Home decorating tips: Make the most of a small living room

For many, the living room is the first room guests see when they enter a house, so it is important to make a great first impression. It’s easy to get carried away with grandiose decorating ideas, but if your living room is small, you should decorate accordingly. So how does one make the most of a small space in one of the most important rooms of a house? Here are five easy home decorating tips for maximizing the wow factor in your humbly-sized living room.

Tip #1: Get Clutter off the Floor

Floating shelves are a great way to maximize a small room, because they allow you to store items without taking up any floor space. In addition, they are a trendy, attractive way to show off your most prized bric-a-brac, which gives your living room a sense of personal style.

Tip #2: Keep it Light and Bright

Nothing makes a room seem smaller than dark colors on the wall. On the other hand, choosing white, light pastels and neutral shades can open a space up visually. And remember, you can always add flair with pops of color (think throw pillows).

Tip #3: Add Reflective Surfaces

It’s one of the oldest interior design tricks in the book: by adding mirrors to a room you can create the illusion of a larger space. Where’s the best place to hang a mirror? Over the fireplace or above the sofa are good choices, depending on which space is more readily seen when you enter the room. Put simply—you should find the focal point of your living room and put a mirror there. It won’t detract from the focal point, but will merely add a new dimension of “space.”

Tip #4: Minimize Furniture and Accessories

Accessories are a great way to express yourself and bring color into a room, but if you are dealing with a small space, you should keep accessories to a minimum. This also applies to furniture.

Tip#5:  Use Curtain Room Dividers

Dividing up a small space is not normally recommended; however, if you lack a formal dining room and want to convert a part of your living room, a curtain room divider is your best bet.

By following these simple home decorating tips, you can achieve the living room you’ve always dreamed of, even if your dreams once featured a much larger space. When it comes to interior design ideas for your home, any space has potential. You just need to know how to work with what you have.

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