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Small Living Rooms That Live Larger Than They Look
Whether you are into minimalism or prefer being surrounded by your possessions, you can feel at home and uncrowded in your small living room by following a few design tips that make your room feel larger.Continue to 2 of 16 below.
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This is a perfect look for a small living room—clean, uncluttered with neutral colors and minimal furnishings. It's elegant and understated without appearing boring, and it leaves room for personal touches.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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Small Sofa Not Required
Just because you have a small living room doesn't mean that you can't have a large sofa. Choosing a sofa with clean, simple lines in a light color and keeping other furnishings at a minimum are the keys to making a large sofa work in a small space.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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Define Your Living Spaces
When you have a small but open floor plan, like in a studio or loft apartment, separating your living space can make the room feel bigger. Use rugs or furniture arrangement to visually divide the living and dining spaces.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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Making Dark Furniture Work
In small living rooms, it's best to steer clear of dark furnishings, but there are ways to make dark furniture work. Lots of natural light mixed with light walls and flooring make dark furniture stand out without appearing too heavy. The calming color of blue also helps balance the harshness of the dark wood.Continue to 6 of 16 below.
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Maximize Your Storage
In small living rooms, storage space is usually minimal or nonexistent. Make the most of your small living room by incorporating floor-to-ceiling wall storage, and adding coffee tables, end tables and ottomans that double as storage space.Continue to 7 of 16 below.
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Don't Be Afraid of Color
It is possible to incorporate big color into your small living room, if you know how to use it. Stick to a maximum of two or three colors within the entire room, or choose one bold color to be your feature color. In this studio apartment, the furnishings and flooring incorporate clean lines and neutral colors to keep the bright orange walls from becoming too overwhelming.Continue to 8 of 16 below.
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Break Free From the Basics
In a small living room, it's tempting to push furnishings against the wall, but this can sometimes make your space appear more cramped. Try pulling the furniture away from the wall and adding a narrow table, shelf or storage behind the sofa. Glass tables work well in small rooms and give the illusion of more space.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Go Formal to Gain Elegance
Just because you have a small living room doesn't mean that it can't be formal. Armless loveseats, which work wonders in small spaces and a classic color scheme impart elegance and beauty. Seating flows around the focal point of the room—the fireplace.Continue to 10 of 16 below.
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Use Tall Shelving
Whether you add built-ins or use moveable shelving, go as high as you can. Tall shelves give the impression of added height and a sense of airiness.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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Add a Light-Colored Area Rug
Use a light-colored area rug to make your living room look larger and brighter, especially when the flooring is dark wood or dark carpet. Don't go too small, though. Rugs that reach beyond the edges of the furniture make a room look larger.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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Hang 'Em High
If you aren't blessed with floor-to-ceiling windows in your living room, go for the same effect by hanging curtains high above the top of the windows and let them fall all the way to the floor.Continue to 14 of 16 below.
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Use Mirrors to Create the Illusion of Space
Mirror, mirror on the wall ... makes your living room look not small. Reflective surfaces and particularly mirrors expand the visual space in any room. Whether you hang one large mirror or several smaller ones, they open up the room and make it appear larger.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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Add an Accent Wall With a Striped Pattern
Whether you go with stripes or some other vertical pattern, an accent wall draws the eye and a vertical pattern adds height to the room. If your room is narrow, a horizontal stripe that extends across the narrow dimension makes the room look wider.Continue to 16 of 16 below.
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Use Furniture With Legs
As funny as it sounds, furniture with exposed legs has a lighter feel than furniture without visible legs. The eye can see through to the flooring beneath the furniture, which increases the perception of space.