It’s too large, it won’t fit in my living room; do you say these words when you visit furniture stores or antique shops? If yes, then you are in the right place that will give you smart solutions and ideas to turn your small living room into an amazing room that will inspire your family and friends, so let’s begin.
When it comes to the colors, go for the neutral colors when you paint your living room walls and use light colors like white, ivory and beige to make the room look larger. You can apply the same idea to the fabrics to get better results. Don’t worry; you still can mix between colors if you prefer that, just make sure to stick to the light colors.
For example, you can paint the walls with beige, look for a white couch and ivory chairs. Mixing colors is always a good idea to apply in living rooms, because it adds a nice touch of color contrast in the room which enhances the beauty of each part of living room design.
When you choose the furniture pieces, avoid the large sized ones that may cause traffic problem and give bad feelings of narrowness. It’s always better to choose small and practical furniture pieces that are easy to move and give a feeling of extra space. For example, go for a couch with thin square arm instead of the one that has large rounded arm. You can also choose one side open ended couch; it will provide more seating places and use less space. If you don’t have enough space for the couch or it won’t fit your living room design, you can replace it with couple of love seats or one love seat with two armless chairs on both sides.
It would be such a nice idea if you search for the furniture pieces that have storage places like a couch with storage place or a coffee table with shelves or drawers. Speaking of the coffee table, always look for glass coffee table if you have a small living room, because they kind of trick the eye and will make the place look larger. If you can’t find a glass coffee table with storage places like shelves or drawers, you can use another smart idea instead. Look for couple of small and short poufs in good colors and tuck them under the table, they will work as extra seating places and they will give the table an amazing cheerful look in the same time.
For sure, it’s okay to go for a wooden coffee table if you want; just make sure to choose a suitable sized table with glass top to avoid any traffic problems in your living room and to add a touch of glamour to your living room. The adjustable coffee tables sounds like a good and smart idea as well, you can adjust their height according to what you are using it for and they won’t take that much space like coffee table.
When it comes to choosing the TV unit, for sure a wall mounted unit is more preferred in the case of small living rooms; it will eliminate any clutter and use almost no space of the room. Generally, in small living rooms or any other small room, it’s always better to use the free vertical space you have and avoid putting any unnecessary piece on the floor to provide enough free space for you to move easily and to make the room look larger.
If you don’t have enough space to put side tables, you can look for foldable ones instead. They are so easy to use and store, you can keep them in any empty corner in your living room or any other room in your home; they will be very helpful when you receive guests or when you have big family meetings.
Now, it’s time to talk about the small things that makes the huge differences and we will start with mirrors. Mirrors are the magical solution for small spaces problem, so what about hanging one on any wall in your living room? It will make your room look bigger and more glowing; you can double the effect by placing it across the window or any other lighting source like candles.
You can even use the mirror as the focal point of your living room, just choose a place that catches the eye like the wall that is facing your living room’s entrance, choose a mirror with simple and nice ornate frame and hang it on this wall. The size of the mirror will depend on the free space you have, you can install a full length mirror or you can go for a small hanging mirror, it’s also up to your personal taste.
Hang the curtains closer to the ceiling to make your living room look larger and avoid using blinds, because they give feeling of tightness. You can replace the blinds with curtains in light fabric like sheer and use heavy drapes in light colors to block the light and to get more privacy. Go for plain curtains or at least curtains with simple prints; too much prints or huge prints may make the room look crowded and tight.
Choosing the proper lighting is an important factor in making small living rooms look larger, so make sure to design a large window and like I mentioned above hang the curtains high. That isn’t all use other lighting sources like ceiling pendant, LED strips, table lamps and spot lights. A room filled with lighting will look brighter and larger than a dark one. Just remember to avoid putting any lighting on the floor like floor lamps and replace them with wall scones or adjustable wall lighting instead, if you want to add some lighting fixtures for reading in your living room.
Last but not least, look for simple and small decorative pieces that give beautiful effect without occupying much space. For example, you can look something green like small plant pot, glass vase with fresh flowers or nice golden wall clock.
Achieving an attractive living room design has nothing to do with the room’s space or even the budget you have, the ideas are always the major part of any good design. Having a small living room, doesn’t mean you can’t fully enjoy it and design it the way you like, it’s all about finding the most suitable and smartest alternatives that do the same job in perfect ways.