Make the Most of a Small Living Room
Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 12:50
We loved this from AD and thought our viewers would too - great advise!
Step one: Treat the tiny space as a fun creative challenge
A living room is often the hub of a house, but when it’s cramped and narrow, choosing and arranging furniture can feel like an impossible math problem. It’s a conundrum that New York interior designer Christina Murphy encounters all too often in her work with city-dwelling clients. As with any space, though, she approaches a small living room strategically: “Assessing the room’s assets and making those the focal point as much as possible is the best way to make the room appealing,” she says. If it’s got great light, play that up with lighter colors to create a sense of expansiveness; if it has a stunning fireplace, draw attention to it. From there, she offers these pro tips for maximizing your space.
In a narrow living room, every piece of furniture matters. Choose leaner tables and wall sconces to save much-needed floor space. For seating, tight-back sofas and club chairs are your friends, says Murphy: “They can be a lot less deep than loose-back options while still being just as comfortable.” The small scale of these yellow chairs, for example, allows for extra seating flanking the fireplace.
Limited space challenges you to think beyond seating conventions. “I love built-in banquettes since they’re efficient, maximizing space and conversation areas,” says Murphy. If the room is narrow but also long, she recommends placing sofas back to back to allow for two seating areas.
Trick the eyes
“Having several different lighting sources at different heights will draw your eye to different areas of the room, making it feel bigger and more interesting,” says Murphy. She also recommends adding a larger attention-getter to balance scale, such as a piece of art or built-in bookshelves, like those shown here.