A small living room needs careful planning, or the result can be an interior which feels overly cluttered with a mish mash of furniture. It is important to maximise the sense of space and keep your living room a comfortable and inviting place to be.
So how do you decide exactly what you need? Ideal Home magazine offers a few tips.
Using mirrors to reflect light and colour is standard advice for small spaces, but this is because it works. For the best results, pick a large mirror—even floor to ceiling if you really want to go for it! Choosing light bright colour schemes and placing the mirror opposite a window will also help to create the illusion of space.
Use recessed spaces, corners, and free vertical space on walls for storage units, or stacked or floating shelves. However, try not to pack them full of unsightly clutter. Create an attractive display of your favourite books, pictures and ornaments to keep the area harmonious and welcoming.
A three-seat sofa can overwhelm a small room, so downsize it for a two-seater or even a 1.5 seat ‘snuggler’. These will comfortably seat a parent and child, or a cosy couple, hence the other name of ‘loveseat’ for this style of chair! Choose light colours or pretty floral patterns to create a sense of the outdoors.
Wall mounted shelves which can accommodate your flat screen TV and audio devices will free up floor space, and allow for extra storage of remote controls, box sets, and so on. The area underneath the shelves can be used for slim drawers, or to store occasional tables, footstools, or drum storage stools.
If the room is part of a period property, it may have a bay window area which is often left empty. However, if you are short on floor space, it may accommodate a compact sofa or sideboard, making the rest of the room feel more spacious. Alternatively, you could put a TV unit in a smaller unused area.
You should aim to avoid a room that is cluttered with furniture. As well as buying items which are proportional to the room size, consider storable pieces which can be tucked away when not in use. Cube stools or beanbags take up far less space than a bulky armchair, for example, and can be stowed under a coffee table when not in use.
Look for pieces of furniture with hidden storage, such as lidded stools, coffee tables which double as storage bins, and sofas with access to the underneath. These items will allow you to store anything out of sight, so they will free up cupboard space elsewhere in your home. Furniture with reflective gloss surfaces will also help to create the illusion of space and light.
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