How to design and decorate a small living room. Check out these tips and tricks for maximizing the space in your home.
Paint Your Walls White
Keep walls and floors all white to brighten up the space. Large artwork on the wall is eye-catching yet not the least bit cluttered, as shown in this room designed by Andrew Flesher. That way you can make a colorful piece of furniture the focal point of the room, so it’s not like the walls are closing in on you.
Not Utilizing All Spaces
If you live in New York City, land of inexplicably closet-less apartments, there’s a good chance you have nowhere to hang your coat, much less keep your extra sheets and towels. But in other places, you might have one too many closets — or some other weird design feature you have no clue what to do with. But allowing these areas to go underused seems silly when space is at a premium.
Get a Convertible Sofa
If your small apartment design leans towards the tiny or micro-size like in a studio or efficiency apartment, your living room probably doubles as your bedroom. No worries, you can accommodate both sitting and sleeping in one dual-purpose piece such as a modern convertible sofa, futon, or sofa bed.
Float Your Furniture
Ask any interior designer and they’ll tell you the same thing: Your furniture layout can make or break the efficiency of a small living room. “One mistake a lot of people make in small spaces is pushing furniture up against the walls,” says Jess Blumberg of Dale Blumberg Interiors. “If you float furniture away from walls, it will actually make the space look larger.
Weidenbaum cautions, “It’s important to remember you don’t need a million accessories, just a couple high-impact pieces. When shopping at budget-friendly stores, one can get carried away because everything looks so cute. But before checkout, try editing out a few items.”
Harmonize The Patterns
To have unison in your decor avoid too many choices of prints. And also, stay away from many bold prints. But if you really wanted to have it, one or two throw pillow or rugs with large geometric daring prints will do no harm.
Bring in Natural Light
Ahh natural light! It always makes a space feel so much larger and more open. While window treatments are great for privacy at night, open those babies up during the day and let the natural light shine in. Think about your furniture placement in regards to the windows in your space. You don’t want your furniture to be blocking light coming in, so like this space below, position your sectional or sofa perpendicular to the window.
Mirrors And Reflective Accessories
It’s the oldest trick in the book, we know, but it works. Placing a large mirror on the adjacent wall to your biggest window will reflect the most light, but if your windows are small or you don’t want to rely on natural light, try placing a tall mirror behind furniture or lighting to create the visual trick of another room opening up beyond.
If you’ve ever tried eating dinner at a coffee table, you know it really isn’t possible unless you don’t mind being hunched over so far your nose touches your knees. But a single person—or even a pair of people—doesn’t need a massive dining room table to suit their needs on a daily basis. If your living room needs to also serve as the dining room, consider a round café table with two chairs. It can easily be pulled out from the wall to fit four in the event of a dinner party just by adding two folding chairs.
If you are fortunate enough to have high ceilings you definitely have to take advantage of that wall space!