However, where there’s a problem, there are also quite a lot of solutions to it. Let us look at some of the ways to arrange furniture in a small living room.
- Visually lightweight furniture: In addition to how heavy or bulky your furniture physically is, there is another type of weight that is brought about by its visual properties. Furniture with legs or those with lighter coloured upholstery look visually lighter as compared to darker coloured or boxy furniture. Since leggy furnishings do not obstruct views or directly take up space on the floor, they make the space appear roomy. Furthermore, using a coffee table with transparent glass also helps to some extent.
- Overall neutrality: In addition to using light-coloured and trendy furniture, the rest of your room should also have lighter colours. This is one of the best ways to push the walls back and make the room appear larger. Since it is easier for your eyes to roam freely around a neutral palette, the space will feel expanded.
- Vertical emphasis: Apart from the horizontal dimensions of a place, vertical dimensions can also have great visual impacts depending on how they’re managed. You should create a vertical atmosphere that allows the eyes to move freely from top to bottom and vice versa. For example, your draperies can extend all the way from the ceiling to the floor even if your windows are a bit smaller. This will make the ceiling look higher and room will definitely feel more airy.
- Scale your furniture: If it’s possible for you, simply go for smaller furniture. Replace single seated couches with smaller, comfortable chairs. Throw in some body pillows and cushions on the floor so the floor can be used for sitting if couches or chairs aren’t quite enough.
- Natural lighting: Lights from the nature are to be used to their fullest. Install large windows that allow the maximum passage of light into the house. Moreover, using lighter or paler colours will also increase the visual space of a living room with good natural lighting. Window treatments should be kept simple and blockage by heavy frames or fabrics should strictly be avoided.
- Ottoman as coffee table: If you’re running out of seating space and are confused whether to go for extra seating or coffee table, why not go for both? A large leather ottoman placed in the middle of a living room can serve as a coffee table or to hold vases and decorative pieces since it is flattish on the top. Alternatively, it can also act as an extra seat!
Regardless of how you arrange furniture in a small living room or how large it might be, even arranging it in a way that creates clear walking routes for everyone wishes to pass by is going to create the image of a spacey room.