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From the Design Files of Heather B – Help! Small Living Room

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Design Question

Hi Heather, We have a small living room which contains a floor level gas fireplace with a TV nook on top of it. I recently painted a red feature wall and do not like it! I also hate the nook above the fireplace with our TV and all the junk that goes with it on top. I would be willing to move the TV and could do without the small white arm chair in order to accommodate the new TV location.

I like airy, light, white and grey spaces. I am open to doing wall paper and would like to accent the whites and grays with a color of some kind. I would also like to change the light fixture which is in the center of the room and is a simple white dome. In the future I would like to re-tile the fireplace and add some type of mantle as well. I have no idea how to bring style into this space and desperately need some help! Thanks you so much!

Design Answer

Thanks for sending the pictures. They really help me to visualize what’s going on in the room. It’s actually a great space the way the room is now: it has a focal point (TV/niche/fireplace wall), furniture is arranged in a balanced, thoughtful way and the color is warm and does make the living room welcoming and inviting. It’s just my personal preference of course, but I would have put the accent color only on the TV/niche/fireplace wall and painted the niche the neutral color (reverse of what it is now and no red on the window wall).

I can see why you would like to find a new location for the TV; I did wonder how comfortable it is to watch!

I do have some suggestions as to how you can bring some more style into this space:

a)     When choosing a paint color for the room it should match or complement something in the room. You could match the color to the couch, which is a very soothing neutral. It’s a little difficult for me to see exactly what shade of white it is; perhaps an antique white or egg shell, but not pure white. You could also choose a grey hue that will go with the darker shade of gray of the accent pillow on the sofa.

b)     For an accent color, you could take some inspiration from the fireplace which is a mix of warm and neutral colors: dark grey, brown with gray in it, light brown with black in it (not yellow), green.

c)     I would get a TV stand that matches your coffee table and put it where the plants and white arm chair are now.

d)     If you choose the fireplace wall as your accent color wall, I would paint the niche your main wall color (or vice versa). Then you can use the niche for some sort of display, a large print, a wall sculpture, etc.

e)     Definitely add a mantle; it will provide a visual divider between the niche and the fireplace.

f)       I love the clean lines of the furniture – I suggest you choose an overhead light in the same style – perhaps a semi-flush mounted fixture like Minka Lighting Ansmith 3 Light Semi Flush

Thanks for writing in. I hope this has been helpful. Let me know how it turns out.

Small Living Room Design Tips To Mazimize Your Space!

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Small Living Room Design TipsSmall Living Made Large!

Small living room design is no easy task. You want your living room to be the perfect place for spending lots of time, whether socializing, reading or relaxing in front of the television. But if your living room is not of the largest size, you may want some design inspiration to make the most of the limited space. There are many design techniques, from the color of the walls to the style of the coffee table, which can enhance your living room.

First of all, approach the project with a view in mind to keep it simple. You do not need lots of furniture for a small living room; in fact, this is one of the instances when less is more. There should be no clutter, as it will just make the space look smaller.  Therefore, storage space of some kind is essential.

Leather Storage Ottoman JadeOne good idea for easy stylish living room storage is the Jade Leather Storage Ottoman, designed by Coaster Furniture. Not only can it be used as a stowaway piece, but also as a footstool and coffee table. Ottomans take up little room, can be easily moved around and have a multitude of purposes.

If a coffee table is a must-have possession for your living room design, opt for one with a glass top. Reflective surfaces broaden the area’s appearance, which is why mirrors are also a smart choice. The reflecting light gives the illusion that your living room has a greater depth to it than it actually does.

On marble or wooden living room floors, put down a large rug. By breaking up the floor space in this way, the area will appear elongated. Rugs can be used to link colors in the room together. If the walls are pale blue and the furniture is brown, tie the two themes together with a blue and brown rug.

When choosing what shade the walls are going to be, really think about what your preference is. Different colors have varying effects on the atmosphere of the your living room and your own personal mood. Pale shades will make the room feel more spacious and airy, whereas deeper tones will create a cosy feel. Whatever color you do select, try and incorporate your furniture effectively.small white leather sofa & loveseat set

One of the hardest items to single out for a small living room is the sofa set. The initial factor to take into consideration is the size of this type of furniture. Try to buy small to medium size pieces that take up less room. A love seat would be a good example of this, such as Global Furniture USA’s 757 Series Sofa and Loveseat Set in White Leather. This sofa can be used well as part of a light colour scheme, generating a bright and modern appearance.

brown leather sectional sofaSectional sofas are also valuable in saving space. They provide all the seating you need, but through combining two sofas into one, the overall design is much more compact. Take the 729 Espresso Brown Leather Sectional Sofa by Global Furniture USA. The dark espresso brown leather would be very effective if teamed up with cream walls and metallic accessories, inspiring a more creative and luxurious area. The geometric design of this sofa is also beneficial in giving a minimalistic appearance.

There are endless design possibilities when it comes to interior design, no matter how small your living room is. For a small living room, consider mirrors, stowaway furniture and a large lamp to distract away from the limited space. A sleek leather sofa is ideal for giving a fresh, contemporary finish. But above all, focus on what colors and styles you like the most so you can create your perfect room.

Please send me some of your small living room design projects!  I would love to see them, how did you maximize your design ideas in your small living room?

Interior Design Diva Nicolette

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