6 Tips to Maximize Space & Functionality

A small living room certainly has its challenges. When working with a long, narrow living space, capitalize on every square inch. Consider the following tricks that designers use to make your small space feel much larger than it really is:

  1. Create defined spaces that break the space into dedicated areas, such as seating for guests to have lively conversations, a reading nook to curl up with a good book, and a small desk for your daily computer activities.
  2. Lighting is important. Make sure each dedicated space has ample lighting. Add a chandelier with a dimmer switch in your living section for overall ambient lighting and add task lighting for your desk area and reading nook.
  3. It is important not to use bulky furniture that is low to the floor because it will make the space feel smaller. Use furniture that is smaller in scale and sits up on legs to make the space feel roomier.
  4. Opt for pieces that are made of glass or acrylic, as they will trick the eye into thinking the space is larger than it really is. For example: Use a glass coffee table and a desk with acrylic legs.
  5. Ensure that you have ample space to walk through your room so that it is easy to navigate, yet still feels cozy and comfortable.
  6. If your ceilings are low, add drapery panels that are hung closely to the ceiling line to create an illusion that your ceilings are taller than they really are.