Many Americans are downsizing their homes due to the bad economy. This presents new design challenges to people who may not be used to living in small spaces. “Where am I going to put all my stuff?” is at the forefront of many people’s minds. Living room decorating for small spaces is all about making use of every nook and cranny of the home to make the most of the available square footage.
Determine a focal point and design the rest of the room around it. Depending on the home, this could be a fireplace, a large window with a view, or even the television. When you have a focus then you know where to place the furniture and accessories.
Consider creating a room within the room. If there is no other place in the home to create a workspace, then make a designated area in the living room to serve this purpose. Use a small rug to define the area, and use vertical space for storage. For example, hang floating shelves above a small desk and place boxes of paper, writing utensils, and other office supplies on them.
The lights set a room’s ambiance, so a living room should be relaxing and not too bright. If the room is large, don’t shy away from large lamps to make a bold style statement. On the other hand, don’t use something too big in a small living room. Always try to create a balance when decorating and keep things pleasing to the eye. Every room also needs storage, and this is one of the best ways to enhance the decor and highlight a decorative theme. Baskets and bins can easily be painted to match the room, and used to store anything from blankets to pillows to newspapers to DVDs.