Thursday, November 4, 2010

Small Living Room Decorating Ideas

Small living room decorating ideas can be hard to find. Really hard to find, but what's even worse is decorating that small living room.

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Small living room decorating idea #1: Keep it simple. If you have a small room, not just a living room, but any room the fewer colors and patterns you introduce, the more visual openness you'll achieve, thus making that room feel larger. Above, this small living room is a perfect example. The walls, sofa, and cowhide rug are all a similar shade of off-white, with touches of neutral black and chocolate brown. Isn't that french fireside chair the coolest covered in chocolate velvet? Divine!

small living room decorating ideas
Small living room decorating idea #2: Large is in charge! So many people think that a small room needs small furniture. Not a good move. Small things in a small room make it feel cluttered and overwhelming. The above small living room shows that you can have large scale pieces in a small space and achieve a much larger feeling in the room, while staying comfortable in generous sized upholstered pieces.

small living room decorating ideas
Small living room decorating idea #3: Lighting is key. Lighting is key in any space, but it's particularly necessary in small living rooms and other small rooms of the house to give the illusion of larger space. Task, ambient and direct lighting are all important! So many sure to fill the room with lamps, beautiful chandeliers, and make sure to leave those curtains open to let the natural light shine in!

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Small living room decorating idea #4: It's not possible in all of our small living rooms to have mirrors, but if you can fit them in somewhere, anywhere, it'll help bounce around light (tip #3) and expand opposing walls and windows!

small living room decorating ideas
Small living room decorating idea #5: You might not have great square footage in your small living room but chances are you have at least 8' of wall height to play with. Don't ignore your ability to play with that wall space.

Hopefully these small living room decorating ideas and tips are going to help you when it comes time to decorate your small rooms.

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