6 Ways to Make Your Living Room Look More Spacious
These interior designers' simple strategies can open up a cramped area—no sledgehammers, permits or weekend-long DIY projects necessary.
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Eliminate the Walls-Are-Closing-in-on-Me Feeling
founder Maxwell Ryan recommends clearing out the corners of the room—the sneaky areas where we tend to plunk a potted plant or shelving unit to "make use of the space," when really the effect is more "make a person crazy."
Once you've removed the extraneous ficus or étagère, take the Vacuum Test: Swivel your vac around the room. The more easily you can maneuver it, the easier it will be for you
to get in and out, and the bigger the room will seem.