The lounge is where most people spend most of their time in the home. Whether your lounge is centered around the TV, the fireplace or the masses of kiddie toys, you want to make the most out of the space. There are some great ideas that you can use to open up your lounge and make it feel bigger, more open and ready for anything.
Getting rid of all the clutter in your lounge will immediately make the space feel bigger. You can have a good old-fashioned spring clean, or you can use some really interesting storage options to tuck everything away. If you do have kids, who like to fill the space with toys, introduce a cleanup time before dinner to get everything packed away again.
Rather than having multiple pieces of furniture, think about just getting one big piece. A large corner sofa can seat as many people as a three-seater and a love seat. This will open up the space by the simple fact of removing a bulking item of furniture. You can do the same with side boards, shelving and TV stands – lump it all together into one big unit, and space will magically appear.
Carpets and Rugs
If you opt for carpets in your lounge, then choose a lighter colour. Be mindful that a lighter colour does require a bit more care if you own pets, but dark colours shrink a room. The same goes for an area rug – choose a lighter colour. An area rug also creates the illusion of space; if you have one that leaves a three-four inch gap between the rug and wall, the glimpse of floor boards make it seem like the room has grown those few inches.
Doors and Windows
If you can, using full-length windows can open up any space. You can have it facing the garden and introduce the outside to the inside. You can also take it one step further and use doors instead of windows. Bifolds allow you to literally open up the space to the outside, and french doors give you that middle ground.
Use lighting around the edges of the room, not just in the centre. When you light up the middle of the ceiling, you block off the corners of the room, making it seem a lot smaller. You can use spot lights, side lights or lamps to light up those dark corners.
Using lower set furniture will also make the room feel bigger or higher as the case may be. You don’t want to be sitting on the floor, but coffee tables that are level with the seat of the sofa rather than the armrest, or foot stools that sit lower than the seat can create hat illusion.
Like the carpets and rugs, when choosing your colour scheme keep it light. You don’t have to go blindingly white, but softer colours will open up the space. If you like darker tones, then introduce that in the accessories of the room, like picture frames and cushions.
If you’re hanging art in your lounge then chose something that is lighter in colour, and doesn’t use lots of detailed aspects or textures. The depth in paintings created by detail and textures might be great to look at, but it will also close up the room. As will heavy or dark frames. Use light and minimalistic frames to help the paintings to flow with the rest of the room.
Plants dotted about the place can help to create space, and will create a nice link between the outside and the inside of your house. Succulents are really in fashion right now and are great and adding a minimalistic touch of the garden into your lounge. They are also quite low maintenance, so they work for you with little to no effort.
You can use shelving in two ways to help make a space look bigger – and they tend to go hand in hand. Using floating shelving stays with the flow of the room and doesn’t disrupt the eye, and hanging them closer to the ceiling draws the eye line upwards and makes the room seem taller.
Curtains and Blinds
Ditching heavy fabric is your first rule. You want to leave windows as clear and open as possible to allow for plenty of natural light. You can use unobstructive blinds or light and flowy curtains instead.