We all have the one room in our home that we just haven’t gotten around to decorating yet. For most people, it’s the master bedroom or the basement or the den, but in my house it’s my living room – the first space people see when they walk through the door. We’ve remodeled our kitchen, the family room and even our daughter’s bedroom, but for some reason this area kept getting neglected.
I think part of the reason is because it’s such a small space and I’ve always wanted to do a major overhaul, including moving walls, getting a new front door and replacing all of the flooring downstairs. However, since that is going to take a bit longer than I’d like, I decided I needed to give it a design refresh in the meantime – and I’m so glad I finally did!
Here’s a peek at what it looked like before the makeover:
And this is what it looks like now:
It’s like night and day! I adore how it turned out. One of my main objectives in designing this space was to make it look and feel larger than it actually is. There are some handy tricks to doing this. Here are my 5 favorite styling ideas for small spaces that I used in this room.
Style Trick #1: Raise the Roof
Make the ceilings appear higher. Using living room furniture that is low to the ground will create the illusion of higher ceilings, thus making the space feel much larger than it is! Also, keep the furniture to scale of the space you are working with. I used the Chesterfield Sofa and a pair of matching chairs, and kept them pulled away from the walls.
Style Trick #2: Mirror Image
Mirrors are the oldest trick in the book for good reason – they work every time. Hang mirrors perpendicular or parallel to windows to reflect light and further brighten up the space. I added the Jute Framed Mirror above my vintage fireplace, which also brings texture into the living room.
Style Trick #3: Clear Results
Using glass, lucite or any type of transparent furniture lets the eye travel and makes your space feel larger. This glass Lorelei Accent Table does just that.
Style Trick #4: Explore Storage
Add storage (and reduce clutter). Regardless of the size of a room, we all could use more storage space. We tend to fill up whatever space we have, don’t we? I used the Cameron Console Table as my TV stand. The console table has drawers for storage and I added Macrame Baskets underneath for extra living room stashing options.
Style Trick #5: Multi-Taskers
Go for multi-functional furniture. In my living room I featured two Tribal Wood Carved End Tables as my coffee table instead of a more traditional coffee table. This way, they can be moved around easily as needed. These tables also have an open design, making the space feel a little airier.
Using these five styling tricks for small spaces has really opened up my living room and made it feel much larger than it actually is!
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