Interior Design Ideas for Small Living Rooms
A living room can be a difficult area to set up and decorate, especially if it is a small room. The living room is often where people gather when visiting, so it is wise to keep the area neat and well decorated. Space is an issue for many people, but there are ways to make even the smallest rooms look cozy and more spacious.
According to interior decorator Lee Dobbins at Buzzle.com, the existence of clutter is an important thing to consider when setting up this room. This is because clutter will make the room look even smaller than it really is. Design this room so that clutter is a non-issue. Have a place for everything and put things away after use.
Use Minimal Furniture
Keeping furniture to a minimum is essential when decorating a small living room. The available space should be considered before choosing the furniture. Too many big, bulky pieces can make a space look smaller than it really is. Using fewer and slimmer pieces will work better.
The sofa should be comfortable, because it will likely be the most used piece of furniture in the room. A chair or two can also be added, if there is space. A glider or rocking chair may take up less space than the matching chairs that often come with a sofa.
A place for the television and other electronics is a must, but try to find something that is not too large. A couple of stands, with shelves, can be placed in the room for storage and decorative purposes. And, if you feel that a coffee table is necessary, look for one that has shelves, drawers or cupboards for added storage. These items will help to keep non-essential items out of site.
The decorative elements you use in the living room will also dictate whether the space feels small or spacious. Paint is one of the most important elements to look at when decorating a small space. You want something that will make the room feel big rather than stuffy. Bright paint colors are good for this purpose. The room can be trimmed in another color to match.
Lighting is also important in a small space. Many homes include a ceiling light fixture in the living room, but it is usually not very attractive and does not light well. Change the light's cover to go with your decor, and look for energy-efficient light bulbs that cast a softer glow over the area while providing good light. Add a couple of table or floor lamps to the room as well, using the same light bulb criteria.
Keeping wall elements to a minimum is also important. One large picture on the wall above the sofa, as well as some strategically placed, nicely framed family photographs, will go a long way. A low floral centerpiece placed on the coffee table, with a candle on either side, will give the room simple elegance. A few books stacked on a stand will give the room a homey feel. A water fountain placed on a flat surface in the room will make the room feel more serene.
Shannon Buck is a freelance writer residing in the small town of Milford, Maine. Her work has appeared on several sites including GreenandSave.com, where she writes The Green Mom column. She has written on many subjects including home improvement, gardening, low-income living, writing and homeschooling.
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