A living room is the main gathering point of every home, which means it requires only the most
comfortable and pleasant-looking interior. Regardless of being big or small, a living room can always
look charming and cosy. Not sure how to make that happen with your tiny living room? Not to worry!
We have a few tips that will help you turn your tiny living room into a chic chill-out area for the entire family.
Multiply the space with mirrors
Are you trying to make your living room look bigger? One of the best ways to do it is to add mirrors to the walls. That way, they will reflect a part of the space and make the entire room look more
If you preposition a mirror on the wall right across from the window, not only will the room look bigger but brighter as well. You’ll have the additional factor of luminosity which will make the room look more welcoming.
Light and bright
Small living rooms tend to look even smaller if they don’t get enough natural light. That’s why, if you can afford it and structurally manoeuvre it, make the window much bigger. Allow for as much natural light as possible, to make your room bright and airy. The trick with mirrors we’ve previously mentioned will add a wow factor, as well.
Layering lighting is another great option that will turn your previously dimly lit room into a fabulously bright living area. Have a large, over-scale ceiling fixture to add illumination and drama, while you add sconce lighting to the walls.
Float your furniture
When it comes to small living rooms, your furniture layout can make or break the entire interior.
Instead of pushing the furniture against the walls, consider letting it float around the room. Many interior designers advise that you should think outside the box and make the room look more spacious by placing your sofa and a coffee table a few inches away from the walls and leave a bit of air in between.
Avoid heavy, weighty pieces but opt for smaller furniture that won’t heat the room up. Don’t forget to move your area rug accordingly, and pick out the one that exceeds the edges of the furniture, to make a room appear larger than it actually is.
Splurge on double-duty designs
Storage furniture will be a terrific space saver for small living rooms. Think sofa beds with built-in drawers and storage spaces inside them. Chairs, ottomans, and double-duty tables are also good choices.
If you wish to add more surface space, go for nesting tables. Once you don’t need it anymore, simply stow it away. If you get a sturdy coffee table, it can become an additional seat when there are one or two extra guests.
Curtains for a better look
Mastering the craft of optical illusion will get you so far. One of the tricks that never fails is hanging your curtains close to the ceiling, rather than at window height.
By allowing the curtains to go all the way from the ceiling to the floor, you’ll visually expand the size of the room, and the window. Simply raise the rod a few inches, or a few feet, or even all the way up to the ceiling to maximize vertical space.
Be neutral but bold: it’s all about the balance
Your colour scheme will add character and spaciousness to the room too. Going with neutral tans, light greys, classic whites, and rich blue-green hues will be a perfect option. White is also a bold and chic choice, especially if the room is getting plenty of natural light.
For added bonus and balance, consider adding large-scale artwork to make your walls pop.
Ph. Stephan Juillard
Ph. Mireille Roobaert
Small living rooms can be just as cosy and inviting as larger areas can. All you need to do is learn a few tricks that will allow you to transform your tiny living room into a visually much bigger space.
With the suggestions we’ve laid out for you, we’re sure you’ll master the project of visually expanding your living room without any fuss.