You've just moved to a new place and now have to deal with the fact that the living room is small. But don't complain! If you know how to deal with it, you'll forget about a small living room and create an enjoyable space to relax and admire. wikiHow is here to help you!
Method 1 of 2: Big Things
Step 1. Choose a light color
Lighter colors take advantage of less visual load, making the room more open. Use a glass table with slender legs so that the eye can see directly into the floor, so that it is virtually hidden. Avoid dark colors or dark wood because they have a heavy effect that makes the room narrow.
Design colors that are soothing to the eye, but add lighter, warmer colors as accents. In general, cooler colors are depressing, thus making the room the center of attention – so the wood floor color should not be darker than it already is. But use only three colors, or less; if you like texture, choose monochromatic colors
Step 2. Consider the style of stripes
The length of a room's square is an easy thing to think about and we completely forget that there's more to it than just that: looking up. If you can direct your gaze from the floor up, you've succeeded. Have a simple, long floor lamp or vase, long curtains, and hang paintings and mirrors lengthwise.
This also applies to furniture. Sleek furniture often requires only a small space but offers the beauty and comfort of the shape of the furniture
Step 3. Adjust the size of the furniture
If the room is small, choose the appropriate furniture. Choose a chair that takes up little space (with slender arms or legs), a loveseat (a sofa for two), an ottoman (a chair with no back and arms), and so on. In the end, the room will appear more spacious. Consider placing a wooden chair instead of a conventional coffee table; but if you prefer a table, choose a glass table or a luster table.
However, too many small objects will make the room look cluttered. Since you have small things, it means that there should be no more such things. Think of it like going on a diet-eating a dozen low-calorie ice lolly isn't a good thing, even if the ice is low in fat. Having a dozen small shelves is an exaggeration
Step 4. Have a large patterned rug
If you have dark wood floors, then this is a good thing. A large patterned rug, ideally with stripes, will make the room more open, as well as lighter.
Carpets don't have to occupy the entire room. A large rug that complements the main furniture will complete what you are looking for
Step 5. Have multifunctional furniture
Start by considering double-duty furniture. The large ottoman chair in the center of the sitting room can serve as a coffee table with the addition of a decorative tray, while it also doubles as extra seating. Or, replace the coffee table with a wicker chest with storage space inside.
However, when choosing a table, choose one that has wide and open legs. "Looking" through the furniture can make the room appear wider to the eye
Step 6. Choose furniture that is easy to carry
Choose furniture that is small and easy to carry and can be rearranged. Three small corner tables that are grouped as coffee tables are easy to arrange in the room to provide more open space when receiving guests or providing space for children to play.
Take advantage of the space under the table and furniture that can be pushed in and out when you have free time. Decorative baskets can be seen but can still be used as storage and can be removed if needed
Method 2 of 2: Small Things
Step 1. Use a mirror
Mirrors can make a small room look bigger - when we enter a room that at first glance looks big, but on the second glance, it turns out to be just a trick of the eye. If you can, use a mirror that expands vertically.
However, sometimes it's not that simple. Mirrors do a great job of reflecting light – so make sure they are facing a light or a light-colored wall. Check what is reflected in the mirror by standing at different points of space
Step 2. Duplicate the lighting
To increase the value of a room, the lighting must be right, but this becomes doubly true for small rooms. All curtains should be light and retractable – after all, natural light is best.
To avoid a space being monopolized by lights, opt for wall lamps; You don't need an electrician to install it-this modern light can be installed anywhere. If you can, also have lights attached to art objects. Consider natural light (from windows), ceiling lights (preferably dim), wall lamps, and table lamps. If there are no dark corners in the room, then you have succeeded
Step 3. Take control of the messy objects
There are so many essential items in a room that you might not expect, so get creative when you store them. Have cute boxes, plaids, or baskets. Objects like this are not too distracting and make the room feel less overwhelming.
Keep small pieces of jewelry on the table and organize them to a minimum. The neater the room, the better you will feel when you are in it. Keep things that are not needed and that do not increase the value of the room
Step 4. Create a storage area
If the budget allows, design cabinets or shelves in light colors that can be placed in the room. This not only draws the eye upwards, but also gives character and function to the room. And of course more storage space for you!
If you don't have the option of creating a storage area, get creative. Use the space under furniture or install a shelf or two. Buy a corner table that can also function as a bookshelf and attach a hook to the wall
- Add a pair of pillows to add accents to a strong colored sofa.
- Place a pair of plants indoors to enhance the feeling of being better.
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