Interior of a small living room: 190+ (Photo) Modern ideas (furniture, wallpaper, zoning)
The living room is one of the most important rooms, which must be equipped even with a shortage of free space. A small area imposes many restrictions, but at the same time gives an impetus to the manifestation of imagination and the embodiment of unusual design solutions. To cope with the task of creating a cozy, sufficiently functional living room is quite possible if you have the necessary information. Find out more about everything further in the article..
Simple or complex approaches to solving the issue
Creating an original living room in a small area is not easy. Non-standard solutions, as well as special techniques will be used.
The simplest option to “add” your living room area would be to disassemble the wall (or part of it). In this case, the expansion will be achieved by combining the living room with kitchen or from one of the adjoining rooms.
Choosing non-standard solutions
Complex approaches are the embodiment of unusual solutions in the area that was originally allocated for the living room. For this, a game with colors and shades is used, the choice of suitable furniture, accessories.
Where to begin?
We combine the floor and ceiling with the interior
If the living room is not only small in size, but also requires the combination of several functionally different zones, then this factor should be taken into account from the very beginning of the design.. Zoning, if necessary, is performed using the following techniques:
- niche organization;
- competent arrangement of furniture items;
- the use of wallpaper in several shades;
- placement of partitions;
- the use of lighting of various directions and organization;
- organization podium in part of the room;
- combining living quarters with balcony.
Placement of partitions
The main points in creating a living room interior are based on a suitable choice:
- Color gamut.
Wall decoration: manipulating prints and shades
One of the most popular ways to decorate walls is gluing wallpaper. To create a successful interior, designers prefer light colors. Pastel colors will create the effect of free space, spaciousness, light.
Most often, the walls are covered with wallpaper.
It is necessary to choose small prints for the living room, not flashy colors, but having a laconic design. It is not advisable to introduce large bright elements into the interior, not only when decorating walls, but as accessories. A large pattern on the walls will give the impression of a small, cramped space..
AdviceFor a small room, it is important not to overload it with details, including drawings, details. In order for the space to be harmonious, it is advisable not to use prints in large quantities. If the wallpaper is selected in a small pattern, then the curtains, as well as the upholstery, are better to choose monochromatic. And vice versa.
It is better not to choose wallpaper with large drawings.
The dominant light shade in the living room can look boring and uninteresting. It is necessary to dilute such a “bland” interior with an unusual decor, using original solutions. Several colors in the room design will help create a dynamic atmosphere and even improve well-being..
When using multiple shades, try to limit the number to five. A good option is to apply a gradient color..
Light wallpapers can look boring.
Pastel shades have many tones and midtones. The choice of the one that is more suitable for the living room should be based on the concept of the room itself, the brightness of the lighting and the objects present in the room..
Warm shades with a yellowish undertone have a calming effect on the nervous system and look neutral. They allow you to create a versatile backdrop in the living room..
Cold shades, combined with warm ones, can be used in small rooms without the danger of making them uncomfortable and cold. Warm and cool colors, combined with white, create a bright, comfortable room for living.. White can be entered as an accent.
Cold shades include:
Cold colors of the interior
Warm tones include:
- peach, etc.
Classic color combination
AdviceFor rooms facing north, it is best to choose warm colors as the dominant colors. For sunny windows, you can pay attention to the cold color scheme, “extinguishing” a large amount of sunlight.
Recommendations for the design of the living room
- Light colors will visually expand the room.
- A print with a horizontal pattern visually “lowers” the ceiling.
- Bright hues can be used as companion colors for accents.
- In the presence of pets, it is better to choose wallpaper with a small print (for example, with a spray effect), as well as a textured top layer. This approach will hide minor damage caused by animals..
- A vertical strip or other pattern going from bottom to top visually increases the height of the ceiling, but can hide the area.
Light colors will visually expand the room
Highlighting one of the walls: mirrors and wallpaper
If you need to visually “expand” the living room space, you can use mirrors. They should not be small, but large, allowing you to create a perspective effect. As an example – using furniture with mirrored facades or placing a mirrored surface above sofa.
Selecting a wall with photo wallpaper – a fashionable and effective technique. Sticking photo wallpaper will help correct the irregular shape of the room, as well as switch attention to the original design. A three-dimensional image will help to visually stretch a square room or balance a narrow living room.
Select walls with photo wallpaper
AdviceIn addition to walls, mirrors can be used to decorate the ceiling in the living room..
