By using light curtains, allow more light to enter the family area. If possible semi transparent curtains that are sufficient to reduce glare that could be caused because of sunshine, 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 as well as other accessories have been fitted. Because anything inside our living world is obviously "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.