The Flufftastic Fairy Says: Make the Most of Your Small Space - the Living Room
We live in a small house, just over 1000 sq feet. It was built in the '40's and has a lot of character, that's why we love it!
Unfortunately there isn't always room for all my stuff...
Many people have the same problem and here are some ideas to make your small Living Room look larger!
Paint the walls and ceiling in the same shade, that way corners and boundaries disappear.
Buy furniture with narrow or no arms. Bulky furniture or wide arms on sofas or chairs just waste space. (armless are also easier to move in or out!) You can have a large chaise or daybed that won't take up as much space but will still have lots of seating!
Use glass topped tables, they appear smaller because there is no boundary and light will travel through it. A glass topped table with a mirror shelf underneath does double duty, storage and style!
Nesting tables are also of value in a small space!
Drop leaf tables can help for an occasional needed desk or serving area for parties!
Benches or ottomans with storage inside do double duty as well!
Hang your drapes as high as you can, it will make the walls look taller!
Instead of end tables use old suitcases stacked on top of each other, they can store things and look great too!
Use your walls! Get bookshelves that are to the ceiling and paint them the colour of the walls. They will disappear into the wall but will add much needed storage!
Buy an area rug that will fit all the furniture, it defines the space and makes the area look larger. Don't use an area rug with a border, because it defines the smaller space. If the ceiling is low, use a bright patterned rug to draw the eye downward.
Use your artwork to make a statement, use wide mats and make each piece a focal point. Too many little pictures can make a room seem cluttered. Large mats in a frame make the artwork seem important.
Light your rooms, a bright room always looks larger than a dull one! If you don't have floor space, mount a lamp to the wall!
If your furniture is mismatched, buy slip covers, they are much more sophisticated now. If there is wood, paint all the wood the same shade so there is continuity.
Interior doors can be switched for glass paned doors to let light in and let you see farther! You can also get a sliding glass door that doesn't swing so it takes up less room!
Get a mirror! Whether it is mounted on the wall or free standing you will never lose having a mirror in a small room, it will always make a room look larger!
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