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How to Layout a Small Living Room

The average UK living room has shrunk by a third and that means dressing the room with furniture is harder than it once was. So what’s the solution?

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TIP 1 – Create a focal point and boost light

The furniture in most living rooms tends to ‘point’ towards the TV but that doesn’t mean it should be the focal point. Interior design is about the furniture and living room décor. That means setting it out in such a way that the eye naturally falls on the seating area, for example, rather than the TV. This is a tip worth knowing if you live in a modern property with no fireplace.

As for light, you need to make the most of the natural light in a smaller room. you can do this by opting for minimal window dressing as well as plenty of mirror in the space to reflect the light around.

TIP 2 – You need to 'frame' living room furniture

When a room is small, the temptation is to put things where they will fit. The problem with this is that the lack of flow means that the room looks like the furniture has been placed randomly.

Framing a piece of furniture needs giving it a stage, so to speak. And so with a sofa, you would place it central to the wall or window, a rug in front and a side table at either end. That’s three pieces – sofa, rub and matching side tables – that frame the sofa beautifully.

TIP 3 – Consider fitted living room furniture to straighten out awkward places

Storage in the smaller living room is at a premium and so you need to make the most of it. And using fitted living room furniture is one option. Aside from offering heaps of storage space, a built-in cupboard or another fitted piece will ‘straighten’ out an awkward feature such as a recess or a recess with a sloping ceiling.

You may think that fitted living room furniture cramps what you can do with a space but with a bespoke piece, you are actually optimising the space that you wouldn’t otherwise be using.

TIP 4 – Consider low-level furniture

A small room is easily swamped by furniture that is tall – it appears imposing and looming above you – as too can highbacked sofas and armchairs. If you want to create the illusion of space and light, opt for low backed sofas and chairs, as well as furniture that tends to be wide rather than tall.

TIP 5 – Draw the eye upwards

The last tip leads nicely on this final tip which is about maximising the height of the room. as well as painting the ceiling white, a sparkling centrepiece of a pendant light is a great way to draw the eye up and for the room to feel taller (and less small!).

Hanging artwork higher than you normally would – and more of it – also helps to make the room feel smaller.

With these clever hints and tips, dressing a small living room is no problem!

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