When it comes to interiors, all spaces present design challenges. However, if you could only pick one room in your house or apartment to put your entire heart into decorating, the living space would be on the top of the list, as it is the room where you probably spend the most of your time. Designing a small living room is especially tricky, but don’t despair. We have some amazing ideas that will help you make your space look modern and functional.
- USE MIRRORS AND WALLPAPERS
If the room is tiny and if it is short on windows, it can definitely feel boxed in. Add depth, boost light and create a focal point all at once by hanging a mirror or papering a wall. If possible, try to position the mirror across from a window – the mirror will reflect the view outside and will make the room airier.
- CHOOSE SMALL – SCALE FURNITURE
Bulky and full-size sofas will make your living room look smaller. So, I advise you to go to antiques shops and look for some small-scale furniture that will work great for your space.
- USE MULTIFUNCTIONAL FURNITURE
Think of using ottomans that can be used as extra seating or a coffee table, little stools that can be tables or seats, or nesting side tables that can be moved around as needed.
- ADD HIDDEN STORAGE
To limit clutter, I advise you to choose furniture with built-in storage. Storage ottomans and trunks can be used as coffee tables as well as for storing things.
- ADD PLANTS
Like mirrors and wallpapers, plants are a magnificent way to add depth to a tiny area. Lush greenery can fool the eye into thinking there is more to the room than there really is and can soften the dull corners. Flowers and plants are especially effective behind or beside sofas and chairs.
- ADD INVISIBLE PIECE
Glass and acrylic are great materials to use in a small living room, because they take up zero visual space. You can find many furniture designs, like nesting side tables, coffee tables or chairs made of these clear materials.
- USE NEUTRAL COLORS
One of the most popular trick for small living spaces is the use of neutral colors on furniture upholstery, ceiling, floor or wall. A palette of beiges or off-whites will make your room look larger. Soft and neutral hues can add instant sophistication to your room and can create a calming environment.
- DRAW THE EYE UPWARD
If your room has a high ceiling, make the most of it by decorating the space in a way that draws the eye upward. Floor-to-ceiling drapes are always a great choice, but if not possible, you can also think about adding midsize artwork too. Both ways will make your room feel larger than it actually is.