A 10-foot sofa or a huge media console is nice, but what if you are in an apartment or condo setting in an urban area? Those two pieces would certainly be not an option, due to how much space they can consume, which you don’t have much to give.
However, if you look at it as a design challenge, there are a few pointers that you need to understand. A fundamental point to remember is to keep it to a minimum: things that can share a space with another can be stacked together to keep from occupying too much space, all while still keeping your own design identity.
Below are a few pointers on how best to utilize your small living room.
Share It With Other Rooms
If space is limited, you may want to consider connecting it to other spaces in the unit, such as the kitchen and the dining room. The living room can be a group of spaces comprised of it, the dining area, and the kitchen. With smaller spaces, movement is at a premium, so you would do best to provide more opportunities for such.
Use Built-In Pieces
It would be a wise idea to invest in built-in solutions and the proper shelving to adapt to your limited space. Custom built-ins are optimal in smaller spaces because it saves the floor area, which would be your primary concern. Also, it serves two or more functions, depending on your specifics. Find spaces in furniture that you can put to use, like under a sofa or a center table.
Find Creative Ways In Displaying Your Pieces
Try arranging furniture in a way that would be still easily identifiable to distinguish what goes where despite the lack of dividers. Think of it as assigning groups to your furniture, putting together identical pieces with each other, and then assigning them an area of your space.
Let Sunlight In
Give your light sources more emphasis. It is important to remember that light gives the illusion of more space than there is, while shadow does to the opposite of it. The latter is not recommended for already small spaces. The simplest way to do this is with a mirror, placed where it can reflect light from the window. This also gives off an illusion of depth in your room. Another recommendation is to put the more used pieces in a way the users have a view of the outside.
Strategize Your Color Choices
White or pale hues still are the best option to paint smaller areas. This, however, does not rule out darker hues as a choice. The key for those is to pick a soothing color, like navy, charcoal gray, or a sublime green. The tip of making darker colors work is to place lighter-colored pieces next to it. Layering with pale-colored or shiny pieces is also recommended.
Opt For Newer And More Modern Pieces
Older pieces tend to be more bulky, therefore taking up more space. This is especially true for a sofa, which is essential for a living room. Modern pieces tend to be low-profile, which means the smaller distance from the couch to the floor, much like a car. With the space conserved, put up wall décor that can start low and goes up. A large-scale art piece or a vertical row of shelves are perfect examples of such pieces.