Allow more light to enter the family area by using light curtains. Instead of using heavy looking "valances" use simple and easy if possible semi transparent curtains that are adequate to reduce glare that has to be caused because of sunlight. Use brighter color schemes commonly known as "hot" color schemes. These create a very good reflection and transmission of natural as well as artificial light inside the living room. You can find one more different strategy to defining the thought of the living room (or any interior space) and that's the empty volume left out after all the furniture and other accessories have been fitted. Because anything in your living world is definitely "relative". The perceived volume is always relative to the empty volume that is normally used for circulation. The more empty volume you get, the bigger the room will look.