Space is a commodity that is all too often in short supply, especially when it comes to living rooms. If you have a small living room and you want to get the most out of the space you have, you need to think outside the box to create the illusion of space. Below are some decorating ideas for small spaces that can help you create a living room that feels comfortable and spacious.
Keep Only the Bare Necessities
Wondering how to make a small living room feel bigger? Start by stripping it down to the bare essentials. Whether it’s a knick-knack or bric-a-brac, get it out of the home. This small apartment decorating tip will help open the space up and give you room to breathe.
Of course, you will want to keep a few pieces to create interest and serve as focal points within the room. Think small when choosing which pieces to keep and which to discard. Placing a few small pictures or vases throughout the room can make the room feel larger without cluttering it up.
Scale Your Furniture Down to Size
Still wondering how to make a small room feel bigger? A simple thing you can do is to remove big and bulky pieces of furniture. Get rid of the overstuffed couch, the large coffee table and the wall-to-wall entertainment center. Replace these with smaller, low-profile pieces of furniture that serve the same function but take up a fraction of the space.
For example, a small sofa paired with a similarly sized coffee table can provide the same functionality in a fraction of the space. It is also a good idea to tie everything together with an area rug that is slightly smaller than the size of the space between the various pieces of furniture.
Lighten Up by Lighting it Up
A well-lit room is one of the most important decorating ideas for small spaces. Choosing bright colors for the walls and furniture will also create an ambiance that is warm and inviting. Paired with multi-layered lighting, you can create a cathedral of light that flows through the room throughout the day and night.
You can enhance the effect by playing with different shades of white, light gray, yellow and other soft colors on trim and accent pieces. Using these different colors creates a gentle sense of depth within the room that helps enhance the expansive feel.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
What is the largest living room of them all? Surely, it is the one with the over-sized mirror. The larger the mirror, the greater the effect on the space.
Opting for an architectural styled window such as a decorative oval mirror has the added effect of appearing as an additional door or secret window. This creates the added bonus of making the apartment itself appear grander and more expansive.
Double Down on Duty
Small apartment decorating is all about assigning multiple functions to a single piece of furniture. When space is at a premium, it is a good idea to choose coffee tables, credenzas, entertainment centers and couches that can serve multiple purposes. Carefully choosing these pieces maximizes functionality within the room and means that you don’t have to sacrifice function for comfort simply because you don’t have enough space for every piece of furniture you desire.
For example, you can opt for the Verona coffee table that has open storage, or the Fairfax, which offers hidden storage space within secret drawers. Whether you choose open storage or secret compartments, these features can help you tidy up the room and the rest of the space.
Are you still wondering how to make a small living room feel bigger? Stop by Phoenix Furniture Outlet and we will be happy to provide you with more suggestions. Consider bringing a couple photographs of your space with you so that we can show you furniture that is ideal for your particular setting. This way, you can more quickly create the comfortable ambiance and relaxing atmosphere that you desire.