Designers look at the space beyond the walls
“It’s important to think about how a space is perceived, rather than focus on its dimensions,” says Ronnie Hill. “When designing a living room, especially a small one, we have to assume there’s little scope to change its shape or extend its area without compromising other parts of the home.
“However, we do have control over what it feels like to inhabit the space,” he continues. “An orientated view through a large glazed feature, for example, can make a room feel twice its size.”
“Get your room layout right, starting at the door,” says Byrne. “In a traditional house, doors open so you look at the wall of the room when you enter. If budget allows, re-hang the door, so you can see the whole room
as you walk in. It makes it seem more spacious and easier to get into.”