Is your teeny tiny living room getting you down? It shouldn’t be. Follow our six golden rules for tackling small spaces to fall in love with your cosy home once more. Vast living spaces? Who needs them?
1. Get clever with awkward spaces
Turn tricky living room spaces into surprise storage solutions. A window recess makes a perfect compact dining space. Keep the colour scheme simple to avoid things feeling cramped or cluttered. You can also use alcoves and the under-stairs area for bookcases and shoe storage, or even a small home office. The key is to think carefully about what you’ll actually use each shelf or cupboard for, before you buy them – that way, no space is wasted.
2. Play tricks with proportion
Choose simple, compact furniture that suits the size and height of your living room, and measure carefully to make sure you can still move around in comfort. Keep floors clear – it’ll improve the flow of your room and make it feel much bigger if your line of sight isn’t interrupted by unnecessary objects taking up floor space.
3. Use your walls wisely
Wall-mount your TV and audio speakers, and think about the positioning of radiators to free up space for bookshelves, a coat rack or even a hanging plant pot. Doors can come in handy, too – loop handbags, belts and shoes onto hooks added to the backs of doors between rooms.
4. Keep decoration clean and simple
Swap furniture with busy detail for more streamlined designs. If you eat in your living room, a square white dining table is practical and simple and takes up far less room than a round one. Invest in stylish pieces such as cool glasses, smart serving places and handmade ceramic bowls that can double decorative pieces when they’re not in use (rather than taking up more precious cupboard space).
5. Play with light
Maximise space in your living room with see-through or reflective furniture – glass tables are practically invisible, glass vases appear to hover and white-topped coffee and lamp tables bounce light around beautifully. Windows can benefit from the simple approach, too – use modern shutters or sleek blinds instead of curtains – they take up less space, and let in heaps more light.
6. Think multi-function
Make your living room flexible by choosing pieces of furniture with more than one use. Combine living and dining space, or use your dining table as a desk by day. Use rugs or pretty pendant lights to ‘zone’ your multi-functional areas – you’ll immediately find that they have their own identity.
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