If you want your living room to feel bigger, but don’t fancy forking out for the cost of an extension, it could be time to reconsider how you’re laying out your furniture.
According to interior specialists, ScS and interior designer Sylvia James from HomeHow, putting your sofa in the right spot and picking a colour scheme to compliment the room size can add the illusion of space and make the full room feel bigger than it actually is.
With this in mind, the two companies have partnered together to reveal the definitive guide to room layout and decor for a small living room.
How to layout furniture in a small living room:
Little spaces still need a lot of love, and if designed correctly, they can feel a lot bigger than they are. Use the space you have wisely, keeping the room clutter-free.
1.Choose the right sofa
Sofa size is of upmost importance in small spaces. Too big and it can make the room feel tiny; too small and there won’t be enough seating space.
Your sofa shouldn’t block any walking paths and avoid pushing all furnishings against the walls. Instead, position the furniture around a focal point in the room, such as a TV or fireplace, which will serve as the room’s centre of attention.
2. Go for neutral colours
Neutral colours should be used in smaller living areas, as they help create the illusion of space. What’s more, this is also a very hot trend at the minute so going for a neutral palette will mean you’re in vogue.
If you do like a pop of colour, bring this through with accessories such as lamps, picture frames, cushions and blankets. Just don’t go too heavy on these as you could overpower the space.
3. Get creative with storage and furniture
Finding creative storage solutions, like an ottoman to put books in, or a sofa with pull out draws, will help the room look less cluttered. You’ll end up having more space, whilst keeping it as a functional living area.
4. Experiment with mirrors and lighting
A great way to make a room feel more spacious is by increasing the flow of light, so bringing in mirrors to reflect natural light during the day is great for expanding a space. Place a mirror opposite the natural light source so that it’s projected back into the room.
Having ample lighting options is also great for maintaining the illusion when the sun sets. Tall, thin, free standing lamps and desk lamps won’t take up much space but will increase the amount of light in the room, thereby making it feel bigger.
For advice on how you can achieve the perfect layout for you’re larger or open plan living space, visit ScS here. ScS is one of the UK’s largest retailers of upholstered furniture and floorings, with 98 stores nationwide, nine distribution centres and more than 1,800 passionate employees. ScS offers a wide range of fabric and leather sofas, including third-party brands such as La-Z-Boy and G Plan. The Group also has one of the largest selections of carpets and floorings, along with an extensive range of dining and living room furniture.