So, many small or big living room ideas revolve around tricking the eye into making the area appear more spacious. Such strategies can transform an area that feels cramped and claustrophobic into one that feels cozy and aesthetically pleasing. Decorate in a way that maximizes light and space, and pay attention to how you use color, scale and weight. It can make quite a difference.
It’s interesting to try new things. Sometimes traditional ideas about living room decor aren’t the best solution for a small space. Instead of using blinds for window treatments, use long, flowing drapes because they draw attention to vertical space, thus expanding the area of the room. Your living room, regardless of size, should be able to function as a space for relaxation and entertaining. Here are some of our favorite ways to make it feel more spacious.
Every living space needs a table-height surface for homework and projects. If space is tight, tuck a console table like this one behind the sofa or against a wall.Check out these tables on amazon.com for your living room.
If your sofa or sectional dominates the room, paint walls a shade lighter than the upholstery. The eye will skate across the room, not get stuck on the sofa.
Choosing a paint color is something a lot of people struggle with, and if there’s one thing that most people do wrong, it’s choosing the paint color first. Painting is relatively easy (painting can be a pain, but it’s not difficult), and it’s inexpensive, so choose your more expensive pieces first and then choose a color based on them.One of my favorite tricks is to prime one wall with multiple coats of Rust-Oleum’s magnetic primer ($22 per quart), then paint over it with whatever color you like. It turns the wall into a message center or gallery for kid’s artwork without the visual clutter or multiple nail holes.
Lighting is a somewhat complex element of any room. In living rooms, it’s less so than in more utilitarian rooms like kitchens, but there are still some important considerations that should not be ignored. Most importantly, there needs to be a sampling of each of the three main types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent. Then after that, they need to be placed at different levels throughout the room. Consider overhead lighting, table and floor lamps, and wall sconces.
Position diffused, low-watt lighting, such as sconces with frosted glass shades or table lamps on dimmers, behind and slightly to the side of your TV. Your eyes will experience less strain as the picture shifts from light to dark.
To discourage clutter, adopt this rule: If you carry it in, you carry it out. Items left out at the end of the night go into the “penalty box.” To retrieve them, you have to pay the penalty, such as doing a dreaded household chore.
Arrange furniture for conversation. Put pieces at cozy right angles close enough so people can talk, not just blow kisses across the room.
Keep Accessories Together
Display coffee table accessories on a tray so it’s easy to remove them all at once when you’re ready to play a game or have a pizza.
Look at this lamps as a way to add color and sculpture to the room without the clutter of knick-knacks. Three-way bulbs are a must. The low setting emits a soft glow; turn up the juice when you’re ready to read.Check this lamps for example.
Floor cushions add extra seating — perfect for kids — without introducing more furniture than your room can handle.
The size of TV your room can accommodate depends on how far you sit from it. The distance between you and the screen should be equal to two or three times the diagonal screen size. If you’re between two screen sizes, go with the larger one.Check this tv on amazon.
My secret weapon is a round coffee table with a shelf below. The rounded edges are safer for little noggins.
To tuck a reading corner into a small space, choose a tight-backed chair rather than one with a separate back cushion. It’s shallower but still comfy, especially when you add throw pillows.
Make the floor extra cushy for lounging by throwing a layer of carpet padding under your area rug. Buy it at any home improvement or carpet store. You can pad a 6×9 rug for about $19.
Stash remote (plus coasters, napkins, lip balm, and other necessities) in an attractive box. Bonus: You’ll always know where to find them.
If you need a desk or work space in the living room, go for the prettiest office accessories you can find, and use a dining chair as a stylish, streamlined seat.
Add Longevity with Outdoor Fabrics
Choosing furniture upholstered in outdoor fabrics, Ultrasuede, synthetic blends, or fabrics treated with high-tech stain-resistance, such as Nanotex, adds longevity to your furniture, whether your life includes kids, pets, or clumsy guests.
Get a Collected Look Now
Want a collected-over-time look right now? You can’t go wrong if you mix a slipcovered sofa, a dark wood coffee table, and a leather chair. Pick distressed wood and leather so you won’t have to worry about putting the first scratch on them.
Designers often place mirrors strategically in small places in order to make them feel larger. One of the most common small living room ideas is to hang a large mirror in a central location to create a focal point. To reflect light and add a nice ambiance, put it behind a light source such as a candle or pendant lamp. If possible, position a mirror across from your window so it will reflect the view and give the illusion of another window.Check this mirrors on amazon.com
Empty walls are a sign of an incomplete room. This doesn’t mean you need to fill every inch, but decorating the walls with art is important. (Note that it is important, but it does not need to be expensive). What one person considers art can vary drastically from another’s so it’s important to follow your instincts when it comes to what you like and what will go in your room. That said, there are a lot of rules that are worth following if you want your room to look its best.
A room has a vertical dimension as well as a horizontal one. If your living room has a high ceiling, make the most of the extra space by decorating it in a manner that draws the eye upward. Floor-to-ceiling drapes are a stylish way to accomplish this goal.
Another idea is to fill the vertical space with a menagerie of small to midsize artwork. This technique will make the room feel larger than it actually is, because it invites the eye to roam beyond the eye-level horizontal space that may feel confined.Check this wall designs on amazon.
When you shop for furniture, consider its visual weight. This concept refers to the perceived heaviness of an object based on size, color and design. Pick out pieces that have a lightweight appearance, as heavier ones will seem to constrict a space.
Opt for pale colors over darker ones, and select pieces that have legs while avoiding those that are boxy. Glass coffee or end tables will take up less visual space than wooden ones because you can see through them. Any furnishings that don’t obstruct views will make an area seem more open.
Select Small-Scale Furniture
A list of small living room ideas would not be complete without the recommendation to select furniture that won’t overpower the room or appear to dominate the space. A sofa with thin arms and a tightly upholstered back is preferable to one with substantial arms and a multi-cushion back.
If space is tight, you could do without a couch completely, either choosing a loveseat or opting to position four chairs around a coffee table. When picking out chairs, consider armless ones because they will take up less space than a model with arms.Check this wall designs on amazon.