Overcome the Design Challenges of a Small Living Room
There’s a fine equilibrium between elegance and utility. How much is too much when it comes to interior decoration? The living room is, many say, the heart of a home. It’s the place where everyone unwinds: a treasured space that often sets the tone for the rest of the home. Yet this is a room that needs to be visually stimulating. It also needs to be sensible. Is there a way to efficiently blend all of these elements and get a room that pleases and teases the eye at the same time?
A tiny living room, however, makes things that much more complicated. Squeezing in extra seating, making the room feel spacious (even when it isn’t) and choosing the correct furniture may prove especially tricky. So here are a few tips to help you make the best of your situation:
One particular issue with small living rooms is a window shortage. As such, the room may feel quite dark. Luckily, you can deal with such an issue by using mirrors. A mirror, when positioned correctly, will boost light and add depth to your living room. Pair that with light wallpaper and center the mirror between two floor lamps. Another option is to place the mirror across from a window, so that it reflects the outside view and gives the illusion of an extra window.
Choose Furniture Cleverly
It’s obvious that you won’t be able to fit an oversized sofa in a tiny living room. Bulky furniture simply won’t do in such situations. But the key is to find the perfect small-scale furniture. Love seats, chairs and tiny settees are excellent options. Also, make sure to find petite tables or to have trunks double as coffee tables since storage will also be an issue.
Play Around with Layers
You can easily lighten the mood by covering your gorgeous, dark wood floors with light-colored rugs. Another idea is to place area rugs over a carpet.
Light tones will make your small living room look much bigger than it is. Even if you have traditional taste, you can still find the perfect mix of light-colored armchairs, sofa, and glass coffee table.
Consider Hidden Storage
With small living rooms, storage is also an issue, so go for furniture pieces that already have built-in storage, such as trunks or storage ottomans doubling as coffee tables. There are countless storage solutions for even the tiniest of rooms.
Use Reflective Materials
Aside from the mirror itself, you can always choose reflective materials when decorating. These lamps, for instance, are excellent as they serve a double purpose: they do not only represent light sources, but also reflect it.
Consider Multifunctional Furniture
Small rooms call for ultra-functional furniture. Search for a stylish sofa that can also double as a guest bed, use ottomans, side tables and versatile stools.
Cozy Window Seats
Window seats work great in small living rooms, especially since they can be constructed so as to double as tiny bookshelves. A built-in window seat offers a great seating solution while maximizing the space you have in the room.
Who Really Needs a Sofa?
You need to be flexible when decorating. Most homes have sofas, that’s true, but that doesn’t mean that yours also has to. If a room simply doesn’t permit a sofa, consider placing armchairs around a breathtaking coffee table instead.
Take Advantage of Every Nook and Cranny
Using stylish shelves to maximize vertical space usage is also an excellent solution for a tiny living room. It draws your eye upward and gives the impression of a larger room. You can alternatively place several low, backless stools in front of the bookcase and create a tiny reading area.
The key with tiny rooms is making them feel uncluttered. Transparent tables (be they glass or acrylic) trick the eye into thinking that a room is bigger. Pair them with white armchairs and sofas or light-toned walls.
Strategical pops of color are excellent ways of driving the eye towards focus points of a room. A neutral room can always be highlighted by using color.
Remember that there are always clever solutions when decorating your home. The size of the room shouldn’t make you feel any less enthusiastic. So plan ahead and find what works best for you!
Paul Groberts is an eager reader passionate about interior design and writing. Excellence and good taste above anything else is what Teodora believes in. Elegance is planned, she thinks, so helping others create the homes that reflect their desires and personalities is worth all the effort.