For those of you who live in apartments or urban areas, of course, often faced with limited spaces. If this is your case, you can take into account the small living room as a creative design challenge. The key to a happy and comfortable life in tight spaces is to combine various space-saving and multifunctional solutions while expressing your personal style. A wise decision will create the space you need and change your room to be special and inviting. Here are a few tips that can help you make the most of a very important space: living room
1. Unlimited space
In a limited living room, you can create a spacious space by opening a door or wall so that the adjoining spaces can be fused. The living room can consist of a combination of living room, dining room and kitchen if you remove any dividing wall. Likewise, widening the door and opening it towards the ceiling will give the impression of space and being more open.
2. Take advantage of the built-in furniture
Built-in furniture is a good investment idea as well as the right solution according to the needs of a limited living room. You can customize each piece of furniture for your living room and add one or two other elements to maximize its use.
One example is the multifunctional storage area hidden under the built-in sofa. If buying furniture with a special model exceeds your budget, develop your creativity with a homemade drawer under the sofa or wall shelves. Install shelves as high as a wall to create vertical patterns. A higher shelf placement will help create the impression of being dense in the room.
3. Creative layout and lighting
If possible, try to arrange furniture by making a separation between several functional zones. This tip will help determine different functions in one space; for example placing a table behind the sofa to create a workspace, or arrange your chairs and couches in such a way that separates the living room from the dining room.
You can determine the layout by placing different chandeliers in each separate zone, for example in the living room zone, use lights that are close to the ceiling. Then, in the dining room next to it, use another model lamp that hangs right on the table.
4. Maximum natural light
Take advantage of natural light sources to make the room brighter. A sunlit room appears more open and helps to get rid of the shadows that can make a closed area appear smaller. The easiest way to maximize natural light in a room is to place a mirror that will reflect light through a window. In addition, the mirror also creates the illusion of contrasting space. If possible, place furniture that is used most often like a sofa or comfortable chair so that it has an outward view.
5. The right color choices
The use of classic white or pastel colors is still the best choice for painting smaller spaces. In addition, painting the walls and indoor walls of the same color also attract attention and highlight the ceiling, as in this room.
However, you can also choose colors that are darker and calming, for example, dark blue or dark gray, which can make a small space seem more inviting. The trick in a small space is to balance a dark wall with lighter elements to create depth and brighten the room, for example placing a lighter colored sofa on a dark wall. Add in lighter colored furniture, colorful accessories and patterned carpets.
If you are brave, you can also experiment with vertical or horizontal stripes of paint or wallpaper on the walls, which will visually expand or extend the walls.
6. Get rid of old-fashioned soft sofas
An important principle is to avoid large and heavy furniture that will dominate and make the room feel smaller. Instead, choose furniture, especially low and efficient sofas. That is, there is a short distance from the floor to the seat. From a design standpoint, this means smaller sofa legs, sleek cushions or narrow bottoms.
Take advantage of the wall above your sofa to balance the space with large-scale decoration. For example, hanging a large painting or arranging a row of vertical shelves that pulls the view up.
In a limited space, can a function include more than one goal? With multitask or multiple functions, you can accommodate all your living room needs. Storage is another useful aspect. An example is a console table or wall rack as a sliding table and multifunctional sofa bed that is very useful. Instead of a dining chair, you can use a bench with a hidden drawer. All have the same goal and provide extra space for various needs.
8. Broaden with carpet
When possible, use carpet that extends beyond furniture in every functional space. For example, carpet lying under the sofa, coffee table (coffee table) and additional seating will attract a wider view and make the living room look more spacious. On the other hand, a small carpet that is only slightly larger than a coffee table can look like a bath mat, causing the living room to appear more narrow.
9. Create a focal point
Take advantage of your small living room to create the design characteristics. Specifically, choose one aspect that can be highlighted with something that is visually appealing. The view will be immediately drawn to this salient characteristic, with little emphasis on the limited size of the space.
An example is to design a patterned wall behind a sofa with colors, textures, or wall decorations. Use wallcoverings such as fabric, murals or place framed paintings and mirrors on brightly colored walls.
10. Express yourself!
Just because your living room is small doesn’t mean you can’t express the style that represents you. In a small room, furniture easily takes over the personality that radiates from the room.
Because the living room is a place where we spend a lot of time, add personality through various decorations that tell the story of your life and your household. Photos that are framed creatively, trinkets from grandparents, works of art, or personal collections are some examples of decorative elements that can create a comfortable atmosphere of your living room.