8 Styling Tips to Make a Small Space Feel Bigger

Carousel Life & Things
Creating More Space in a Small Living Area | Tips to Open up your Small Space // Photo By Julie Christine Photography
Comments Off on 8 Styling Tips to Make a Small Space Feel Bigger

When we moved last year we lost a fair amount of square footage. One room that seemed significantly smaller to me was our living room. As we started to make our new home our own I started to research and think of ways that could make our smaller space look and feel bigger.

A lot of the furniture in out house is hand-me-downs that we been been fortunate to get passed down in such great condition. With our love seat, rocking chair and (my personal favorite) the vintage pink chair, I knew I had some work to do with making them all look like they “go together”. At first I thought that the hardest part would be making the different types of wood match. Though, as I continued to bring in more repeat shades and tones of wood into the decor, the more I loved the uniqueness of each piece and how they complimented each other.

With these mismatched pieces and our small space to work I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out. For a while I was moving furniture around every couple days. A had a few people even message me on Instagram saying how every time they watch my stories my furniture was in different places, ha! It’s been a couple months now though, and I think I have it how I like love it.

Photography: Julie Christine Photography
Creating More Space in a Small Living Area | Tips to Open up your Small Space // Photo By Julie Christine PhotographyCreating More Space in a Small Living Area | Tips to Open up your Small Space // Photo By Julie Christine PhotographyCreating More Space in a Small Living Area | Tips to Open up your Small Space // Photo By Julie Christine Photography

Disclosure: Please note some of the items within this post “8 Styling Tips to Make Your Living Room Feel Bigger” were gifted. My views and opinions of the products are always my own regardless of this partnership. This post also contains some affiliate links.

I absolutely adore our rug, faux marble coffee table, sea grass baskets and white floor mirror from Wayfair. Some of the items were gifted to be styled and other items I purchased from the website myself. I adore their home decor items, and find they often have really great sales to get remarkable prices! See the direct links below to shop.

Some new items that were brought into our Living Room to help make the small space feel bigger included:

Creating More Space in a Small Living Area | Tips to Open up your Small Space // Photo By Julie Christine Photography

With a lot of trial and error, here are a few styling tips that I feel helped make our small space feel bigger. The last tip was something that I read from another site after I had already moved our furniture away from the wall. I didn’t realize at the time that that actually aided in making the room feel larger, I just knew that I loved the feeling of it so much better. You can see what the space looked like with our love seat against the wall here.

7 Styling Tips to Make a Small Space Feel Bigger

  1. Light Coloured Walls

    I had been wanting to paint the walls in our house white for a loooong time. Finally, got the husband on board (so long as I did the painting) and we have a white living room! I feel like it makes the space feel so open, bright and spacious.

  2. Open Furniture (even on the legs of chairs)

    When picking out our coffee table I wanted to choose something that would be “see through”. With the empty space beneath the table and the minimal structural base the coffee table takes up minimal space within the room, despite the surface area of the top being large.

    This also includes choosing furniture with legs that are lifted off of the ground. The more airy feel and space that is left seen the better.
    Creating More Space in a Small Living Area | Tips to Open up your Small Space // Photo By Julie Christine Photography

     

  3. Large Pictures or Art Pieces

    Choose items for your walls that make more of a statement piece then multiple items. Gallery walls can clutter small spaces really quickly where large pictures or art can make the room look and feel larger.

  4. Greenery

    Had to add this one in. Really, I don’t know if it makes our small space feel larger, but I do think it makes it much more liveable. Bonus tip: Helps to improve your home air quality too! I typically buy a few plants a year as I don’t have the greenest thumb around, but even if you can’t keep them alive it is still worth it to keep trying.
    Creating More Space in a Small Living Area | Tips to Open up your Small Space // Photo By Julie Christine Photography

  5. Minimal Decor Items

    During Christmas we had way more decor in the living room and the space felt SO much smaller! I had a lot more items on our shelf, though I liked it, the room did feel a lot more cluttered. We have focused on decor items that open up the space, large images and minimal knick knacks. You can also find toys tucked away in storage bins.

  6. Mirrors

    This wall mirror was the last addition to the room and it not only opens up the room but it also maximizes the amount of light. One of my favorite additons to the space, the can often be found with my kids doing silly dances in front of, who knew it would also provide entertainment.

