A small living room can be a challenge to decorate but there are ways to maximize wasted spots, tricky corners or areas that seem difficult to use. Learn some tips on how to get the most out of a living room space, no matter the shape or size of your new home.
The space above a doorway in the living room is often overlooked but it can be an important, even fun, place to utilize. When looking at this underappreciated spot, think of it as a handy place for storage. Think about using narrow shelving units above and down the sides of a doorway to maximize wall space.
Clever storage choices are the way to go to ensure no space goes unused in a living room. Thinking creatively and outside the box can expand the space in a room while keeping clutter to a minimum. For instance, full-height cabinets may not work in a shallow spot so try a single row of closed base units that slightly extend into the room and use narrow shelving to display the rest.
Tricky corners and shapes in a living room can be challenging to make work without wasting precious space. Building a bench seat, shelving or using ottomans with included storage are all ways to help create a beautiful space with practical design features.
If nooks are the bane of a living room's existence, try some creativity before giving up on the space. Squeeze in more function by tucking a tiny office corner next to a fireplace with a desk and a few shelves. This tiny workspace can still be neat, tidy and look like part of the room without taking away from the aesthetic.
Walls behind a sofa are great places to install a shelf for books, art or accessories in ways that use a forgotten wall in new and unique ways. Ledges can be installed, one above the other, for twice the storage.
Use a bay window to a room's advantage by maximizing the view. Screen some of the window with blinds or shutters to keep it looking fresh even if the view is not utilized as much or feels like wasted space. Window seats can also be a great way to introduce new concepts into an older space or one that needs freshening up.
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