Highlighting one of the walls of the living room in the recreation area with a bright color or a catchy photo wallpaper will help give the room dynamism. You can place original decorative items near this wall..
The justification of partitions in a limited room space
If the living room has a small area, how justified is its division with the help of additional partitions? If necessary, place several zones, for example, recreation and reception of guests, such a division may be fully justified.
Justified use of partitions
The partitions themselves in the living room can be of two main types:
Partitions can form original arches, move into niches of an interesting shape, stand out in color and material.
Partitions can have the most interesting shapes
They play a role not only functional, zoning the room, but also decorative. They can be decorated with glass, bead pendants, fabric panels, etc.. Or can be used racks with open shelves for books, souvenirs, an aquarium, etc..
If selected glass, then most often the preference is given to the matte version, as the most versatile. The matte effect does not give full transparency, but it does allow color to pass through enough and can be combined with most styles.
Decorative function of partitions
Solid, built for years, such partitions play the role of a real wall. They are reliable, but they have their drawbacks:
- take up a lot of space;
- worsen the natural lighting of the room, especially if there is only one window in it;
- they are very difficult to dismantle and almost impossible to move.
Here partitions play the role of a real wall
For a small living room, a fundamental partition is not the best option.. It can be used only in cases where other options are not possible to implement..
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Ceiling: “increase” the height
The design of the ceiling affects the perception of the entire room. With a low height of the living room walls, you will have to abandon complex multi-level structures and dark colors.. The lighter the shade is chosen, the better..
Give up the pompous ceiling
A sense of spaciousness can be created using optical illusions in the form of prints on tension structures. It is better to give preference to a satin or glossy finish, which visually adds to the size of the living room. Matte surfaces look more traditional. But with the correct organization of lighting, they are also able to “raise” the ceiling.
If there is an opportunity to refuse carpeting in a small living room, then it is better to do this. Carpet on the floor can split up space and give the impression of being cluttered.
Better to do without carpets
If you need a carpet, then it is recommended to try to decorate the interior based on simple rectangular models. The rectangle can harmonize the space and give it the correct shape..
AdviceIt is better to give preference to a single-color coating or one that has a smooth transition from dark to lighter tones.
Combining a living room with a kitchen
This option is considered a fairly simple solution to the problem of small space. The union of two rooms can be done using an extended opening between rooms or in the form of an arch, combined with bar counter.
In this case, the zoning of space can be emphasized by the different design of the walls, floor and even the ceiling, as well as the use of different textures and shades. The generality of design can be achieved by a kind of “overflow” of colors from one room to another with a difference in tones or patterns. At the same time, the combined premises should be organized in the same style..
The option of combining the kitchen with the living room
AdviceThe visual separation of the kitchen and living room areas can also be emphasized by a curtain made of wooden beads or a gauze fabric gathered on one side..
If the living room is combined with the kitchen, then you should pay more attention to the choice of flooring. Perhaps, in this case, the carpet with a long pile will have to be removed, leaving open the laminate or linoleum in the living area.
We are attentive to the choice of flooring
The floor of the kitchen may differ from the material of the flooring of the living area. For the kitchen, non-slip tiles are best. It is highly resistant to impacts, including water.
Optical illusions: choosing the right furniture
The use of design techniques allows for visual correction of the room. One of the optical illusions is choosing small furniture.
The main subjects for focusing attention
The center of the composition can be a sofa or, for example, a dining room table. If a large piece of furniture is surrounded by smaller ones (chairs, small armchairs, etc.), then the composition will not look overloaded..
We place the accents correctly
Do you have a plan?
The arrangement of interior items is best done according to plan. This will allow you to distribute the free space correctly, and avoid the acquisition of unnecessary items..
Table and closet for the living room should be small and compact. A large sofa creates comfort, but may not be appropriate in a small area.
AdviceA fold-out sofa can be a good solution. This will allow you to organize an extra bed for family members or guests..
A good option is a folding sofa
Furniture organized as transformers will help “outwit” the space:
- tables with a sliding or folding mechanism;
- folding sofas;
- armchairs that can change their size;
- modular furniture.
Corner sofa: yes or no?
Should you choose a corner sofa for your living room? It fills space economically and fits neatly into a small space. Of the minuses – the impossibility of rearranging it, since the size of the living room imposes severe restrictions.
Corner sofa in a small living room
Additional storage systems can be organized in the form of drawers under the sofa, in the form of hinged shelves in the walls. Despite the small size, in the living room you can even find a place for a wardrobe.
