Small space living: how to furnish a small living room

Small spaces are often difficult to decorate and furnish. There are often problems with space and odd corners that just won’t fit any furniture in them. If you are battling to style your living room, trying to find lounge suites that fit your decor or  have a TV stand that is slightly too big for the space, then read on for tips and tricks on how to furnish a small living room. 

Use mirrors and wallpaper

A small living room can be made to appear larger by using mirrors effectively and pale wallpaper. You can create a focal point by using wallpaper on one wall, but avoid using dark, jewel tones and rather stick to paler pastel hues.

Mirrors should be placed adjacent to windows so that they do not simply reflect light back out of the window. You can use one large mirror on a wall, or group smaller ones together to create extra visual interest in the room. You can also choose patterned wallpaper, but be sure it does not clash with your lounge suite or rug. Look for simple geometric patterns on a pale background to make the room appear more spacious.

Keep curtains and shades light

A small space can appear even smaller if you have dark, heavy curtains. Rather look for curtains and shades that are light in colour such as beige, cream or off-white. For privacy and insulation, look for lined curtains, keeping the colour light and fresh.

If you prefer your curtains and lounge sets to match, choose a colour from the couches to use for your curtains. For example, if you have a brown leather lounge suite with dark wood panelling, choose a light brown curtain set to match without making the room too dark. For a small space that only has a small window, avoid overly long curtains. Rather opt for ones that hit just below the window sill to free up floor space.

Make the best of strange angles

Some small living spaces, unfortunately, have strange angles that can make furnishing and decorating them quite awkward. A feature wall is the perfect chance to weigh and focus a room with difficult angles, drawing the eye away from them and to the focal point of the room.

If you do not like the idea of a feature wall, then you can highlight the angles, using them for shelving to store knick-knacks, books or even plants. You could use an awkward corner for a small reading nook or as a place to store your bar cart when it is not in use. You will need to make the best of strange angles in a small room, as embracing an issue is easier than trying to work around something that cannot be changed.

Choose seating with storage

To open up floor space in your living room, a great idea is to choose seating with storage, such as plush ottomans that open up to store blankets and cushions or a couch that has a compartment underneath it to store winter linens for those cold nights.

Furniture that has the dual purpose of storage is ideal for smaller spaces. It allows you to have a comfortable lounge suite to sit on while also giving you the opportunity to store accessories for the room, such as game boards or coasters. Your coffee table could be used to store remote controls when they are not in use, so look for one that opens up like a chest or that has drawers for storage.

Bring in pops of colour

While sticking to neutral tones can help to make a small living room appear larger, it can also be boring and not visually pleasing to have an overly simple room. To create visual interest, you can bring in bright pops of colour that complement the rest of the room.

Bright reds and oranges match grey monotone colour schemes perfectly, drawing the eye to the colour rather than the space of the room. Blues and greens are best suited to off-white and cream. You can introduce colour by using cushions in different textures and fabrics or by hanging artwork that has been painted with bright colours. A brightly patterned rug is ideal for a neutral room, but be sure that it does not clash with the curtains or lounge suite.

Let your creative flag fly free

While making a small space appear larger and making it feel more  comfortable can be difficult, it can be done with a little creative thinking and a lot of decorative insight. You should first take stock of the room without furniture in it, then move on to looking for lounge suites that might fit perfectly into the space.

By using light wallpaper and mirrors, you can create the illusion that the space is larger than it actually is. Don’t be afraid of using colour to draw the eye, and remember to always inject some of your own personality into the room.