Interior ideas for small living rooms and cosy living spaces

When you're working with a small space, it can often seem like a challenge to create the elegant or stylish look that you want.

With just a few tips and tricks, your small living space can be transformed into a cosy haven that all your guests will feel at home in.

Mirrors

Mirrors work wonders for small spaces. They add plenty of light to a room which is crucial for any space, large or small. For a living room, opt for a large mirror that doesn't take up more than one-quarter of the wall. Hang it ever so slightly higher than usual, as this will create the illusion of a higher ceiling.

Choose furniture wisely

The most important decision you make for a cosy living space is choosing the furniture. Opt for clever furniture that serves more than one purpose or works to save space. For example, choose coffee tables with drawers, beds with under-bed storage and extending dining tables. Choices like this will prevent you from having to clutter a room with too much furniture.

White is your best friend

Choosing dark colours will make a small space appear cramped. Lighter colours are easier on the eye and create the illusion of more space. Choose delicately decorated, light furniture that favours height over width. This beautiful white display cabinet is a perfect example.

Use shelves

Creating the illusion of more space works with furniture at a height, as well as on the floor.

Use shelves to take the eye upwards and further around the room. This will make the ceiling appear higher and it will free up the space around the entire room. This tall shelving unit ticks all the boxes. It is white and features a lot of shelves, which will draw the eye higher up.

A few more golden rules

How you decorate the walls and floor also plays one of the biggest roles when working with smaller spaces. Use light colours on the wall, with no heavy patterns. If you don't like white or cream, choose pastel versions of neutral or calming colours. Pastel green, pastel grey and the most delicate shades of blue will all work for your smaller space.

Finally, add textiles and layers with rugs and throws to add warmth to the light colours you have used around the room.

With these tips, decorating a small space is a challenge you'll be happy to take on!

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