How to maximise space in your living room

The living room is the most public area of your house and often the busiest. It’s where guests are usually taken upon arrival and is also, in many households, the central family hub where everybody gets together at the end of the day. So if your living room is spatially challenged, you’re going to want to maximise whatever space you have both for practicality and comfort. Here are a few tips.

Functional Furnishings
Furniture pieces with rounded corners tend to improve circulation and flow in enclosed spaces. Two-tiered coffee tables can also be very useful for providing double storage space. Alternatively, you could also think about using two small coffee tables instead of one, in order to help with traffic-flow. Drop-leaf tables can save on space as well and can also provide dual functionality. Nested tables are even more useful in this regards and offer multiple surfaces which can easily be stored away when not in use. With regards seating, corner-sofas work really well for small places and are a great way of clearing floor space.

Cool Even Tones
To make your living room seem larger, choose cooler colours and then apply them consistently to all surfaces. You can use different shades but try to keep the walls and surfaces looking as uniform as possible. If you have a low ceiling then paint it a lighter shade to make it seem higher. Keep the flooring dark to further enhance the illusion of space, while including brighter tones as you reach the ceiling. Mirrors can also prove useful in projecting the notion of space, especially floor-to-ceiling versions.

Large Furnishings
This may seem counterintuitive but using larger furniture pieces can actually save on space by discouraging the use of smaller items which may clutter your living room. For example, a larger sofa might remove the need for including extra seating, thereby freeing up floor space.

Appropriate Furniture
Look for furniture which will fit the shape of your living room. So for example, if your space is long and narrow try to choose furniture pieces that match these dimensions. This way, you’re far more likely to get the most out of the space available to you.

Storage
Take full advantage of floor to ceiling space with high bookcases and cabinets. You’ll be amazed at how effective they are de-cluttering your living room and freeing up space. However, wall-mounted shelving systems are probably the most effective space-saving solution. Because they sit close to the wall, they tend to take up less floor space than a bookcase or cabinet. They can also be easily adjusted in order to include more shelves. For any remaining clutter storage chests can help to keep your living room area clear. In addition, they can provide an extra surface should you need one.

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