A living room should be more than just – a room for living. Yet often living rooms end up being completely drab affairs that are either completely too dark, or full of mismatched color. But according to Connie Bandfield, an interior designer with an eye for such details, this doesn’t have to be so. With a bit of research, an eye for colors, and a feeling for light and texture, there’s no reason why your living room can’t be brought back from the dead and positively radiate with life and light.
Use Mirrors to Open Up Space
Nothing is more claustrophobic than four walls without anything depending on them. And while a few paintings and token drawings will definitely add some character to a living room and save it from being completely devoid of feeling, it will still leave the space feeling insular and enclosed. According to Connie Bandfield, one of the easiest and best ways of making a small room feel larger is to use mirrors. These can be used in all different shapes and sizes, be hung from the wall as well as placed standing in corners, and are generally pretty adept at not only making spaces feel larger but flooding the room with natural light for a brighter, happier space.
If the Room is Small, Opt for Neutral Colors
Bright colors will draw attention to the tightness of the space that they’re placed in. So when it comes to small living rooms, opt for neutral colors to help give the illusion that the walls are being pushed back. “Off-whites and beiges are great for this.” Says Connie Bandfield. “Not only will they expand the space, but they’re more reflective than darker colors and will illuminate spaces more easily.”
Stick to Three Colors or Three Shades
If you’re lucky enough to have a bigger living room then you’ll be able to be more laissez-faire with your choice of color. However, this is where it gets tough. There is such a wide variety of colors that choosing a color scheme can be pretty overwhelming. Connie Lynn Bandfield recommends sticking to three colors or three shades, despite the urge you may have to go full-on rainbow with your furniture and textiles. The color choice is up to you, but a good blueprint to work with is to use one main color for the walls, another for larger pieces such as furniture, and a third for smaller accessories and appliances. This will give you a good balance of colors and be consistent with the theme you’ve chosen.