In our small apartments and other small studios, the living room often faces a lack of space. As best we can, we try to arrange it to receive friends or stroll alone. But the challenge is even greater when the living room coexists with the dining room or the bedroom. Do not despair, there are tips for arranging a real living room space. And this, regardless of the size of your living room!
When the living room area is small, it’s hard to imagine a cozy and friendly corner at the same time. While promoting comfort, we must not neglect circulation and style, not to mention the brightness that should be favored at all costs. Adopt a mini corner sofa, choose multifunction furniture or the right color palette. So many simple rules to implement to create a small well thought out living room.
Invest in modular furniture
Who says small living room, says small furniture. Forget the XXL sofas right away, you won’t even be able to move around in the living room. We adapt the size of the furniture to the configuration of the space, choosing mini two-seater sofas, nesting coffee tables, or ottomans that are easy to move, so traffic will not be cluttered. Be careful with the look, however, practical furniture should not be at the expense of aesthetics. Light or pastel tones are the most suitable because they increase the luminosity. A touch of brass and a luminous neon, your small living room will make envious!
Favor modular furniture
In a small living room, it is better to do without stationary furniture that weighs down space and is not practical. Modular furniture is a friend of small surfaces. Apart from the sofa, consider putting casters on light furniture. The pallet coffee table can thus change place as you wish, freeing up space when the number of guests exceeds that of square meters. Also, swap the armchairs for dining room chairs, or, better yet, foldable seats that you put away once the apartment is vacated.
Accessorize the small living room like a big one
Accessorizing the living room is THE key to transforming it into a practical and aesthetic living room. So when the floor space is limited, it is better to invest the walls. Picture frames and wall shelves are your best friends! Ideal for energizing a white wall, they bring style to the living room in the blink of an eye. If nothing prevents you from varying the formats, choose substantially similar colors to avoid the carnival effect. Some houseplants are also welcome to add a touch of freshness. You can place them on the windowsill, on a pedestal table, or choose the option of hanging pots from the ceiling.
Play with the architecture of the small living room
Do you live in a pocket square? Don’t panic, even in a studio, there is always a place to set up a lounge area. An alcove, a recess, an unoccupied corner … small free areas offer an often unsuspected potential. Wedged between the window and the kitchen wall, this mini living room is ultra optimized and benefits from beautiful light. A few cushions, a thick mattress, and a side table, a bench even emerged in the blink of an eye on the wall clearance. Proof that a little imagination is enough to create a real living room!
Assume style in the small living room
Just because your living room is small doesn’t mean its style should be overlooked. The living rooms are a reflection of our personality, so they have the right to marked atmospheres. In this relaxation area, the furniture, like the materials, infuses a resolutely vintage atmosphere. On the ground, an old tiling meets the moldings of the ceiling. When it comes to decoration, the sofa and the coffee table seem to have been found and revamped to the taste of the owners, the same observation on the side of the shelves filled with retro knick-knacks. In short, it doesn’t matter the size of the living room, as long as you like it!
Isolate the small living room with a shelf
In a multi-use living room where the spaces merge, it may be good to isolate the living room from the dining room and the kitchen. Studios that rarely have two separate rooms for the living room and the sleeping area face the same problem. But rather than compartmentalizing – which would darken the space and make it all the more cramped – go for light visual separation. Claustra, curtains, there are many economical solutions such as graphic shelves. This extremely simple system allows you to conserve the brightness while increasing the privacy of the place.
Daring the corner sofa in the small living room
No, corner sofas are not exclusively reserved for large living rooms! A small living room can very well accommodate a sofa with chaise longue, if its size is adapted to the available surface. Here, the corner seat is narrow and fits easily in a corner of the living room, not far from the dining area. Topped with a series of cushions, the sofa is then a cozy cocoon to laze around. However, avoid weighing down the relaxation area with imposing furniture and prefer a mini coffee table or a pedestal table. Also, be sure to invest all available nooks – such as the window sill – for your small decorative items.
Choose dark colors for the small living room
It is possible to adopt dark shades in a small living room. If black, navy blue and anthracite gray darken the space, they are also a major decorative asset. These shades bring an intimate and plush note to the style of the living room. So when it is narrow, just counterbalance the dark paint with bright colors. Like this small living room where a pink and white wall meets the black wall. Likewise, the ceiling has been covered with immaculate paint, enough to highlight the height of the room and highlight the moldings. We particularly like the daybed as a seat. Ultra trendy and above all compact, it can replace any sofa!
Install smart storage and save space!
The lack of storage is certainly the black point of small living rooms. Storage furniture and other bookcases are too large to find their place in this kind of living room. Show ingenuity and invest in multifunctional furniture. Low basket tables like these hold linens like magazines, and some sofas have built-in drawers. Solutions intended for tenants, who are rarely allowed to pierce walls to fix shelves.
Opt for chairs in the small living room
Comfort is the priority in a living room. Room of relaxation and conviviality, it should welcome all your guests as they should. Not easy in a small living room? Forget club chairs and other bulky sofas, opt instead for chairs as seats. Of course, we choose a slightly designer model, with an openwork cut like these Bertoia chairs, a flashy color or a noble material. And to give them a more cozy look, just throw in a faux fur blanket or a down pillow.
Harmonize the style of the living room with that of the studio
The owners of studios and small studios will recognize each other. When the living room and the bedroom coexist in the same room, it is difficult to imagine a homogeneous but differentiated atmosphere. Here, the choice fell on the same color palette: mouse gray predominating, mauve and woody notes in small touches. The Nordic style extends throughout the studio with a rattan armchair and a tree trunk coffee table. The goal ? Create visual continuity to enlarge the room and give the impression of a large living room. A carpet has nevertheless been installed to delimit the living area from the sleeping area.
Dress the small living room in white
It is well known, white is a bright color that has the advantage of making the space bigger. It is obviously the most suitable shade in a small living room. Most of us will choose to leave the walls and ceiling pristine, but for an incomparable look, you have to dare the total look. Sofa, lamp, shelf, carpet, not to mention the coverings, everything is covered in white here! Are you worried about the North Pole effect? A coffee table in natural wood and a few plaids are enough to warm the mood. For a small living room with a Scandinavian spirit.