By Samantha Schoech | Houzz
The thing to remember is that you really don’t need much room in a living room. A living room is for socializing, for gazing at the fire or for watching TV. Mostly, it is for conversation. You do not need space to do yoga in the living room. In fact, as long as you can walk around the coffee table, you’re fine.
You can pack a lot of style into 100 square feet. But whether you lean toward traditional or like to go boho eclectic, making a small living room work is all about choosing a focus and arranging the right furniture in the right configuration. How to Make Your Living Room Feel Larger.
Here are 11 well-done gems in as many different styles.
1. If you have a fireplace, make it the focus of the room. Arrange the furniture in an intimate arc, rectangle or square around it. And remember, you don’t have to be facing it for it to be the focus.
2. The classic combo: a sofa, two chairs and a coffee table. That’s really all you need to create a cozy and intentional conversation area. And as long as people aren’t bumping their knees when they sit down, you’re fine.
3. A time-honored arrangement is a sofa and two chairs at a 90-degree angle with a side table serving both (see top photo). A large upholstered ottoman can do triple duty as a coffee table, extra seating and a footrest.
4. If your space is two rooms in one, make sure they are connected by decor, color and style. Here, there is no break between the living area and the small dining area.
5. The colors, materials and modern eclectic style can be carried through open space. But each small section should be focused and defined by area rugs and furniture placement.
6. Use a sofa as a dividing wall. And put it as close to the focal point (here it’s the fireplace) as possible without everything’s looking squished.
7. Go miniature. There is no reason a love seat can’t be the main sofa. This space is formal and cozy at the same time. Ditch the Bulky Sectional and Go For a Love Seat.
8. You can go very formal and traditional in a small space. The glass coffee table, mirror and light colors make this room seem bigger than it is.
9. An open-backed chaise creates a sense of space and openness. And it keeps things close and intimate.
10. A built-in sofa is a major space saver.
11. Two small side tables (or nightstands) make a good coffee table. And they’re easily rearranged depending on the need. Trade the Coffee Table for Two End Tables.
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