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How to Decorate in a Small Living Room

Sectional from Smitty's Fine Furniture shows example of how to decorate a small living room in Canada

 

Your living room is a hub of activity: where you spend time hanging out and watching TV, spending time with family, and entertaining guests. And if you have a small living room and often entertain, you probably know the struggle of keeping your space feeling open while having enough seating to accommodate everyone. Try some of these design tips to really maximize the use of your small living room!

 

1) Choose smaller furniture

 

If you have a small living room, don’t go out and buy the largest sectional you can find. Try to keep furniture more compact and less bulky. This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the number of seats, just make sure you’re choosing more streamlined furniture that takes up less room.

 

2) Take advantage of wall space

 

One of the keys to designing a small space is to draw the eye upward. Whether or not you have high ceilings in your living room, you can still do this and make your room feel larger and grander. Fill the walls with a collection of framed pictures and paintings to draw your guest's eyes upward and create the illusion of more space.

 

3) Fill a corner

 

This probably sounds like the last thing you want to do in a small room, but small corner living spaces sometimes feel bigger with a large piece of furniture in them. A sectional with clean lines can work well in a small space because it is one piece, making the room feel less cluttered. It will also allow you to seat lots of guests.

 

4) Install a wall of storage

 

If your small living room features a spattering of furniture for storage, spread out here and there, consider devoting an entire wall to storage instead. You can install a full floor-to-ceiling entertainment centre or bookshelf which will take up less space in the grand scheme of your living room.


At Smitty’s Fine Furniture in Kitchener and Hanover, we have a large selection of sectionals, storage solutions and other furniture to help you maximize the use of your small living space. Visit us at one of our locations to see our selection!

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Small Space - Big Style

When decorating a small space it is crucial to consider how the space is being used.

 

Everything should have a  dual purpose and be able to be moved with ease.   It is often a challenge to try to maximize the use of the space.    I  recommend spending the most money on the items you use the most.

 

Lifestyle would also be one of the most important issues to consider, if you eat in front of the television perhaps a lift top cocktail table with storage or an upholstered ottoman with storage that could also be used for additional seating if necessary.  The Sonno ottoman from Marzilli conceals a twin bed for overnight guests. 

 

An expandable dining table with perhaps a bench for extra seating that could easily tuck under the table, the bench could also be used in the living space for additional seating or at the end of a bed when not needed in the eating area.

 

Custom tables from Canadian manufacturer, Bermex allow you to design the size of your table to suit your own personal space. 

 

An apartment size sofa with a sofabed, a bed with under bed storage drawers or a Murphy wall bed is also a good choice for extra storage in a smaller space.  Perfect Balance bedroom suites from Durham Furniture are high quality solid wood bedroom furniture made in Canada that are designed for smaller space living.  Most of the bedroom sets include options for under-bed storage and a unique storage lift bed rounds out a broad selection of bed styles and sizes.

 

 

Leggier sofa and chair styles also seem to consume less space than items that are skirted or sit low to the ground.  The Canadian Made,  Condo Living Collection from Decor-rest offers a wide variety of styles and fabrics to choose from. 

 

 

Mirrors, large art work or wall hangings as well as the use of color may make the room feel bigger and more dramatic. The impact of fewer larger items rather than several smaller items will seem less cluttered.

 

 

Less is always better, try to utilize larger or taller items with ample storage with dual functionality. A taller chest of drawers could also house extra bed linens, as well as any household items.

 

I always giggle when I watch Sex and the CITY and see how Carrie stores her sweater collection in her oven, how creative.

 

 

Be sure to visit Smitty's Pinterest board for more style solutions for Small Space Living 

 

 

Have a decorating dilemma?

Why not Ask A Smitty's Decorator

 

 

 

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Small Space Solutions

Just because you live in a condo, apartment, or urban space doesn‘t mean that you have to sacrifice quality and comfort in your home furnishings.

 

 

 LeatherCraft manufactures a wide range of sofas, recliners, accent chairs, and customizable solutions that are ideal for urban lifestyles. Condo Living solutions are more compact in both width and depth, providing more usable living space.

Artage International - Metropolitan II in condo size dimensions with optional hand applied paint finishes are perfect for smaller living spaces. Glass top tables are the perfect choice for small spaces. A glass-topped table visually enlarges a small space because it appears to take up less room than a solid table of the same size.

Perfectbalance furniture by Durham Furniture has been designed to fit perfectly in today’s modern homes, and is particularly suited to a number of different lifestyles.

Solid wood furniture to fit your life.

Multifunction coffee tables. Choose tables that effectively utilize and save space. This Artage table can easily double as a computer work space.
Entryway Catchall - keep clutter from overwhelming a small space. It's as simple as a hook for your coat, baskets for your gloves and scarves and a drawer for your keys and mail.
Mirrors - widen the look of a long, narrow room by adding a floor-standing mirror, or hanging a large mirror on a long wall. Mirrors reflect light and help 
brighten a small space.
Nesting Tables - perfect for entertaining in a small space. Compact yet versatile.

Versatile Furniture pieces like this drop leaf console from the Great Rooms Collection by Universal add style and function to your small living space. The console can be used as a desk, hallway table or dining table.

Double Duty Furniture - try to find furniture that has more than one function. Ottomans provide storage, a bench to sit on or a place to put your tv.
The golden rule for small space living is to have a place for everything, and put everything in its place. The Wave Storage Wall Bed by Legacy is the perfect solution to help unclutter your small space.
     

For more Small Space Living Solutions visit our Small Space Living  board on Pinterest 

 

 

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