If you feel like your living room walls are closing in on you, here’s an easy rule to follow: a brighter room will always look larger than a darker room. Light-reflecting colours are the easiest way to brighten and lighten a room – think soft colours of blue and green, cream, primrose yellow and crisp white. If you have a narrow room, try using a darker colour on short walls and a lighter colour on long walls to help visually extend the room.
One of the easiest ways to expand a small living room is by using bold, saturated colours in amazing areas. Create impact by painting a splash of bright colour inside your bookshelf or windowsill. If you’re creative, you could create a focal point with a painted highlight like a stencil or a brightly coloured wall panel – you could even stencil a lampshade on the wall to frame a hanging light bulb, as shown in the photo here. By creating visual importance, you’ll help draw the eye away from small, cramped room and make the room more spacious.