Sometimes its hard to decorate a living room if you’re struggling for space. However, simple things like the colour scheme, accessories and furniture can make a big difference and help make your living room feel much more spacious.

Choose an all-white colour scheme

Nothing creates the illusion of space better than an all-white colour scheme. White reflects light, brightening the room and making it appear larger. If you are feeling particularly daring, go for a white carpet or swap it for white floorboard. This will also help add a feeling of space to your room.

Add reflective surfaces

The classic way to make a room appear large is by adding a mirror. Placing a large one over the mantelpiece is a sure fire way to give the illusion of space. You can however, add reflective surfaces into the rest of your room through mirrored furniture. Add a mirrored side table or a polished steel lamp; this will help bounce light around the room giving the impression of space.

Use multi-purpose furniture

One of the best ways to add a little extra storage or seating to a small living room is through multi-purpose furniture. An ottoman can be used as an extra seat or as a coffee table and can also have the benefit of built-in storage. Coffee tables with underneath shelving are a good place to store items. If you have room for a sofa, choose a sofa bed instead. This doubles up as somewhere to sit as well as a place for your guests to sleep if you have limited bedroom space.

Let the light in

Plenty of light will make any room appear larger. Either by artificial or natural lighting, a well-lit room is the perfect way to add the illusion of space to a small room. Remove heavy curtains letting in light through the windows. Add extra lamps, or if you have little space, then spotlights or wall mounted lighting will work just as well.

Go for stripes

Using stripes on your carpets can make a room feel much large than it is. Horizontal stripes can elongate a narrow room making it appear wider; while vertical stripes create the illusion of length making floors seem longer than they actually are.

Choose a snuggler

For those with limited space in their living room, think about choosing a snuggler or a love seat instead of a full size sofa. Snugglers and love seats still have enough room for two but don’t take up the space a sofa would. This can save you valuable space and you can add additional seating with a small armchair and a footstool.

Build in storage

If you’re lucky enough to have a bay window in your living room, then you can use this space to build in a window seat across the bay. This will add extra seating, and you could also build in much needed storage underneath. If your room has alcoves, add some built-in cabinets or shelving this will increase your storage options leaving the rest of the room clear from clutter.