By using light curtains, allow more light to enter the family room. If possible semi transparent curtains that are just enough to reduce glare which might be caused because of direct sunlight, instead of using heavy looking "valances" use simple and. 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. There is one more different procedure for defining the perception of the living room (or any interior space) and that's the empty volume left out after all the furniture along with other accessories have been fitted. Because anything in our living world is usually "relative". The perceived volume is always relative to the empty volume that is certainly normally used for circulation. The more empty volume you get, the bigger the room will look.