We save space in the living room
It is important to adhere to the rule that all elements introduced into the interior should not look bulky. The largest of them are best placed along the walls..
This approach will save free space by removing all unnecessary from open shelves. Mirrored doors will be a good solution, visually adding volume. If the mirror does not fit the interior, you can try to introduce into the interior a model with frosted glass on the front or a pattern running along the front of the cabinet..
Better not to clutter up an already small room
A solid wall of furniture along one of the walls in the living room will take up too much free space. It would be better to replace it with a slide with open light shelves that have a simple organization and a minimum of decorative elements..
It is best to select a furniture set in a light color that matches the shade of the walls.. Open shelves can only be used in limited quantities.
Light color furniture set
Nobody cancels practicality
A beautiful interior in which you are not ashamed to meet guests is, of course, good, but what about practicality? Even in a small living room, you should provide a place for your favorite books and CDs with music, shelves for placing exhibits of your collection or souvenirs from distant countries..
Storage systems must be present, at least in a minimal amount. This is especially important if the rest of the apartment is small. With the likelihood that guests will be staying overnight, a fold-out sofa becomes necessary.
When there is room for guests
Fireplace in the interior of the living room
A small amount of furniture can be diluted with decorative arrangement fireplace, the installation of an original floor lamp or the introduction of other items that will dilute the decor. Glass shelves and table top tables give lightness to the design. But this option is not suitable for families with small children..
AdviceIndoor niches are best used for arranging furniture. And don’t leave them empty.
Fireplace in the interior
The creation of the background of the living room and the choice of furniture are the main points of the formation of the interior. But without proper lighting, all the efforts taken may not have an effect..
Big massive chandelier – a spectacular addition to a spacious room, but not at all suitable for a limited living room area. Spotlights are a good option. This solution is not only practical, but also relevant in the light of fashionable trends in interior design..
Chandelier is a great addition to the design
Spot lighting can go along the edge of the ceiling, be located along the perimeter of multi-level structures, and illuminate the podium. The main purpose of lighting planning is to prevent unlit dark corners from forming..
Living room decoration style
The harmony of design can be achieved by combining all the elements in accordance with a certain style..
Most often preferable for a small living room minimalism. It is distinguished by its laconic forms, neatness and a limited number of pieces of furniture..
When everything is minimalist
Modern materials and a minimum of decor in a minimalist interior should be combined with neutral shades.. Preference can be given to simple shapes of pieces of furniture.
For provence characterized by a large space, an abundance of air and unity with nature. Ease of style can be difficult to organize in a small area, especially with low ceilings and insufficient natural light.
Such a room design may resemble a warehouse of things due to the limited space and the abundance of all kinds of accessories inherent in Provence. For a small living room, you need to try not to force the space with furniture and not use too many decorative elements..
Ease of Provence
In the design of the walls, it is better to give priority to the decorative plaster, light pastel colors typical of the French South and small floral prints on textile elements.
Aged furniture is one of the features of the Provencal direction in the design of the living room. The play of sun glare on surfaces is achieved by the competent use of light colors on the surfaces of antique (or artificially aged) furniture.
Provence requires the use of natural materials in interior design: from wall and ceiling decoration to accessories.
Naturalness of materials
A classic interior in a limited space is very difficult to recreate in full. Classics require solid solid furniture, the use of natural materials and noble shades.
In such an interior, there should not be a lot of decor. Antiques and things with history are well suited for decoration:
Original and timeless classics
A small area should be used sparingly, you need a little furniture:
- a pair of armchairs;
- Coffee table.
The organization of imitation of a fireplace is admissible. It is advisable to decorate the walls using wood or wallpaper of classic colors..
We add nobility with the help of expensive decor items
Modern fittings and high-tech chrome metal surfaces are complemented by electronics and bright finishes. Design in this style is most often preferred by young families and active people..
Low squat furniture of laconic forms in Japanese style is performed in light and dark natural shades. The decor should be in accordance with Japanese traditions:
- the image of hieroglyphs;
- traditional Japanese screens and other characteristic elements.
Saving space and its rational use should include the correct arrangement of each of the items:
- television it is better to hang on a free wall opposite the sofa;
- highlight the window with decoration, but without pomp;
- it is advisable to choose thin tulle, avoid heavy curtains;
- it is recommended to use Japanese curtains, roll;
- with a large amount of decor, the design of the walls should be neutral;
- it is better to select a flat aquarium.
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