Don't keep tearing your hair out and letting a small living room be the bane of your home. We have assembled an ideabook bursting with a range of clever space saving (and maximising!) ideas to help you turn what was once a thorn in your side, into your favourite room in the house.
Because smaller spaces generally require more thought, it is imperative to take the time to measure and draw (either digitally or by hand) the room to scale. The reason for doing this, is that you can be sure about any of the furnishings or furniture items you intend to buy. Have a think before you go shopping about what sizes and styles may work better for the room. Don't set yourself up for disappointment and lost sleep only to find out that the one couch or coffee table you'd been eyeing off since last year doesn't fit the space when delivered. Of course, if this is too much for you, get in contact with one of our experts for a tailor made and personal solution.
Stick to a neutral or limited colour palette and ensure you are making the most of the available natural light. Keep larger furniture items streamlined, and ensure they are a simple shape. Unfortunately, tight spaces don't allow for curves or ornate couch arms and legs. These seemingly minor details may end up costing you those crucial extra millimetres. Glass coffee tables are a great idea; they are functional but their transparency disguises their size.
Don't be afraid of oddly shaped rooms either. The climbing bookcase in this room draws the eye up and instantly makes the room appear lager than it is. If you don't have access to a large window as seen in this photo, mirrors are a cheap and super effective way to cheat the eye into thinking the room is larger. If directed at a window, the mirror will bounce the light and reflect it onto other corners in the room.
The designers behind this very small living room have cleverly added interesting details that do not take away from the size. A lamp with a thin base, a small yet bright table and of course, a bold and eye-catching light fitting.
As mentioned earlier, the room benefits from the choice of a neutral colour scheme, adding a bit of texture and fun with a clever pop of colour and circular mirrors.
Try to organise the furniture around the boundaries of the room. You want to space to appear as open as possible. Too many corners, angles and edges will only enclose the living space.
A tight room doesn't mean you have to limit your creative abilities or dull down your love of colours, textures and patterns. The main elements of this room are pale bold colours have been added through the accessories. Don't be afraid to play with geometry either. Stripes and angular shapes help the lengthen the width and breath of the room. A cheeky optical illusion.