Tiny Apartment: 5 Ways to Maximize your Living Room Space

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Nothing feels better than crawling on top of your well-made bed or sofa after a relaxing shower. Ah! That good vibes from the cleanliness of your skin touching the softness of your comfort place! It’s a sure way to a heavenly rest whether you are set to sleep or watch the latest television program. But no matter what you want to do for relaxation, your living room is one of the top choices for you, right? Aside from binge-eating and movie-watching, you can also sing songs, strum your guitar, do some artworks, and a whole lot more.

But what if your apartment is so tiny that the idea of living room seems confusing for you? Like how do people expect you to set up a relaxing living room inside a studio-type apartment?

Worry not. You can do it, buddy! Here are some tips for you.

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Let the Light Shine

Did you know that lack of adequate light can affect your mood? As crazy as it may seem, but it is true. So wake-up with a smile on your face by opening your curtains and letting the sun shine inside your tiny apartment. Letting the light in will also make your small space look larger, cleaner and more welcoming.

You can try creative lighting effects if your place lacks adequate natural light. But if you have access to it, open your windows. In fact, the larger windows you have, the better lighting you’ll get. Here’s the magic behind: opening your windows will instantly connect the room with the outdoors, no longer limiting your space.
 

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Go for Switch-Hit

Invest in flexible furnishings by choosing elements that switch-hit. Go for table which can also function as a desk or a dining table. Daybeds or deep sofas are great multifunction space savers too if they can double as beds. You can opt for pieces that can be rearranged to save space like folding chairs, collapsible tables and hanging organizers.

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Trick your Eye

You can trick your eyes into seeing a tiny living room as a big one using decorations such as mirror to create a vista, bring light into dark spaces, and create faux doorways or windows, all of which make a room seem bigger.

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Another good option is from floor-to-ceiling curtains that make your room appear taller. Pick a glass table, too because glass furniture seem to disappear and give you more space.

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Be a Minimalist

Remember, you have a small space so don’t cram everything in it. No matter how elegant looking that six-seater couch is. If you want to have a good-looking, spacious living room in a limited space, go for sleek and lean furniture.

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Play with Colors

Looking for a color palette that won’t make your room cluttered? This tandem of cream colors and icy blues can convert a tiny interior into a seemingly bigger living area. The fact is light colors make a room look bigger and brighter while light and brightly colored walls make a space feel open and airy.

Rather than giving your living room dramatic contrasts, blend the colors in your furniture, flooring and wall covering. Solids with small- and medium-sized prints will also work well for your living room. If you’re into bright colors, accent pillows and a decorative throw in the living room can also satisfy you.

A tiny apartment seems really a challenge in the beginning especially with those big mattresses and couches. But if you know how to navigate your way pass this limited space, you’ll realize that size doesn’t matter at all. The concept of small, after all, depends on a person’s view.

 
Author Bio:

Reema Marquez is a professional writer based in Manila, Philippines. A student of Interior Design, she loves to eat ice cream and watch basketball games. Follow her on twitter.

Wedding Ceremony Backdrops…

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A pretty backdrop for the exchange of rings and vows sets the tone for the rest of the wedding festivities. How beautiful are these venue designs? It’s always amazing how event planners can coordinate ideas with florist and photographers, linen rental companies and stylists to create memorable moments for a bride and groom. If you had to pick, which one would you prefer: chiffon flowing ceiling fabric in a barn…

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Potted topiaries and chandeliers to complete an architectural backdrop…

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A canopy of orchids…

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Crystals from branches and candles along the aisle…

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A little greenery foilage and a flood of natural light…

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Or a single lone chandelier and sail for a woodsy ceremony…

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{Images via Sarah Maven, KT Merry Photography, AJ Dunlap Photography, Brad Austin Photography, Docuvitae Photography, Style me Pretty, & Rachel Aclingen}


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Girly and industrial all at the same time…

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How I long to have an exposed brick wall…

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A loft with black steel windowsills….

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I like this sofa for you can sit in two directions and carry conversations with people on opposite sides of the room. It’s a great piece for one who entertains….

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See more of this space on Caitlin & Caitlin and also be sure to leave a comment on this post telling me what you wpuld order if you won the $100 gift card in my giveaway.

In honor of National Hammock Day…

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I figured we can all daydream a bit about soaking some rays, catching some zzz’s or reads in hammocks whether indoors or out….

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I like the hammocks with the side fringe. It’s very bohemian…

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This just looks so relaxing and tranquil….

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A small pond and a fountain will add to a zen outdoor oasis….

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With rustic bones and hardened materials, the plush rug and hammock softens the space…

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Just a blush, black & gray collage…

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I made a collage using a blush, gray, black & white color scheme and mixed different styles for seating. Adding a throw of sorts to any caged seating makes it more comfortable and withstanding the use of sofa or dining sets adds interest. Try swapping out the head chairs of a formal dining area or adding a bench to one side of the table. Mixing tables or lamps can also keep a space eclectic. The goal in design is to make a space feel collected over time and not bought in one store.

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Tiny Tot Thursday: striped walls and ceilings

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I really like the school desks painted in a hip and modern way. Fun pattern and colors will keep children engaged in homework and learning…

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A cute tween room with a grown up feel. Using adult headboards and lighting will make it easier to transition as she grows older. It’ll also prove cheaper for the parent as they won’t have to buy new furniture every few years….
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I like the way the circus canopy striped ceiling….
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Tuesday’s Tips: pedestal sink storage

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Pedestal sinks are nice in small bathrooms because it frees up floor space and doesn’t have the bulk of a cabinet. However you lose needed storage so this post has a few ideas to help make the lack of surface space more functional. You can hang a glass floating shelf for daily needs…

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You can squeeze a shelving unit in the space…
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You can hide baskets or unsightly items behind a skirt…

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A home and blog with nothing but black and white…

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Color schemes. Well for the most part at least. When I first came across Stylizimo Blog, I literally went page by page in the archives. It’s just that good. I like the poster size art which I’m slowly incorporating in my own home. I like them for the large scale and you can find inexpensive prints at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby…

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Pretty kitchen styling…

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See more shoe storage ideas here..

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Tuesday’s Tips: white kitchen problems…

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I like this little kitchen but here’s what I would do to give it more life: if I didn’t want to paint the walls or if this was a rental where painting wasn’t allowed, I would use adhesive temporary wallpaper in a dark color like black where the built-ins are so that the white and clear dishware contrasts. I like the start of adding a bold graphic rug, and I would carry that into any towels. Even setting a hand towel on the counter under a decorative chopping board could help in adding color to a white space. I would also use black blinds or have some sort of a valance to tie it all together. I would add a clear vase on the shelf with black sand from a craft store and put some green faux suscselents in it. Adding greenery and plants liven any home or area. If I wanted more color, I would swap out some of the gadgets and buy a bold tea kettle, or paint the wood handles on the knives. Using colorful jars to store utensils like spatulas or dishbrushes can bring the color you need. Lastly there appears to be enough wall space to add a small colorful framed print.

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