Not every one of us is lucky to live in a spacious home. People who live in modern apartments in urban communities often complain about the small size of their rooms.
If you are one of those unlucky people, you should think of some creative solutions to your problem. You need to view the situation as a design challenge. If you cannot extend your space and make it larger, you can at least think of ways to best utilize it. With thoughtful planning and a few simple tricks, even the tiniest room can be made to look and feel spacious.
Here are some ideas that can help you make the most of your small living room.
1. Open it up to Other Rooms
If you have a limited living area, you can open up doorways to blend adjacent rooms together. Your living room can combine a living, dining and kitchen space if you take down the walls that separate them. If this is not structurally possible, you can widen the doors separating these rooms and open them to the ceiling to create a larger, more open feeling.
2. Manipulate the Color of your Walls
Using white or pale colors is always good advice for painting a small room.
However, contrary to what you may believe, painting one of the walls in deep, dark hues would also be a great idea, as it would create the illusion that your room is larger than it is. Soothing colors, such as blue or dark gray, can make a small room stylish, especially when this deep hue is balanced with the paler, lighter shades of other elements of the room such as the furniture, the curtains, or the rug.
3. Use Furniture with Exposed Legs
A wonderful idea for a small room is to have built-in furniture that not only saves space but also provides storage. But, if you don’t favor the idea of having built-ins in your living room, you can still have a sofa, but instead of a sofa with a skirt, one with exposed legs would be perfect for your small space.
It is also worth mentioning that in small living rooms, having one large sofa instead of small individual pieces would make the room feel more airy and spacious with less clutter.
4. Allow the Sunlight in
A natural light source would make your room brighter. Large windows can be kept without curtains or blinds to allow as much sunlight in as possible. However, you can only do this if you live in a place with no surrounding buildings, or if you don’t mind having curious people peeping through your windows!
But if this does not suit your lifestyle, you can use sheer draperies or curtains that are streamlined, light and simple to cover the windows. You can also use unlined curtains, so you would still let in the daylight.
An easier option is to adjust the height and size of your drapery rod! Placing your rod higher up would give the illusion of higher ceilings, and extending it past the width of the window, would make the window and the room itself appear wider.
5. Use a Mirror
Mirrors are perfect for enhancing natural light and making a room look larger. You can use a large mirror placed across from a window to reflect its light and optimize its effect. Tall, vertical mirrors would make a room look taller, and horizontal ones would make it appear wider.
6. Use Multiple Light Sources
Using one central overhead light source in your living room pools all the light in one space and leaves the rest of the room dim and full of shadows. Instead, use a few smaller light sources, such as floor lamps, table lamps, or sconces, to spread the light around the room and make it look larger.
7. Use a Dramatic Artwork
Another idea that would make a room feel more expansive is hanging up artworks that are large and bold. With an impressive large-scale art piece, the eye will be attracted to this standout feature, which will overshadow the room’s small size.
8. Use a Big Rug
Use a rug that is big enough to rest at least the front legs of your living room furniture on, preferably one that goes beyond the furniture, under the sofa, armchairs and coffee table. It would draw the eye wider and make your living room look bigger and more stylish.
Hope you find our tips practical and simple enough for you to implement in your small room.
Tell us in the comments below which of these ideas would best work for your living room.