    Creating More Space in a Small Living Area | Tips to Open up your Small Space // Photo By Julie Christine Photography

  7. Neutral Colours and Patterns

    I can’t help but point out those blush pink curtains (see image above). Not only are they pretty much exactly on brand to my blog branding, but they also pair so well with our vintage arm chair. With different wood tones and the blush pink as our main colours I found that keeping the space with more neutral colours helped keep it feel less overwhelming and breathable.

  8. Keep Furniture Away From Walls

    The last point and one that I didn’t realize till after a few trial and error room set ups that it made a huge difference in making a small space feel bigger. Our arm chairs and love seat are all three pulled from the walls, creating an intimate space for communications and games. I’ve also found with kids it illuminates so much opportunity for mess. I’ve moved most of the toys downstairs and kept it pretty clutter free, minus a few wooden toys that are tucked away in storage boxes.

Creating More Space in a Small Living Area | Tips to Open up your Small Space // Photo By Julie Christine Photography

 

It feels so great to walk into this room when I come home, it is right now my favorite in the house. I am so excited to continue to share more room transformations and styling tips and we hop on over to the bedroom soon! Be sure to check out the links above for information on where our living room furniture is from. Happy decorating!

«

»

Instagram

  • G I V E A W A Y 💫 The back to school mindset is in full swing over here!! Only two weeks left to get all the gear that you need to hit the books again. @premiumlabeloutlet is a one stop shop that has clothing, footwear and accessories at great prices (20-70% off everyday!) and this month they are giving EACH OF YOU a backpack when you spend $200 or more in store! BUT THAT'S NOT ALL... we are teaming up with them to offer one lucky winner a $250 SHOPPING SPREE, here's how to enter:
•
1. F O L L O W @creativewifeandjoyfulworker and @premiumlabeloutlet
2. L I K E this photo + three others on my feed
3. C O M M E N T below tagging three friends
•
Winner must be able to pickup gift card from a Premium Label Outlet location (Langley, Kelowna, Edmonton, Prince George, Regina, or Saskatoon). Winner will be announced in the comments after contest closes on August 20th at 12PM. Not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram Inc. #ad #premiumlabeloutlet
  • Still can’t believe Evelyn is TWO!! I told myself I wasn’t going to do anything fancy and really “toned” it down for this party set up. To most it’ll seem a little over the top, but truth is it was a quick trip to @partycity, a local thrift store and reusing items I already have to complete this tea party. More photos on the blog (link in profile).
  • Press play ▶️ We came home yesterday to cucumbers the size of our heads, giving Evelyn a not so hidden smile. 😃 ha!
•
•
•

#whphidden #igmotherhood #gardenkids #theweekoninstagram #momentsofmotherhood #liveauthentic #wildandfreekids
  • Water & wildflowers | this week in a nutshell.
  • 💫 G I V E A W A Y 💫 My friends at @deckandoar have these hand thrown “Motherhood looks good on you” mugs and I LOVE them! Nothing like starting the day with a coffee that encourages you. 👌🏻 Today we are giving one of you a chance to win one for yourself!

Here’s how to enter:
1. L I K E this photo + three others on my feed
2. F O L L O W @deckandoar and @creativewifeandjoyfulworker
3. C O M M E N T below by tagging a mama you love below (each tag equals another entry)
•
Contest closes Friday at 12PM PST // Not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram Inc. Photo @juliechristinephotography
  • A coffee a day keeps the mom meltdowns away!⠀
⠀
...some days I feel like I need more timeouts then my kids... most of the time it’s the days where I’m feeling overtired and quite likely haven’t had my morning coffee yet! 🤦🏼♀🤣 ha!⠀
⠀
Definitely love having @nespresso.ca at my fingertips. Great coffee at the tap of a finger, yes please!⠀
⠀
I made this iced coffee at home using our VertuoPlus and the limited edition on-ice capsules, Ispirazione Salentina and Ispirazione Shakerato and we brought our Essenza Mini to the cabin this week to keep those mom (and dad) meltdowns to a minimum.⠀
⠀
#NespressoMoments #Partner
Show Buttons
Hide Buttons