Whether you live in an apartment or a house, decorating a small living room takes a bit more planning, creativity and a good imagination. If you use too much furniture, your living room will appear cluttered and small. Choose functional types of furniture and place the items to optimise the use the floor space, making your living area look more spacious.
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Use Smaller Furniture
Scale down the size of the furniture in your living room. Plush, oversized sofas and chairs may look inviting and comfortable, but they take up more space. Swap them for furniture in sleeker, more simple lines. For example, buy a love seat for your living room instead of a sofa. Because it's smaller, the love seat may gives you enough space for an end table. And some love seats also pull out into beds -- a solution for your overnight guests.
Use neutral colours to make it appear that the room is much larger. Perhaps carry the colours into other rooms for a continuous look and theme. Use the neutral colours for your walls, floors and furniture, adding pops of colour here and there with accent pillows and decorations.
If you have bay windows in your living room with a window seat, create a sofa using cushions and pillows for a seating area. Place accent chairs and a coffee table in front of the seating with thin legs. The skinny legs create more space visually as you look through the furniture.
When shopping for furniture, look for types that offer multiple purposes. Buy a coffee table that has storage underneath to save space. Select an ottoman, a cushioned footstool, with storage. Let the ottoman double as seating or as a small table. Purchase a low dining table, letting it double as a coffee table in your living room in front of your sofa. This table also can serve as a place where you and your guests eat and where you study or work.
If you need to create a space in your living room for an office or a reading area, for example, consider buying a Japanese Shoji screen. Not only do these folding, rice paper screens add a decorative touch, but they separate your living area, making a small living room more functional. Find Shoji screens on the Internet or in some furniture stores.
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