Living room with pale blue and grey scheme

In a small living room cool shades like soft blue, such as Sanctuary Retreat from Homebase that is used on the walls, make the space feel bigger. And for a widening effect, try a run of shallow shelves to expand an alcove, or an oversized striped cushion on a compact sofa that will trick the eye into thinking the sofa is wider than it is. Nearly invisible furniture, like this glass coffee table and side table from Dwell, also creates an instant sense of space.

Tables
Dwell

Paint
Homebase

Sofa and extended cushion
Sofa Workshop

Fabric blind
Vanessa Arbuthnott

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