Though it may be a dream of ours to own a large home, complete with ample furnishing space, most of us aren’t so lucky. Instead, we take what we can get, which may be a cramped apartment or a home with closed-off rooms.

A small living room may pose particular difficulties. Since it’s a room made to bring people together, furnishing a limited space for a group of people can seem impossible. But there are tricks you can use to create the illusion of space, and we’re here to tell you how.

A mirror can emulate an additional window...

Mirror, mirror: Lighting can make or break a room, and if your living room comes equipped with a window and natural lighting, you’re on the right track. A mirror that reflects the natural lighting from your living room window can add depth to your space and even imitate another window.

Enhance your high ceilings: High ceilings are a huge plus, so if you have one, take full advantage! Direct attention away from your cramped space by drawing the eye upwards with artwork, pictures and decorations.    

Opt for armless pieces that are able to create the slightest bit of room.

Go armless: Although it may not seem like much, the arms of a sofa or loveseat can take up plenty of space in your living room. Opt for armless pieces that are able to create the slightest bit of room. Every inch counts in a smaller space!

Nesting tables are another way to make the most of a small living room.Storage ottomans provide extra foot room and an area to place blankets.

Hide your storage: Thanks to lifestyle furniture designs, you can own stylish pieces that also provide storage space. Storage ottomans, for example, provide extra foot room and an area to place blankets. Nesting tables are another way to make the most of a small living room. Bring them out when you’re entertaining, and tuck them away when you need more space.

A chair and loveseat combination can provide the seating area you need.

Choose high shelves and storage walls: Like high ceilings, a high shelf with decorations and tchotchkes will direct the eye up and away from the limited space below. Built-ins and other storage cabinetry allow you to organize your novelties without overcrowding the room.

Forget the sofa: Who says you need a sofa to complete your living room? A chair and loveseat combination can provide the seating area you need while preserving the space you have available. Two or three chairs that surround a coffee table can create a cozy living room for you and guests.     

Rounded end table take advantage of the space you have.

Round out your accent tables: It can be more difficult to maneuver around furniture with angles and corners in a small living room, so try a hand at rounded end tables and other curved pieces that take advantage of the space you have.

By using a few of these tips, you can create a feeling of spaciousness in your living room while accommodating seating arrangements for friends and family. Forbes also provides room layout suggestions that can help you make the most of your small living room. Check it out here!

Have you created more space in your living room by using a trick we haven’t mentioned? Let us know by commenting below!

Resources:

House & Garden: http://www.houseandgarden.co.uk/interiors/small-living-room-ideas/armless-furniture?next#ViewImage

Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/houzz/2014/10/14/how-to-design-and-lay-out-a-small-living-room/