If you have a small living room, you are probably always searching home magazines for tips on how to decorate small spaces. It can sometimes prove difficult to design and decorate for small living quarters, however with a few easy and simple tricks, you will have a seemingly spacious living room in no time at all. You'll find that all it takes is a bit of good advice and some creativity.
Light Color Palate
One way to instantly give your small living room a larger feel is to pick colors from a light color palate in painting and decorating the room. Darker colors tend to make any space feel more closed in and tight. White, pastels and neutral colors will work best. This works not only with wall colors but with all furniture and accessories in the room. If you have patterned furniture, you want to keep the rest of the room neutral so as not to overwhelm the already small space with too many patterns. The same goes for accent walls. If you have a painted accent wall or a wall hanging, keep your furniture and decoration neutral.
Large furniture can make a small living room feel even smaller. When shopping for furniture to fill your living room, keep it simple and size appropriate. Shorter end tables and coffee tables will give the room the much needed free space you desire. Avoid cluttering the space with too many unnecessary accessories. Keep the lamps , bowls and decor to a minimum as a way to control the flow of the room.
Decorating your living room with appropriately sized art will help to keep the room's dimensions at an equal status. Large art may drown the room with focus stealing attention, as well as make the space feel miniature compared to it's larger than life size. Try using medium to small sized pieces for your walls and remember that proportion is key.
Mirrors are a great way to add depth to a small room. Purchasing a nice accent mirror and using it on one of the walls in your living room will open up the space with it's reflective properties. Try choosing a mirror with a nice frame will give it a sweet pop. You can also find smaller mirrors and buy a few of them to place in a concentric or square design on the wall to act as art with a function.
It is important in tight rooms to figure out how to place your furniture so as to maximize the space available. This may mean downsizing the amount of furniture and seating options in the room. Try to determine which seats are necessary or used most in the room. The rest can be relocated to another room in the house or donated. One useful idea for seating in a tight space is purchasing square ottomans that double as extra seating. These pieces can normally fit underneath a coffee table of the right height, thus saving you space by hiding the seating and giving you extra storage. You can also get rid of bulky cabinets or entertainment centers by installing shelves onto the walls to open up floor space.