuggler in Miller Ocean


When it comes to stylish storage, an ottoman is the multi-purpose essential that you’ll wonder how you ever went without. These living room all-rounders can function as a coffee table, a footrest, extra seating and as that all-important storage feature. In order for your ottoman to perform all of its duties, you want to be able to move it about easily, so we recommend choosing an ottoman that’s on the smaller side and can easily be moved by one person.

Sofa Workshop - How to make a small living room look bigger

Dillon corner sofa in Melby with matching storage footstool

Clean windows

This one might seem like the most simple, but it’s probably the most important.

Not only are dirty or foggy windows unsightly, but they can also make a room feel dull. Once you’ve cleaned your windows, both inside and out, the room will instantly feel much brighter and bigger.

We hope you’ve found our top tips helpful. If you’re ever in need of any styling advice or tips on what sofa to choose for your living room, regardless of whether it’s big or small, our sofa experts are just a phone call away on 0800 2300 048.

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