We here at Fireside Furniture know better than anyone else that living rooms are a highly frequented space in a home, and we’ve spent a lot of time and energy dedicated to providing great furniture options for people all over New Jersey.
Living rooms usually cater to comfort and entertainment, where lounging on the sofa and bingeing a television series is encouraged. But what if the living room is a bit smaller than you need, or it has a limiting layout and shape? These types of spaces can get cramped really easily, turning what’s meant to be a relaxing and open setting into an overwhelming and cluttered one instead–especially if you have a large family, pets, a lot of friends, and people coming over to watch a game or a movie night!
However, while the size of the room may feel restricting, there are things you can do to make the room feel bigger. All that’s required is creative planning and a smart layout strategy.
So is there a way to make a small living room feel bigger, brighter, and more welcoming to guests? In fact, we think there is. So if you’re interested in maximizing the space and feel of your living room, these 3 design tips are sure-fire ways to create a living room that looks much more spacious than it actually is.
Get Creative With Lighting
Improper lighting is one of the most obvious space-invading elements of a room, yet is one of the easiest to fix. Stand-alone lamps are not a small room’s friend, as they will take up valuable floor space.
Instead, lighting that is attached to walls or hung from above is the best option for making a small room feel larger. A popular lighting trick to create space and dimension in a room is by using swing arm sconces. The aesthetic of a stand alone lamp is emulated without the need to take up any space. A definite win for any small living space!
Armchairs over Sofas
When both armchairs and sofas are used in a small space, the result can be overwhelming. So if you’re looking for an armchair for your living room, we love this elegant recliner with tapered wood legs. However, this coil-spring comfort sofa set is design for upscale simplicity and big comfort in a petite package. So there are a ton options!
Nevertheless, if achieving a spacious look is desired, it is best to swap one large sofa out with two or three armchairs instead. Angle them towards the focal point of the room (such as the television or fireplace, or something similar) and the result will be cozy and spacious at the same time. This is a popular trick designers use to make the eye believe the room is much larger than it actually is.
Go For a Large Rug
While it may seem contradictory, at first, to use a large rug to add space to a room, this is a tried-and-tested method used by experts quite frequently to make the most out of a small layout.
The reason is that smaller rugs tend to visually break up the floor, which can make rooms feel small and cramped. Sizeable rugs, however, take up the majority of the floorspace and allow for smart planning with furniture, which is a definite ‘yes’ for a small room. This even works for funky rug prints too, so you can get creative and make the space really feel like your own. The style of your living room should match the style of the rest of your house, of course!
Don’t Settle For a Poorly Designed Living Room
Here at Fireside Furniture, we believe that a living room is one of the most important places in your house, and you need to maximize the space and feel of yours. We believe living rooms are meant to be inviting and relaxing, not jumbled and constricted.
Even the smallest living rooms can be made to feel large with these expert-approved tricks. Turn a cluttered living room into a spacious sanctuary that feels great to be in. The results will be mind blowing!
And while you’re looking to find the right furniture for your living room, stop by our showroom at 695 NJ-23 in Pompton Plains–we surely have what you’re looking for!