A tiny living room can be a dead end for some people as they can do nothing due to the limited space. If you happen to have a small living room, chill! In this video, you’re going to find 10 ideas on how to optimize small living room (include above your sofa) so that it can be the best place for you to hang out in. As usual this idea is brought to you by simphome.com
You might find it hard to get the best furniture that suits your tight living room well; something that is not only functional, but also aesthetics. Here are some tips to pick furniture items for your living room.
A. Go with a large sectional sofa and one or two compact chairs if your living room is in a compact space with one or two wide open sizes. You can also try an armless sectional and a plush ottoman.
B. The sofa will enable you to lounge when you are alone while the ottoman can make a great coffee table to put your popcorn on or an additional seat for more guests. To make it more appealing, you can add a few pillows that have the same patterns or colors as the curtains or ottoman to bring harmony to your limited space.
Letting the natural light pass through the living room will make it look bigger and airier. Therefore, don’t go overboard with the window treatments.
If you want to accentuate your big windows as well as protecting you from the glare, you can go with curtains. Make sure that the curtains have the same color as the wall so that they flow into a single unit without any separation.
Don’t forget to pull back the curtains during the day so that your living room can get sufficient lighting.
This is another convenient trick that you can use to make your small living space look visually bigger – a huge mirror.
A huge mirror has the ability to reflect lights and everything in front of it, making the room seem larger than it really is. Well, you can hire illusion to reverse your disadvantage though. Also, this add on will be beneficial for your guest trying to win their self-deprecating problem. However, I don’t recommend this idea if you constantly feel weird every time you stare your own reflection. Mainly in the middle of the night
Painting the wall black and investing in dark furniture will make a living room look elegant. For a small living room, however, dark hues will just make it look more cramped.
On the other hand, light hues like white or baby blue will make the room felt more open and roomier because they tend to reflect lights. Thus, paint the walls white and install big white tiles will be able to make your living room appear larger.
A small living room might hinder you from putting many furniture items since they will gobble the room up and you’ll end up not having enough space to move through. If that’s the case, you can try getting multi functional furniture items.
One of the best choices is an ottoman featuring a hidden storage space. Not only for your bottom, you can use it as a coffee table for your snacks when watching Netflix. You can also ditch the tray to get an additional seat, and hide the clutter into the storage space of the ottoman so that your living room becomes clean and clutter-free.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, acquiring sufficient lighting is essential for a tiny living room. If your living room has plenty of windows, congratulations! But if it doesn’t, you can always use artificial lighting. They will just do in a pinch.
First, put a standing lamp next to an armchair or sofa, and second, install some recessed LED lights. Refurbished or brand new Lamp is no problem
Some people might think that an undersized living room requires small adornments and furniture items. It turns out that those itty-bitty accessories just take up the space without any particular order. So, why don’t you go bigger?
I know that it might sound odd, but don’t you think that one bigger adornment is better than a bunch of smaller ones? Just put a tall vase at the corner or a large painting on the wall. I assume, it would be more exciting.
Don’t restrain yourself from showing who you really are and what you are keen on just because you have a compact living room. You can still impress your guests by decorating it based on your life style and hobbies.
If you are into beach, you can paint the ceiling and wall white. Add some baby blue or aquamarine items to embody the sea. Fluffy ivory rug can warm your feet up as well as conjuring up the image of the soft beach sand. To kick it up a notch, a coral crystal lighthangs above the coffee table.
The idea of optimizing a small living room is to make it seem more spacious as well as looking awesome. And to make it happen, you need to expose any space available in it.
One of the simple ways to expose more space in your limited area is by placing an exposed-leg sofa or loveseat and some arm chairs. The exposed legs enable your eyes to browse empty space under your sofa. Other benefit, when your schedule call you to clean and sweep the floor, you don’t have to search a silly excuse first.
Instead of purchasing a bulky shelf that takes up a lot of space, you can make some shelves right under your ceiling. It provides more space on the floor so that you can move through freely.
Besides, installing some shelves near the ceiling will draw the eyes upwards which makes the room appear a bit sized. The other good thing is you can make it yourself which means you can save more money as well as space.
So, That’s all the 10 ideas of how to optimize your compact living room.
5 Creative Decorating Ideas Above the Sofa:
You don’t need expensive decorative items to make your home appear classy. Decorate your home cheaply and creatively with one of the decoration ideas. You can specifically used the ideas to upgrade your living room interior, office space, or bedroom area.
11. Install Mirrors
Mirror is the simplest decorative element that you can put above your sofa. Mirror may appear plain, but its reflective characteristic evokes a sense of space and elegance. A large plain mirror above your sofa will work, but you can also add smaller mirrors with unique shapes to give more accents to your living room. Mirror may or may not have frame, but if you decide to add frame, be sure that its design is in accordance with the overall theme of your living room’s design. (via ruhollah)
12. Or New Lighting fixture
Lighting fixture can be an elegant decorative element for the empty space above your sofa. You can use fancy ceiling lighting fixture if the sofa is located far from the wall or a wall fixture if the sofa is next to the wall. If you want to be creative, you can add some handmade accessories to the fixture or simply conceal the light behind a canvas depicting your painting. When you turn on the light, the painting will glow and emit its beauty. (via iskcon)
13. The Painting
It is no doubt that hanging a fancy painting above your sofa will greatly enhance the artistic look of your living room. Every creative individual can make painting, but what if you are not a good artist? Modern paintings mostly depict abstract images that almost everyone can make. Simply swing your brush on the canvas without thinking about anything and you will produce an abstract painting that is so beautiful that only a seasoned curator can affirm that it is a fake. (via william-sonoma)
14. Or New Floating bookshelf
You can install floating bookshelf above your sofa. The bookshelf can be either DIY-made or purchased, but as long as it looks great on your wall, it will be an excellent decorative element. If you prefer to build the bookshelf on your own, you can salvage any unused wood items and create an eco-friendly decoration for your living room. Be sure to fix the bookshelf securely to the wall because it may cause injury and damage if it accidentally falls. (via moercar)
15. Or Reinvent Your Window
If you cannot think about anything useful to decorate the empty space above your sofa, why don’t you simply put the sofa under the window and make the window decorating for the sofa? Window frame is so attractive that it can actually function as a decorative element.
If you think that decorating using window frame is great but you cannot put the sofa under one of your windows, simply order or build a window frame and pair it with mirror instead of clear glass. The fake window will look great above your sofa. (via planete-deco)