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.

Eastside NY townhouse with beautiful molding and details…

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The hardwood floors and molding is what stands out for me in this gorgeous space.  The lighting selected, lacquered painted walls and calming color palette makes it very inviting…

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The pattern at the edge of the wooden floors are some of the design elements that makes the spaces pop. This arched entry and ornate details gives the townhome character….

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Lovely runner on the stairs….

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See more of this space designed by Blair Harris here.

{Photography: Nick Johnson, Source: Blair Harris Interior Design}

Tiny Tot Thursday: end of summer backyard cinema party

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Can you believe it’s back to school season? Crazy right. I can’t believe how fast the summer is going. Next week is my Arizona trip and though I am very excited, I’m also sad. Soon the weather will turn crisp so we have to enjoy the last few weeks of the season. Why not celebrate with a backyard movie party. This is a great way to let the kids get that last late night hang out with friends before school starts. It works too for teens, college aged adults or even grown ups. Here are some ideas to inspire you…

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If you want to stick with a budget friendly option, use a white sheet…

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No movie is complete without popcorn stations. Have an assortment of gourmet flavors or simply have different salts and seasonings so moviegoers can create their own…

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Lastly, you want to create the most relaxing seating arrangement so everyone has a good view. Create a “floor” level using picnic blankets then elevate some on wooden palettes. Comfy pillows, cushions, and blankets are a must. Also think about string lights, lanterns and tiki torches so everyone can see.

{Images styke me pretty, 100 layer cake}

Tuesday’s Tips: renting a room? Keep it neutral…

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I’m baaack. I needed that week off from blogging. Anwyay I like to browse airbnb.com and look at homes you can rent and I’m always amazed at the design styles of people. Personally, if I were using a room or a home as a rental, I would keep it as neutral as possible and try to take cues from hotels. Maybe it’s the designer in me but I’ve come across way too many homes with dark busy bedding which would make me think of dirt. I even prefer hotels that at least have all white sheets. Dark and busy patterns is a way to hide dirt and spots. I think it doesn’t mean you have to be boring just stick with lighter shades and light patterns or maybe add some funky pillows to the mix. I simply think the less taste specific, the better in guest or rental rooms.

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{Last image via Summer House Style}

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…

Don’t forget you have a few more days to leave a comment and let me know what you would order at Fleming’s Steakhouse for a chance to win a $100 gift card. I have the gift card at home and will pick a winner Friday August 1st. Enter here.

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


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