Add more space with clever decorating

By making calculated decorating choices and being careful not to clutter the room, Chevaune Allers has made her open-plan living room feel much larger than it actually is

To create uniformity and unity in her living room, interior designer Chevaune Allers of Couch + Interiors chose a light neutral colour palette for all the bigger elements, such as the walls, floors, carpet and the sofa. These elements all seamlessly merge together enhancing the sense of room

The choice of an L-shape couch gives enough seating but doesn’t take up as much floor space as two sofas. Together with the interesting display of quirky artefacts, the added accents of colour in the scatter cushions and brightly upholstered chair catch the eye and detract from the compact nature of the room. “The careful display of special pieces is key to the success of this scheme – decluttering creates the illusion of space,” comments Chevaune.


The shape of the antique dining table makes it easy to move around and, as it doesn’t divide the dining zone from the seating area, it effectively all becomes part of one bigger scheme. In addition, the transparent chairs keep the look light. The elongated photo prints above the table draw the eye along the wall visually expanding the room. The simple white venetian blinds add a contemporary and practical feel.Dining table