STYLE & INSPIRATION
Cosy and comfortable, small living rooms should not be underestimated. The truth is, it’s all about getting the décor right. With carefully selected, well-placed furniture and decorations, your small living room can easily be transformed into a spacious, stylish haven. The key is to keep clutter to a minimum and always choose the space-saving option, from elegant and practical wall shelves to a multi-purpose ottoman. Read on for decorating tips, including which safe-saving furniture pieces you should go for to make a small living room look bigger.
Save space with seating
When choosing a sofa, look for a design with a small profile, and stay away from designs with thick, high arms and a high back, as this can make your room look smaller.Another way you can create more space in your room is to opt for a sofa with raised, thin legs. The air flowing underneath will help make things look less crowded.
If you’re seating lots of people, corner sofas will fit into a smaller living space better than two individual sofas.As a general rule, position your sofa in the darkest corner and try to keep it a good distance away from windows,as this will block light and make the room look more cramped.
Use wall décor to your advantageWhen you only have a small living space, the floor can quickly become cluttered, making the room look more crowded.Free up some space and inject personality into your living room with clever wall decor.
Wall shelving is one of the savviest space-saving options out there, and it’s a great décor choice for those on a budget. While bookshelves, tables and storage boxes can take up valuable floor space, wall shelving offers an attractive way to store ornaments, books, makeup, or frankly anything you like – without adding clutter to your floor.
Wall art:Accentuate your living area and add your own personal stamp with some wall art. Whether you opt for bright and colourful or neutral and simplistic, whatever your taste, wall art is a great way to makeyour living space feel more like home.
Since mirrors reflect light, they’re a super quick fix for making a small room look and feel bigger. Opt for wall-mounted mirrors to save space – rather than freestanding styles – and choose a design with a thin frame for a sleek and elegant finish.
Incorporate multi-purpose furniture:
When space is limited, multi-purpose furniture is a must. A footstool that also doubles up as a storage unit? Ideal. A coffee table with built-in drawers? Now you’re talking. If your home space doubles as your working space, having a designated area to allow you to work is essential. A functional desk will help you to get the job done, and with hideaway designs available, clocking off of work has never been easier.
While the name ‘coffee table’ may suggest that this piece of furniture is merely to be used for setting drinks on, the reality is much more open-ended than that. Use your table as a base for lamps, magazines and even your TV – and if your table comes with built-in drawers, you can easily stash your stationery, book collection, remotes and more in here.
Add some complementary furnishings
This is the part where you can really begin to make your living room feel like home.From colourful rugs to cosy throws, the choice is entirely yours.
If you’re looking to spruce up your living room with minimum effort, then a rug is a great way to do so. In the spirit of saving space and making your room look bigger, choose a simple, one or two-tone design and stay away from heavy patterns.
Light up your room with a stylish lamp that won’t take up much space. Choose a sleek, modern design for a contemporary feel, and if you’re keen on saving space,a wall-mounted lamp is a great option.
Cushions and throws:
Is there anything better than changing into your comfy clothes after a long day at work and settling down on the sofa? Make things even more comfortable with some plush cushions and a throw – perfect for those family movie nights.
From wall shelving to a brand new coffee table, there are so many ways you can spruce up a small living room. Feeling inspired?Discover our guide to buying the perfect sofa.
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