Small living rooms present their own unique challenges, but they can still be big on style with the right design touches. Maximizing the space and natural light available can help make any living room appear airy, bright, and spacious. From window treatments to décor to furniture, keep these principles in mind when planning your living space.
Reflect Light with Mirrors and Metallic Accents
Mirrors placed across from windows magnify light, and can even give the illusion of more windows in the room. For a rich look, lean a tall mirror against the wall to create a vertical bright spot that draws the eye up. Metallic accents, like shiny lamps, gold vases, mirrored boxes, or silver picture frames, can bring life and sparkle to built-ins and bookshelves.
Maximize Windows and Ceiling Height with Tall Drapes
Hanging drapes several inches above the window frame, or even to the ceiling, serves two purposes: the windows themselves appear larger and taller, and the ceilings appear higher thanks to the long, sleek drapes. If you have space on your wall, you can also design your living room drapes to stack back completely on the wall, so they do not obstruct the view and sunlight when they are open. We offer drapery hardware that can be mounted on the wall or ceiling, and our Design Consultants can help you determine the right width and length for your panels.
Try Minimalist Styles of Furniture
The coffee table is usually the centerpiece of the living room, and the space underneath it is often relegated to magazines or other storage. If your space is very small, consider using open furniture like a glass top coffee table with simple metal legs. You and your guests can stretch out your legs under the table, helping the room feel less cramped. The glass prevents the table from dominating the center of the room, allowing your art and other furniture to stand out. Multipurpose furniture that can be moved around is another great option, so walkways remain unobstructed until you need to expand your table or move the dual stool/footrest.
Browse our variety of drapery materials and our Light Filtering Window Treatment Collection for sunny living room inspiration. Visit a showroom, send us an email, or give us a call if you have any questions about your project.