Small Living Room Decorating Ideas

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Small Living Room Decorating Ideas

Staff Writer · Nov 24, 2009

The living room is the central part of any apartment; therefore, the following living room decorating ideas can be useful for anyone who wants to balance their living area for maximum harmony. With regards to apartments, this involves knowing where to shop for living room decor as well as being able to use your creativity in decorating small spaces.

Open up Your Living Room

With the right furniture you can open up the space in your living room. Many nice pieces can be obtained by shopping at furniture outlet stores. You want to create an open feeling so picking furniture pieces that can effect this type of feel can make a small space suddenly feel spacious. Use pieces with exposed legs and coffee tables that are made of tempered glass. Balance out your arrangement by placing lamps and chairs parallel to one another and on either side of your main piece of furniture. Your primary piece of furniture should be placed against the the largest wall with the accessory pieces creating a conversation area with uninterrupted traffic flow.

Paint Your Ceiling Lighter than the Walls

Maintain the spaciousness of your living room by painting the ceiling a shade lighter than the walls. This will, in effect, make the ceiling appear taller. Choose pale monochromatic colors such as pale greens and beiges to neutralize your space and highlight the clean lines of the furniture and related accessories.

Choose One Large Print on a Wall instead of Several

Less is more and choosing one large print behind, say, your couch will make your space appear larger than by cluttering the wall with several small prints. The focus is drawn off the individual prints and more credence is given to the hodgepodge look they create. Keep things clean and simple for a more expensive and expansive look.

Make Use of Lights and Mirrors

Mirrors are a “must have” accessory item for any small space. Their value should never be underrated. Use nicely framed mirrors and hang them on walls across from each other to add to the dimensions of your living area. Also, lighting is critical in creating the proper illusion with regards to space. Avoid using lights on your ceiling as this will only optically lower it. Keep your lighting soft and subdued in order to prevent the shadows that can occur that optically pare down a room. 

Choose Drapes with Shear Panels

The texture of fabrics also plays a part as to how capacious your living room will look. Therefore, look for drapes that aren’t weighty but, instead, give the illusion of lightness and promote an open view. Drapes should offer privacy but shouldn’t be so thick that you feel pinned in to your small living space.

Of course, it helps to use shelves and storage units to de-clutter your space and give it more magnitude. Look around you. Make your small surroundings work for you even if it means making a portion of your living room into a small office. Use every bit of space so your living area is fully functional. Decorate with the idea of style and usability in mind.

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