How to Make Your Small Living Room Look BIGGER! | 13 Space Saving Design Hacks (Easy & Affordable)

How to Make Your Small Living Room Look BIGGER! | 13 Space Saving Design Hacks (Easy & Affordable)

Does your space feel cramped? Is it a small space that needs to fulfill many different purposes? If yes, today’s video is for you. We are discussing 13 hacks for small spaces. In particular, we’re going to chat about living rooms because when you live in small spaces, the living room often serves as the kitchen, bedroom, living room, game room and office, so perfectly layouting out the space is crucial.

Check out my first small space hacks video here where I focus on bedrooms!:

00:00 Intro
00:42 Furniture with feet
02:19 Entry points
03:26 Curtain height
04:37 Dark colors
06:09 Closed and open storage
07:30 Alternative storage solutions
09:12 Hidden lighting
11:21 Casters
12:17 Light rugs
13:57 Gallery wall
14:48 Mirrors
16:19 Room dividers
17:37 Curved furniture




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  1. A.Kennedy on September 8, 2022 at 2:33 am

    I just started watching your videos the other day starting with older ones… And now I’m seeing your new ones you’re so much friendlier and sweet… I honestly miss the aggressive take it or leave it mean big sister knows better vibes. Regardless, Ive watched many feng shui, interior design, organizing videos on YouTube and you’re by far my favorite.

  2. Dina on September 8, 2022 at 2:37 am

    It’s nice to learn some tips that haven’t already been said over and over! Great video!

  3. Rosa Baez on September 8, 2022 at 2:40 am

    Terrific channel. You are a common sense guru. You certainly have what it takes to have a great room. One question, how is it dealing with those nice sofas in your living room? I have light colored furniture and it’s a workout keeping it clean. Can suggest a good cleaner that l can spruce up my sofa with? Love your personality and style.

  4. Cindy Miller on September 8, 2022 at 2:40 am

    I love your mind . Wall art is my interest right now .

  5. Karen Thorne on September 8, 2022 at 2:42 am

    I have a 10’x12′ bedroom. I live with my son and his wife and I mostly live in my bedroom. I have a queen bed, two nightstands, a pull out hamper, an armless chair, a storage bench and a dresser that has my tv. I have no idea how to downsize any of it because I use it all. Any suggestions?

  6. Yountia Mullins on September 8, 2022 at 2:42 am

    Thank you so much!🥰🥰

  7. Hashtag Heroine on September 8, 2022 at 2:44 am

    I love how I’m hanging my gallery wall while watching this 💁🏽‍♀️ It’s too late… I’m too invested 😂

  8. Kelii Yamashita on September 8, 2022 at 2:44 am

    Great ideas!

  9. I don't want a page for my channel on September 8, 2022 at 2:45 am

    How many commercials does one have to watch to see this video? I am getting a commercial every second tip.

  10. Drama Queen on September 8, 2022 at 2:46 am


  11. Peter Kracht on September 8, 2022 at 2:48 am

    Great video, as always! Loved the "just like drivers slow down approaching a tunnel entrance" analogy. Spoken like a true Pittsburgher 😀

  12. Twin Flame Reconnection on September 8, 2022 at 2:49 am

    Hi Kiva! I always enjoy your videos. I was curious about remotes for lighting…..I only just became aware of some devices you can get that turn older lamps and fixtures to remote controlled possibilities. THank you for all your upbeat videos and ideas. Love them and love you two!

  13. Sh Br on September 8, 2022 at 2:49 am

    Hey KB!!! Love the art behind you ~is that your new TV in your living room?!?😉 you look great… Love the glasses💯🙏🏽

  14. Myles Cooper on September 8, 2022 at 2:53 am

    I live in SF, a place with smaller spaces than most of the US, and I have to disagree with some of these points. Room dividers are great for small spaces. You need flexibility and to define different areas at different times of the day and night. Room dividers can be folded and put away in a closet when not in use. They can hide a TV, hide a kitchen, they’re amazing! They shouldn’t be thought of as making a space feel smaller.

  15. sara abi on September 8, 2022 at 2:55 am

    great advice 👍

  16. Janet Mayer on September 8, 2022 at 2:55 am

    My home is just under 1000 sq feet. It’s me and my husband and we are retired. My living room combo dining space is 20 feet by 14 feet. So all the living room furniture and the table and chairs must fit in here. We have lived here over 6 years and it has taken me that long to finally figure out what works and what makes the room look less cluttered yet functional. I might add that I am still trying to figure it out!

  17. Firegirl3 on September 8, 2022 at 2:55 am

    This video was really helpful. Thank you.

  18. lpnffchick on September 8, 2022 at 2:56 am

    How to DIY legs for a couch with shortllegs?

  19. FaerieatHeart13 on September 8, 2022 at 2:57 am

    Could you make a vide on styling an open plan space? We will have one in our house which is one long rectangle and I want it to feel comfortable but airy.

  20. theresa rathell on September 8, 2022 at 2:58 am

    Exactly what I needed,thanks

  21. Aleksandra Skolozynska on September 8, 2022 at 2:58 am

    this is my fav of all your video! <3

  22. Sharman Klinefelter on September 8, 2022 at 2:59 am

    you live in pittsburgh yeah im from mt lebanon but moved with family to st louis big mistake but whatever no wonder i love your videos

  23. 25demarzo2929 on September 8, 2022 at 2:59 am

    Can you actualy design after you finish your degree or you need to work for some interior design firm before you can be a “real” designer like other jobs?

  24. Kelleysue G on September 8, 2022 at 2:59 am

    I love your ideas!

