Not every home has the largest rooms for you to fully furnish to the level you want, and often you need to make do with a smaller space. A small living room can seem to limit your decorating possibilities, but you can still make the room comfortable and your own personalized space. Here are some recommendations for you to use as you furnish your small living room to create the best living space possible with your options.
Use Smart Storage
Storage space in your small living room can be a challenge when you don't have a lot of areas to store items. Without the right type of storage your small room will appear cluttered, and, as a result, will look even smaller than it is. So, when you furnish your small living room, look for furniture pieces that have built-in storage compartments and hidden storage spaces that you can use without adding more clutter and stuffing items around the room.
You can select a coffee table that has extra storage within the top compartment or end tables that have enclosed spaces. Or, look for an ottoman that has a lidded top and an interior space for items such as magazines, television remotes, and books you are reading.
Visually Add Space
Another way to make your living room appear larger is by placing one or more mirrors upon the walls of the room. If the room has no windows, adding mirrors can create the illusion of windows and make the space look as though it expands through the mirrors. And if your living room has a window, by placing a mirror on the wall opposite of or next to the surrounding walls you can expand the room's feeling of spaciousness.
If you are going to paint the living room walls, be sure to only paint an accent wall and leave the remaining walls a white or off-white color. Then, be sure to leave the ceiling white, which adds the illusion of a tall ceiling and room space.
Choose the Right Furniture
Sometimes the furniture you want for your living room may be too large for the space and not fit within it well. As you are shopping for a couch or chairs, look for furniture that is older and antique. The styles of furniture from a century ago or more were built to be smaller and will fit better in your smaller room. And when you select smaller furniture, the room will appear less cluttered, more open, and your home will have an antique style that will look great.
For more information, visit a local furniture store.