With apartments on the rise, as opposed to homes, small living rooms are increasingly becoming a reality of modern day living. These spaces often present with design challenges. A few clever design inputs can enhance the look and feel of the space.
It can be tricky to design small living rooms. Do you emphasize the space or the components of the space? Can there be a balance between making them feel spacious while adding additional furniture? How should the layout be? Designing a small living room comes with its challenges. To make it easier for you to go about the process, below are 10 smart design tips that will help in making the most of this space.
1. SELECT SMALL FURNITURE
Huge sofas and bulky armchairs that look good in magazines may not be meant for your living space. Instead of choosing a uniform size, chairs and sofas in different shapes and colors can be mixed together to create an eclectic look, while also acting as a great conversation starter.
2. FILL UP A CORNER SPACE
Although it might sound counter-productive, filling up the corner in a small living room with one piece of large furniture – a sofa or armchair – can actually lend a sense of expansiveness to the space. Besides adding a unique dimension to the room, this arrangement also seats many people and makes the rest of the room feel uncluttered.
3. CREATE HIDDEN STORAGE
Since space is at a premium in small living rooms, creating built-in storage in furniture – using an old trunk as a coffee table, or a sofa that doubles up as a bed – are all clever ways of maximizing storage, without taking up additional space.
4. USE INTERESTING DESIGN ELEMENTS
Although the living space may be small, adding unique design elements can invigorate the space. A living room without ventilation and small can feel too boxed in. By creating a focal point, adding light reflections and increasing depth, such as quirky wall paper, a hanging wall mirror or a chandelier of hanging origami birds, can make the space look more fun.
5. EMPHASIZE VERTICAL DESIGN
If your small living room has a greater height, rather than width, make the most of it. Fill the walls with eclectic artworks or interesting wall decor that takes the gaze away from the limited space.
6. DO AWAY WITH THE FLUFF
Furniture that is bought for homes is bulky and selected mainly for their look. For small living rooms, it makes sense to select simple furniture with clean lines, elegant, yet understated. Alternatively, sofa sets can even be placed in the center of the room.
7. USE BACKLESS SOFAS
Sofa sets are often placed against the wall, but a twist to this is placing them in the center of the room. Rather than having it gobble up your space however, one way to work around this arrangement is to have a backless sofa which looks chic and elegant. It also helps divide the room into two segments.
8. ADD GREENERY
Besides decor ideas, plants also add a wonderful depth and dimension to a small living room. Greenery softens sharp edges, adds little pockets of interest to the room and coaxes the eye into a false sense of expansiveness. They can be placed besides furniture and in corner spaces.
9. USE MULTI-FUNCTIONAL FURNITURE
Every piece of furniture in a small living space has to be useful. Always keep this in mind when selecting coffee tables that also act as storage nesting side tables that can be placed around or little stools that can double up as tables as well.
10. USE INVISIBLE FURNITURE
Glass, acrylic and lucite are materials that are visually elegant while taking up almost zero visual space. They are great for small living rooms because they are unobtrusive. Coffee tables, small stools and even floor lamps work well in clear material.
Small design changes and decor highlights can transform the look of small living spaces. Incorporating them ensures your home is a cozy, eclectic space without compromise on looks.