Do you want a great living room but only have a tiny amount of square footage to work with? Take your small living room and turn it into a space of ultimate comfort and relaxation. Using the following tips and tricks, you will discover that you don’t need an abundance of space to maintain the perfect living area.
1. Alternative Coffee Table
One of the most space-consuming items of furniture in any given living room is the coffee table. Although it is not necessary to have one, it is nice to be able to set down your drink and even kick up your feet if you dare. Instead of opting to a glass or wooden table that can appear bulky, opt for smaller pieces that are easy to move. These wicker tables are stylish as well as functional.
2. Utilize Wall Space
If you have the opportunity to use your wall space, try setting up shelving. You’ll be able to keep your book collection, dvds, and even decorative items on display, yet out of the way. By utilizing the shelving, you will have no need for bulky furniture items such as armoires or china cabinets. This will also give the room a much more modern feel.
3. Modular Sofas
Seating is the main priority in a living room, and having enough of it in a small space is important. With the use of modular sofas that are raised above the ground, you will be able to make the most of your square footage as well as map out the flow of your floorplan. Go for something that has no arm rests to keep the space free, and choose a bold color if you wish to make your sofa the statement piece of your living room.
4. Multi-Purpose Pieces
Is it a bar cart or an end table? It is both! When you are working with decorating a small space, pieces like this are ideal. Keep your surfaces free for decor or storage while opting for in-ceiling, decorative lighting fixtures if you are able to. When you have the ability to use furniture for more than one purpose, not only are you being savvy with space but you are also exercising your creativity.
5. Use Vertical Space
If you don’t have the ability to spread out your furniture and decor, build from the ground up! In this inspiration photo, the artwork is stacked vertically to emphasize the height of the room. This can give the illusion that the ceiling is a lot taller than it really is. It will also become a nice focal point and eye-catching feature in the room.
6. Combine Rooms
Don’t be afraid to combine your kitchen and living room! Many people do not have the space for a formal dining room, nor would they use one. So if you think combining the two is going to be right for you, use furniture placement to divide your living space from your eating space without closing off the room. As you can see, the way that the seating is angled makes it appear as if the living room is its own entity.
7. Use Color
Pick a color scheme and decorate accordingly. Don’t be afraid to mix unconventional color combinations and/or patterns. This will give your living room more depth while also providing a nice theme. You can easily transform your theme at your own will, this way you’ll never get tired of the space.
8. High Curtains
Hang your curtains higher than your actual windows. Using this technique, the room will appear larger and you will be able to provide the illusion that you have full length windows. Choosing light colored curtains are a must when it comes to this tip. With natural daylight shining through curtains that are lighter, the room will feel much more comfortable and open.
9. Fireplace Utilization
If your living room comes complete with a fireplace, you are really going to want to utilize the space around and above it. Finding a way to safely mount your television above it is really going to help with saving space. Built-in wall units are ideal! If you want to decorate on the same wall, add a couple of floating shelves to house your collectibles. You will have twice as much floor space than you would if you went with a traditional multi media stand.
10. Work Those Angles
If you are not feeling like you can part with your favorite rug or your trusty armchair, a great solution is to angle your furniture. Although it may appear unconventional at first, by doing this, you’ll be able to maximize space without giving up the quantity of your items. Not everyone is fond of the minimalist approach to decorating small living rooms, so think outside of the box!