Designing a Small Living Room

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Designing a Small Living Room
Save living room space by using compact furniture. (Living room image by MAXFX from

A small living room can become even more micro when you fill it with a surplus of furniture or large pieces that overwhelm the space. Opt for light paint colours in small living rooms, such as celery green, pale yellow and beige, and incorporate bright colours and bold patterns through throw pillows, artwork or a single, small piece of furniture. There are several design and arrangement elements that can enhance your room and require no demolition.

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Things you need

  • Curtain panels
  • Curtain rods and installation hardware
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Power drill
  • TV wall-mounting kit
  • Large mirror
  • Shelf and installation hardware
  • Decorative baskets

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    Hang curtain panels on all living room windows, placing the rod just below where the top of the wall meets the ceiling. This creates a sense of height in the room, creating an overall larger feeling. Let light in by choosing sheer to semi-sheer panels.

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    Arrange furniture pieces in the middle of the room, using a rug to establish the centre of your seating area. Eliminate bulky furniture pieces and replace them with compact, airy pieces. Instead of a low-lying coffee table, use a table of medium height with skinny legs. The more you can see through the bottom of your furniture, the larger the room will feel.

    Use a single floor lamp in the room instead of two table lamps on either side of the sofa. Use one side table to accommodate people sitting at both the sofa and in a nearby chair to save space instead of offering a table for each seat.

  3. 3

    Mount your flat-screen TV directly on the wall to save a substantial amount of space in your room. You don’t have to eliminate a media centre altogether, but this will allow you to go with much smaller storage options for DVDs and equipment.

    Once the TV is mounted, secure a shelf to the wall several inches below the TV. Place your cable box, DVD player and gaming equipment on the shelf. Purchase a few attractive baskets or storage boxes to store your DVDs and other media.

  4. 4

    Place a large mirror horizontally or vertically on a dominant wall in the room. The reflection creates an illusion of space, especially when situated across from a window or large artwork.

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