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Small Living Room Ideas to Make the Most of Your Space

Whether you live in a condo, an apartment or a small home, one of the things you dislike most is trying to fit everything you need for creature comfort into a tiny living room. If you have been tripping over end tables or are simply tired of looking at so much stuff cluttered into such a small space, it’s time to get some ideas on getting better organised. You can make the most of a small space with the following tips and the outcome will be simply amazing.



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Begin by Totally Emptying Out the Room


Before going any further, the first thing you need to do is totally empty out the room. In this way, you can get a realistic idea on how much space you really have to work with so that you can begin creating a livable space that won’t overload the senses.

Also, at this point you will probably want to hire a professional carpet cleaning service. You will almost always notice that once everything is removed from the room, there will be darker spots on the carpet from repeated ‘traffic’ whilst areas where furniture sat will be as clean as the day that carpet was installed.

Just remember that any painting that needs doing should be completed before you clean the carpets!

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Creative Use of Mirrors


This is a trick often employed by interior decorators seeking to make small spaces appear much larger. While you may wish to hang a large mirror on a wall in the centre of the room, you should also be mindful that the placement has much to do with the optical illusion mirrors create.

The most effective placement would be across from a window or sliding glass door. By reflecting what lies just outside the window, you will be creating the ultimate illusion of yet another window!

Don’t forget that natural light also helps keep the power bill to a minimum whilst adding that illusion of a much larger space.

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Keep the Focus as High as Possible


One of the things you will notice about small spaces is that it is easy to see just how small a room is when looking around the floor. A cramped area is readily apparent and so if you have no alternative than bringing back that oversized furniture, draw the eyes upward to wall hangings and decorations placed above eye level. This will help to keep the eyes from seeing what a small room you are really in.

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Light to Neutral Colours Are a Must


Remember that paint job mentioned above? When seeking to give the illusion of being larger, it is important to steer clear of dark colours. Always use light to neutral colours that tend to brighten things up. Nothing is quite as dark and dreary as a small room painted or papered in dark colours. You have heard it said that overweight people look slimmer in black. The same principle holds true for interior design. The lighter the colours, the larger a space appears to be.

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Choose Smaller Furniture If Your Budget Allows for It


Perhaps the furniture you are using in your living room came with you when you relocated to this home. It may have been suitable for a larger living room but not at all well-suited for a much smaller space. If at all possible, consider buying smaller furniture designed specifically for small spaces.

The smaller the furniture, the larger your room will appear to be. Maybe a recliner or two would work just as well if you don’t have a large family or entertain large groups often. Be creative in your choice of furniture so that you don’t crowd the room once again.

Less is More in Small Spaces


In the end, you will learn that less is really more in terms of working with small spaces. Some people have done away with sofas altogether while others opt to use a loveseat sofa in lieu of a long and bulky couch.

Just remember that the key to making any space appear larger is to keep everything to a minimum. This includes decorations of any kind. You started with mirrors, colour and size of furniture, now it’s time to rid the room of everything that keeps it cluttered. The best way to make the most of smaller spaces would be to ensure that you don’t overstuff the room with nonessential items and furnishings.

 

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author alex morrisonAlex Morrison has been an SEO Expert in Melbourne for over 10 years. In this time he has worked with a range of businesses, giving him an in-depth understanding of many different industries including printing, graphic and web design. As the owner of Integral Media, he is now utilising his knowledge and experience with his rapidly increasing client portfolio to help them achieve their business goals.

Interior Design Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2016

Interior design trends come and go, but these new 2016 style ideas look incredibly promising! Through this article we'll teach you how tell if they'll suit your home's overall design, how they should be executed and most of all how to improve the look and feel of your home. So keep on reading to find out how to make your home feel the most comfortable and welcoming it's ever been!



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Opt for More Subtle Colour Choices


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Vivid colours can be distracting and make it difficult to truly relax. Therefore this year, colour schemes are all about using neutral and earth-toned hues. This will help you get your home in tune with nature, helping you instil a calm and tranquil aura. To match these tones also try and incorporate some wood detailing or furniture to further continue theme of nature and peace.

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Bring Outdoor Furniture Inside


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The major advantage of bringing outdoor furniture inside is the rustic and charming style associated with those pieces. You may find the perfect material and design to suit your earthy indoor look. Secondly the furniture is much more resilient to wear and tear and hence will last you way longer and look way better for an extended period of time.

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Invest in Multipurpose Furniture


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The main purpose of multipurpose furniture is not simply to act as a storage unit, but to accentuate functionality. Classic options include couches or sofas or coffee tables with hidden storage compartments.

Secondly they can be used in design. Surprisingly enough some of these furniture pieces may be exactly what your room needs to look amazing! They could also be used to separate an open plan layout into smaller sections so you have clear borders, or simply as an eye-catching centrepiece.

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Try Neo-Industrialism 


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Although it can seem a little harsh at first glance, the neo-industrial look is very simple and brings many hidden charms. It's all about mixing up tough, industrial elements with softer tones to deliver a specific and refined look. So give this trend a shot as it is bound to spruce up any room you use it in!

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Build a Family-Sized Living Room


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A living room should be a place where you can sit down and relax with your whole family. For this reason in 2016 we've seen a swing in trends toward large, open living rooms designed to bring everyone together. In these rooms you should also aim to cut out any unnecessary technology, and focus only on creation of a comforting and laid back space.

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Faux-Luxury 


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Everyone wants a little luxury in their home, but the obvious problem is that not everyone can afford it! Luckily for you in 2016 luxurious items at just a fraction of the cost are on trend!

For example, say you want to spice up your floors with a little marble here or there. Undoubtedly you'll find the price tag attached a little daunting. Instead try opting for a cheaper alternative that'll give you the same look and feel such as Geostone polished floors! In comparison to marble you get more options regarding colour, shape and size, making this a worthy substitution.

Other faux-luxury items you might wish to indulge in include a small chandelier or pendant downlight instead of the real deal.

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So now you've heard about the top new interior design trends in 2016 it's time to choose the ones you like the most, and then put your own personal spin on them! Remember not all of the trends will suit your home, and hence you should take time to decide what your house really needs. Finally keep your eyes peeled for any other funky new trends that might fly around the corner!
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