Tips to decorate a small living space

July 24, 2015
Ali Batten

Check out our five simple design ideas that won’t cramp your space – or your style. Good things come in small packages right? And when it comes to petite living areas, there are a number of clever tricks to create the illusions of space without compromising on form or function. Let’s see what’s involved.

Tip 1 – A small room calls for small-scale furniture
Having oversized sofas and chunky modular furniture will make your point-sized space appear smaller. Instead, look for dainty 2-seaters partnered with individual chairs. Thrift shops and antique stores can offer great finds because room sizes used to be smaller than they are in modern homes. Or, skip a sofa altogether and go for some fun occasional chairs if space is super tight.

Tip 2 – Select pieces with multiple functions
Think outside the box with multifunction furniture. A central ottoman for instance, can double up as a coffee table or an extra seat. A trunk can provide additional storage space while also providing a display area for books, photos and lamps. A nest of tables can be easily tucked into a corner and pulled out when needed.

Tip 3 – Create the illusion of space
Mirrors are a small room’s best friend. They fool us into believing a room is larger than it is, and by reflecting light, mirrors offer the added bonus of making a room look brighter. This is one area where it pays to think big - oversized mirrors work best when it comes to creating the illusion of space.

Tip 4 – Add ‘invisible’ furniture
A coffee table is often the central piece of a living room, and by using tables made of transparent materials like glass, acrylic, Perspex or Lucite, your room gains functionality without any loss of visual space. The end result is a stylish piece of furniture that can actually make your room feel and look bigger.

Tip 5 – Embrace vertical space
Skip chunky cabinets and create a sense of height through vertical shelving. Use floor-length drapes to emphasize vertical lines that draw the eye upwards, and arrange art works from ceiling to floor rather than displaying them in a straight horizontal line.

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