Decorating a Small Living Room
Decorating a small living room is often a cause of stress and frustration. Besides our sleeping space, we spend more time per day in our living room than any other, and we’re usually awake! The reality is that you can have a small living room that functions as well and looks as beautiful as a large one. The key is to take advantage of small space solutions. Our solutions to common problems for decorating a small living room, and small room layout and design, will help turn your troubled living room into a divine design in no time!
Problem #1: Clutter Control : Even large living rooms won’t look beautiful with a lot of clutter, and small spaces easily become overwhelmed by too much stuff. Owners of small homes have to be especially diligent about clutter control.
Solutions: Small spaces are usually short on storage. When decorating a small living room, adding hidden storage and areas is a necessity. Maximize space under coffee and end tables. Even small nooks can become a place for wall shelves. Consider a section of faux built-ins. Wardrobes, closet storage systems and even stock kitchen cabinets are an affordable way to add a custom look at a budget price. But be careful – storage containers and cabinets can quickly fill up a small space, leaving you right back where you started. I know you love your stuff, but no matter how organized you are, sometimes there’s just not enough space to put everything. If so, it may be time to take a long, hard look at your room and remove anything that is unessential, is getting in your way or just doesn’t work.
Problem #2: Too Much Furniture A small living room may not fit a sofa, two chairs, two end tables and a coffee table. And in a small home, furniture can easily become a drop zone for clutter.
Solutions : By removing some of your furniture, you may kill two problems with one stone – you’ll increase floor space and reduce clutter. Start with a clean slate by clearing the room. Bring in your sofa first, and slowly add pieces from there. When you have a layout that you like, stop. Anything leftover needs to find a new home.
Ideas for Small Living Room Furniture Arrangement
Small living room furniture arrangement can be a challenge, but as shocking as it seems, small living rooms are often easier to decorate than large, especially on a budget. The main design rules for small living room furniture arrangement are no different than in a large room: Choose furniture that fits the space, and don’t try to squeeze too much in. Easier said than done, I know! But these tips and ideas for furniture layouts for small living rooms may inspire you and show you that less can be more.
Maximize Your Storage
In small living rooms, storage space is usually minimal or nonexistent. Make the most of your small living room by incorporating floor-to-ceiling wall storage, and adding coffee tables, end tables and ottomans that double as storage space.
Small Living Room Arrangement with Lots of Storage
This arrangement provides a lot of storage, while still providing plenty of seating. The long wall has enough room for a large shelving unit, and the table behind the sofa provides additional storage and a possible place for lighting. This furniture arrangement is ideal for a single adult or a couple. With the exchange of the bar for a slightly larger table, this arrangement could also work for a small family. During entertaining, the stools or chairs could be moved somewhere else in the room for temporary, additional seating, and the bar used as a serving area.
Armless sofas look sleek in small spaces, but they are not especially comfortable for lounging about. You may not have a tiny living room forever, and a sofa may last 10 years or more, so choose a sofa that is comfortable. Think of your sofa as an investment and then purchase less expensive accent furnishings.
When purchasing accent chairs, think “light.” Anything with a heavy look or dark colors will feel huge in the room. Armless chairs, like slipper chairs, can be a good choice. Avoid anything with a tall backrest. Transparent chairs such as “ghost” chairs look great in small spaces.
Define Your Living Spaces
When you have a small but open floor plan, like in a studio or loft apartment, “separating” your living space can actually make the room feel bigger. Use rugs and/or furniture arrangement to visually divide your living and dining spaces