Ideas for Decorating Small Living Rooms

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Ideas for Decorating Small Living Rooms
Pale, neutral colours create a unified look in a small space. (Living room image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

With the right decorating choices, small living rooms can be clean, organised and highly functional. Opt for a colour scheme that will unite your walls and furnishings in a single neutral palette. Select furniture that fits a small space and still provides ample storage. It is important to avoid excess clutter and limit unnecessary accessories.

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Colour Scheme

Choose a colour scheme in pale, neutral colours to give a small space a larger, more open feel. Repeat an accent colour or pattern in a few places in the room to create the feel of continuity. Rely on small objects or accessories to supply flashes of bright colours. Use neutral colours to draw attention away from larger objects.

Furniture Silhouettes

Purchase furniture with slimmer, more streamlined silhouettes. Many furniture companies provide different styles designed for small spaces. Measure items to make sure that they will fit comfortably in your small room. Design the furniture layout around fixed features, such as the placement of radiators, doors and windows. Allow ample space for people to navigate between pieces of furniture.

Storage Solutions

Excess clutter can overwhelm a small space. Select furniture that provides ample storage. Use small cabinets with drawers as side tables. Opt for a coffee table with a shelf underneath. Buy bookshelves and wall units with opaque doors to create a clean, organised look.

New Technology

Take advantage of new technologies that allow computers and entertainment systems to be thinner and smaller. Install a flat-screen television on the wall. Exchange a bulky desktop computer for a portable laptop. Upgrade an outdated stereo system for a compact unit or high fidelity speakers to use with a digital music player.

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