Small living spaces can present a challenge, so today’s guest post looks at how we can make the most of them.
Not many of us are lucky enough to have spacious, high-ceilinged living rooms, but that doesn’t mean that teeny-tiny lounges must lack style. As these pictures prove, when spaces get smaller we adapt with unusual ways to make the most of them. It’s about keeping the area clutter free with clever storage solutions and simple styling techniques. If your living room is on the tiny side, get inspired by these small living room ideas – all with very big inspiration.
Cool colours on walls can make them appear to recede, and so make the room seem larger and more spacious. White can feel a bit clinical, so go for blues, greens and greys to get the most out of this effect and create a tranquil mood. Additionally, painting walls and ceilings the same colour allows your eye to travel around the room more freely, creating cohesion across all surfaces as well as the illusion of more space. Even with a white ceiling, you can create a continuous flow by painting baseboards and picture rails the same colour. Introducing shiny metallic pendant lights will serve double purpose by drawing the eye upwards as well as bringing more light into the room. Finally, make it a part of your morning routine to open your curtains and blinds and let as much light in as possible in order to really make the most of your living room. When choosing furniture, look for pieces that are light in colour and have separate legs rather than solid bases. Lighter colours occupy less visual weight and legs provide an unobstructed view of the floor, allowing space to appear more open. Coffee tables with built in storage are a fantastic choice, as you can tuck away your magazines and clutter to make sure you’re making the most of all the available space. Bare wood floors in lighter tones also add to a clean, spacious feeling.
Make the Most of Mirrors
Mirrors can make a small space look larger, but it’s not that simple: they function best by reflecting light, be it the light colour of the wall, or light from a window. Be aware of what gets reflected in your mirror by standing in different positions in the room. I have seen mirrors actually decrease visual space because they a solid, heavy wall or piece of furniture, but placing a mirror directly opposite a window can open up a room by a massive degree.
Match Furniture to the Scale of the Room
One mistake people often make when decorating a small living room is to either over or under fill it with furniture that’s too large or too small. If you choose lots of furniture that’s too small, the room will feel both bare and cluttered – definitely not what you’re going for! A single large piece such as a sofa can make the room feel cosy, but more than that will make it feel crowded and overwhelmed. It’s really important to get the balance right!