Small Living Room Ideas

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Top tips on how to make the small rooms in your home appear bigger, creating a lovely spacious environment that you wouldn't believe possible. This is especially important in the living room, where you spend the most of your time both with your family and with guests.


Not all houses have spacious, high-ceilinged living rooms, in fact a lot don’t especially properties from 1920 onwards. This however doesn’t mean they should lack style, and with a combination of clever deigns and simple styling techniques a sophisticated look can be achieved making the available space appear grander.

Here are a few of our top tips on how to create the illusion of space:

Slick Storage

Slick storage for smaller room is paramount and keeping the day to day clutter out of site will help maintain an open feel. Plan your storage carefully think how you can work with the existing space to make the most of your room, alcove cupboards or shelves for example provide a great solution in smaller lounge rooms. Light coloured furniture pieces in a similar colour to the overall scheme will blend in and look less dominant. Try to keep ornaments and photos to a minimum with a few choice items on display, so as not to enclose the room further.

Suitable Seating

Choose seating that won’t overwhelm or hinder traffic flow. Bespoke sofas and armchairs where your furniture can be custom designed to suit your needs is an ideal solution when challenged with a smaller floor area. Try to consider who is going to use the space and how it will be most used then spec your requirements from there. Often sofa’s that are described as "small sofas" don’t work for all room layouts and by commissioning a bespoke sofa you can get the exact dimension you want. Corner sofas where pieces can be purchased individually can work well in rooms with limited space as they can be split up and put together as required to accommodate different seating requirements.

Cool Colours

When choosing the colour scheme for a smaller living room where the aim is to make the room feel larger and more open then lighter paler colours are best, white base tones, neutrals and cooler shades create an illusion of space maximising light and reflection.

You don’t however have to have to go completely colourless and by adding accents of colour to an otherwise neutral room you can add dimension and interest; a feature wall in a deeper colour will create a focal point that actually opens the room.

Painting ceilings bright white or a lot lighter than your wall colours will create an illusion of height as will maximising natural light by keeping window dressings sleek and simple.

Wonderful Wallpaper

Wallpaper and fabrics can add an extra dimension to the size of your room even if the measurements have stayed the same! It’s still really important to use a fairly neutral colour palette for the walls with complementary colours for the window dressing. It is all about selecting designs that create an optical illusion; wallpaper with a metallic pattern reflects light and subtle patterns add visual interest without overwhelming. Vertical stripes will increase the height of a room while horizontal stripes make it look wider. Ultimately wallpaper gives a warmer feel to a room but oversized patterns and strong colours can overpower a tiny space. If your heart is set on wallpaper then small design papers are the perfect solution.

Do you have any more tips?

Do you have any more great tips for making small rooms seem bigger? Tweet me @MartinNathalie9 or leave a comment. Thanks :-)

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author avatar Sherri Granato
19th Sep 2015 (#)

Making storage out of trunks is an amazing way to decorate and store stuff. I am loving that trunk being used as a table. It is quirky and cozy.

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