  25. Victoria Lovatt on September 8, 2022 at 3:01 am

    I live in a 2 bed apartment (fairly decent sized rooms but not palatial) .I’ve just painted my living room dark blue (it’s 4x4metres). I left the wall facing the window white, and also the window reveal (inside the “box”) is white so light is bounced back into the room (Love me some frog tape!) The room partially adjoins my kitchen, so a mirror opposite this entry also reflects light from the kitchen. I’ve also got long white linen curtains that pool slightly which stops the ceilings feeling too low. I feel the room has much more of an identity (it was all white before), and honestly doesn’t feel smaller, maybe just more cosy? I’ve got 2 orange sofas on order (waiting several millennia for those to arrive 😕) so hoping they don’t clutter the room up too much, but whatever! The colour will look cool anyway! I totally respect Kiva saying keep colours lighter, but also don’t be afraid of using more vibrant, deeper tones to express yourself…you’ve just got to be thoughtful and study the colour wheel to keep colours complementary! Love to all!

  26. Baloo's Clues on September 8, 2022 at 3:02 am

    My husband gave me light strips for Christmas. My son gave me a four pack of art lights. I’m so glad yt suggested you to me. I needed this video. I live in a tiny space.

  27. NPKRN on September 8, 2022 at 3:03 am

    Lighting strips? Uh.. seems a bit tacky and reminds me of something they’d do at a 🍸 bar or a fraternity house! Sorry, I just don’t see a way to make that look classy.

  28. Pat Branch on September 8, 2022 at 3:03 am

    Can we personally contact you to help with designing our house?

  29. Susan Olson on September 8, 2022 at 3:03 am

    Great ideas that will help decorate my small 11×11 bedroom that will be my “den”. I like the IKEA video for accent furniture.

  30. Jean Fagan on September 8, 2022 at 3:06 am

    great ideas! Thank you.

  31. Haethena Zeana on September 8, 2022 at 3:06 am

    Hi Kéva little question when you paint à door black do you have to do all Doors in the house !?!?

  32. Mrs. GOLD on September 8, 2022 at 3:10 am

    Can you do a video for a one room apartment ? 🙂

  33. Latte SHINE on September 8, 2022 at 3:11 am

    Damn she speaks so fast! Slow down!

  34. JovinMyHeart4Eva on September 8, 2022 at 3:12 am

    I really do wish when designers talk about designing small spaces to make rooms look larger that they would stop showing small spaces with "high ceilings." Because when you show these ideas example: (hanging your window drapery higher and wider) yes, I will agree but be realistic please and show some designs with low ceilings. Not all small hinges or apartments with small rooms have very tall ceilings. I find this issue with most videos out there with ideas. Because realistically the rooms your using as examples will "not" look the same with lower ceilings. – Sorry I had to say this because I wish a designer would truly show small rooms with low ceilings for once.

  35. Alice Shapiro Digital Collage on September 8, 2022 at 3:14 am

    Hi Kiva, found your videos recently and admire your tips and presentations. New subscriber. Do any of your videos advise about framing small works of art (5×7")? That’s the only size I make digital art on my blog gallery at the moment.

  36. Melissa F on September 8, 2022 at 3:14 am

    I love the use of mirrors. My husband does not. We have completely different design styles that we have had to combine so that our home doesn’t look like a college dorm.

  37. Cat G on September 8, 2022 at 3:15 am

    get a love seat instead of a full size couch

  38. mb1985 on September 8, 2022 at 3:16 am

    Hi KB, I love your channel – thank you for all the great design tips! I’d be curious to know how you’d decorate the wall behind a TV unit/TV. Thank you KB!

  39. Jonathan Cineus on September 8, 2022 at 3:20 am

    Chile, with all that said, I might as well move. J/k lol

  40. London Rivera on September 8, 2022 at 3:20 am

    I painted my walls onyx black and I have light curtains. N it’s still empty to me and it’s small

  41. DogParents on September 8, 2022 at 3:20 am

    These are all great hacks that I am going to use. Thank you.

  42. jos l on September 8, 2022 at 3:20 am

    Does this mean no soderhamn for my livingroom 😢. My two girls and I love to curl up on the couch. I was gonna buy one next month. I can only fit the 2 seater with the corner piece, maybe that means something. I’ve been dying to get that sofa!

  43. Alysa Renee on September 8, 2022 at 3:21 am

    Where do you get your glasses from 😍

  44. Monica Molloy on September 8, 2022 at 3:23 am

    Kiva, thanks. My whole house is small. These ideas are helping me figure out how to move things around …”shopping” in my own house (and i hate saying this—our storage ‘sheds’ ). I appreciate you, your style and gentle commentary. You don’t make me feel “small”. R/ monica.

  45. Victor Hawkins on September 8, 2022 at 3:26 am

    Great vid, as usual. And, as a recovering triskaidekaphobe, thanks for using 13 examples! I now do tons of stuff at 13 — low volume level on the stereo, 13 seconds to "soften" ice cream in the microwave, that sorta stuff. And remember — 13 is a Baker’s Dozen!

  46. O. Lugo on September 8, 2022 at 3:26 am

    Can you do a video on rooms with oddly shaped walls like attics? It is a struggggle

  47. lifeTechnicolorGuy on September 8, 2022 at 3:27 am

    great tips

  48. Alisha Jennings on September 8, 2022 at 3:29 am

    Do you have a video about making ceiling appear higher? I currently live in a home with 12′ ceilings but in 9 days I’m moving to a home with 8′ ceilings.

  49. Lisa Dupree on September 8, 2022 at 3:29 am

    You talk fasttttt,fastest, down girl.😉🙏👍

  50. Lisa Dascoli on September 8, 2022 at 3:29 am

    Hi Kiva-
    Just came across your channel and after a few videos, I LOVE YOU!!! Not only are you the coolest, you make total sense!
    I’m a new fan

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