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Decorating Solutions for Tiny Living Rooms

By HomeCentrl on Dec 20, 2012

Having a small living room can be a challenge when you are trying to fit everything in and make it look good at the same time. Here is a look at some of the tips and tricks you can use to make the most of the space that you have to work with.

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Control the Clutter

Even large rooms can quickly lose their appeal when there is a lot of clutter. And having to make the most of a small living room space will become an even greater challenge if there is too much clutter on display. The secret to presenting a small room in the best possible light is to maximize the space available and use up every storage area to keep items away from view. Look at coffee tables with storage space underneath and make use of small nooks by putting up shelves to keep items off the floor.

Furnishings

Once you have tidied up your room as much as possible, you need to consider your choice of furniture very carefully. Small spaces are not the best choice for a large sofa or even an oversized piece of artwork that will just end up dominating the space available and look out of place. Look for a sofa in a neutral colour that has clean arms and a low back so that it combines function with aesthetic appeal. If you need enough seating for a family and have to choose a large sofa, then try to scale down the other items in the room to accommodate your needs while still achieving a good look.

Colors and Patterns

Your choice of color scheme and any pattern will dictate the look that you ultimately achieve. Dark colors and busy patterns will make the space look even smaller. Your best choice for a tiny living room is to go for light shades and neutral patterns as a way of creating an airy, spacious feeling.

Natural Light

A common problem with small houses and tiny living rooms is that they suffer from a lack of natural light, which makes them look even smaller than they actually are. You can use several tricks to create the impression of natural light. Consider positioning a mirror on the wall so that it reflects any natural light that comes into the room. Use recessed, wall-mounted, or hanging lights to not only generate more light but also serve a useful purpose without taking up valuable floor or table space.

There are many ways that you can make the best of your tiny living room, it just takes a bit of creative thinking.

Author Bio: Leah Woodward has extensive experience with DIY projects and has an interior design background. She enjoys sharing her insights and DIY stories on various home blogs. Visit Multiyork to see their sofa covers and other furniture solutions for smaller spaces.

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