Most people who live in large cities like New York City or Los Angeles live in cramped apartments that probably don't have the living room space we dreamt of. A small living room doesn't mean that you have to have a sparsely decorated one though. Small living rooms mean that apartment owners or renters need to get creative with their furniture and find different ways to include storage. Here are some tips and tricks for maximizing that space.
1. Add A Mirror
Mirrors are versatile decorations when it comes to living rooms. Not only are they great for gazing at yourself, but they also have the ability to open up a room. Mirrors should be placed on the wall perpendicular to a window, as they will reflect the light and make a room appear larger than it is. If you want to create more of a focal point, consider painting the wall or using wallpaper to make a statement, with the mirror placed in the center. This will give the living room more of an open feeling.
2. Get Vertical
Some living rooms may be long and narrow, while others might be small squares or rectangles. All living rooms contain at least one wall, and this wall should always be used as a vertical space. That means that cluster frames can be used on a wall that grabs attention.
3. Smaller Sofas
We all know that a large sectional is nice and comfy to relax on, but for small living rooms a large sofa simply does not fit the space. To avoid making the living room feel cramped, select a sofa that is appropriate for the space. This might mean a loveseat and chair or a smaller three-person sofa. Just because they are smaller, doesn't mean they can't be stylish and comfortable. Do some searching and find the sofa of your dreams, just a smaller version.
4. It's All About The Corners
Smaller living rooms don't have any space to spare, which means the corner of the room should be an area that is completely maximized. This can be done with an L-shaped sectional as long as it doesn't take up the entire room. Only living rooms that have a full corner and some open space will actually look bigger with a sectional there. A smaller coffee table will fit nicely in the corner with the sectional, and there may even be room for some additional pieces of furniture, like a tall bookshelf.
5. House Plants
Not only do plants release some nice fresh oxygen into the air, but they also add depth to a room. House plants placed in corners, by windows, or next to pieces of furniture like a sofa or chair create a more lush feeling space. House plants are also good to have on bookshelves if there is a light source nearby. Succulent terrariums can also be a nice addition when placed atop a coffee table. You can have your own little garden oasis indoors.
6. Hidden Storage
A lot of furniture companies have pivoted towards making furniture that is both stylish, and doubles as storage. For smaller living rooms and apartments, this is particularly useful. Footstools, sofas, and coffee tables can all contain some hidden storage areas. Many footstools have a removable lid where blankets and linens can be stored, the same goes for sofas and coffee tables with baskets.