Big ideas for small living rooms: Maximise your cosy space

Living large in a small living room? It's all about clever design! Here are some tips to make your compact haven feel spacious and stylish:


Lighten Up!

Embrace light colours: Paint your walls, trim, and even furniture in light shades like white, cream, or pale blue. This reflects light and creates an illusion of more space.


The magic of tapered legs

Visually lighter, tapered legs narrow towards the bottom, creating a lighter and less bulky silhouette for your sofa, preventing it from visually dominating the room. The open feel is enhanced as the space beneath the sofa isn't blocked by a solid base, allowing more of the floor to be seen and creating a sense of openness, making the sofa feel less like a heavy block.

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Wood brings natural warmth to your space, making it feel more inviting and less cluttered, especially with lighter wood tones that blend seamlessly with the surroundings. Tapered legs, which come in a variety of styles, from mid-century modern to classic, allow you to match your existing décor and create a cohesive look. Elevated style is a bonus benefit, as they add a touch of sophistication and elevate the overall look of your sofa, even on a budget.

 

 

Let the sunshine in

Maximise natural light with sheer curtains and keep windows clutter-free. Consider a skylight if possible!

 

 

Mirrors, Mirrors on the Wall...

Strategically placed mirrors bounce light around the room, making it feel bigger. A large mirror opposite a window does wonders!

 

Think Vertical!

Floor-to-ceiling magic: Utilise tall bookshelves, cabinets, or shelving units for storage without sacrificing floor space.

 

Furniture that does double duty

Ottomans with storage, sleeper sofas, and coffee tables with hidden compartments are your best friends!

 

Bring in the green

Houseplants not only add life and colour but also purify the air. Choose small plants or hang them from planters to save floor space.

 

Lighting tricks

Strategically placed lamps can add warmth and define zones. Floor lamps with adjustable heads are a great space-saving option.

 

Reflective surfaces

Opt for a coffee table with a mirrored top or metallic finishes on decorative accents to bounce light around the room. Review one of our posts on how to create a marble coffee table with gold accents.

Remember: Less is often more! By implementing these space-maximising tricks, you can transform your small living room into a haven of comfort and style.


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