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Many small living room ideas revolve around tricking the eye into making the area appear more spacious. Such strategies can transform an area that feels cramped and claustrophobic into one that feels cozy and aesthetically pleasing. Decorate in a way that maximizes light and space, and pay attention to how you use color, scale and weight. It can make quite a difference.

It’s interesting to try new things. Sometimes traditional ideas about living room decor aren’t the best solution for a small space. Instead of using blinds for window treatments, use long, flowing drapes because they draw attention to vertical space, thus expanding the area of the room.

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Your living room, regardless of size, should be able to function as a space for relaxation and entertaining. Here are some of our favorite ways to make it feel more spacious.

Here’s a peek at what it looked like before the makeover:

liviing room before 2[1]

And this is what it looks like now:

Living Room After the Honeycomb Home (full room shot)[1]

It’s like night and day with the main objective in designing this space was to make it look and feel larger than it actually is. There are some handy tricks to doing this. Here are 5 styling ideas for small spaces that are used in this room.

Style Trick #1: Raise the Roof

Make the ceilings appear higher. Using living room furniture that is low to the ground will create the illusion of higher ceilings, thus making the space feel much larger than it is! Also, keep the furniture to scale of the space you are working with. The Chesterfield Sofa and a pair of matching chairs, keeping them pulled away from the walls.

The Honeycomb Home (glass table and chairs) 2

Style Trick #2: Mirror Image

Mirrors are the oldest trick in the book for good reason – they work every time. Hang mirrors perpendicular or parallel to windows to reflect light and further brighten up the space. The Jute Framed Mirror above a vintage fireplace, which also brings texture into the living room.

Small Spaces Makeover THH (mirror over Fireplace)[1]

Style Trick #3: Clear Results

Using glass, lucite or any type of transparent furniture lets the eye travel and makes your space feel larger. This glass Lorelei Accent Table does just that.

The Honeycomb Home (glass table and chairs)

Style Trick #4: Explore Storage

Add storage (and reduce clutter). Regardless of the size of a room, we all could use more storage space. We tend to fill up whatever space we have, don’t we?The Cameron Console Table as TV stand. The console table has drawers for storage with added Macrame Baskets underneath for extra living room stashing options.

The Honeycomb Home (TV photo)

Style Trick #5: Multi-Taskers

Go for multi-functional furniture. This living room features two Tribal Wood Carved End Tables as a coffee table instead of a more traditional coffee table. This way, they can be moved around easily as needed. These tables also have an open design, making the space feel a little airier.

Using these five styling tricks for small spaces has really opened up this living room and made it feel much larger than it actually is!

Shop this post: Chesterfield Sofa | Cute as a Button Chairs | Jute Framed Mirror | Lorelei Accent TableCameron Console Table | Macrame Baskets | Tribal Wood Carved End Tables | Blush Mongolian Faux Fur Pillows | Macrame Pendant Shade | Macrame Lumbar Pillow | Floral Watercolor Throw Pillow | Blush Moroccan Style Diamond Area Rug

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