I am drawn to all of the large oversized framed abstract canvases.
I know it’s more cost effective to buy a set of furniture as they tend to have better deals. However if you want to have a super interesting space, try to avoid sets. You can still have a cohesive look by keeping with the same design style or color scheme. You can also do a monochromatic palette and have slight variations of hues for the furniture. This living room above is fun even though the sofas are two completely different styles. They work because they bring out the burnt orange and ivory tones from the artwork and rug…
These half donut shaped sofas and chairs are a good pairing even though they are different…
The beige and camel sofas look wonderful together and really bring out the bronze and gold accents of the room. You have two different styles of seating with one armless and the other with armrests so they can appeal to all guests. You can always buy the same type of throw pillows to place on the different seating options as well to unify the look…
If you stick with a neutral sofa that can transition over time with different color schemes, maybe select a bold hue for the chairs. I actually like when there are two matching chairs in replace of a loveseat. Using the same color as the accent chairs, place a throw and pillows on the sofa to tie it all in…
I love the look of the matching chairs…
Consider using ottomans and benches for smaller scale conversation areas…
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I bought some canvases and acrylics and just knew it would be easy to create my own art. Newsflash: it’s not. Something that seems so diy easy and fluid is really a struggle. I have painted over my mistakes and will try to try again at another time. The thing is, abstract isn’t really a mistake. It’s not suppose to make sense or be perfect but I am having a hard time creating that right….look.
I want just the right colors, a hint of metallics and not necessarily LOOK like I done it myself. I can draw really well but painting isn’t up my alley. I’m going to give it another shot but let us admire some good abstract pieces in the mean time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They say art is best hung 5-9″ from the top of the headboard, sofa or console. I want to add that sometimes it’s best to eye it. You want the art to be eye level with an average height person and not hung too high. At the same time scale is key. If you have tall ceilings you want to ensure the art or mirror selected will actually fill the space. If you purchase a canvas abstract piece or mirror displayed horizontally, play with it and see how it will look vertically. Don’t shy away from buying in 3’s and if there is a print you like that is small, go to places like Michael’s to have a frame custom made with a large mat. Larger mats and frames can make any small print appear more grand. You can also add more art to create a gallery wall to fill up wall space.
Several times this week I tried blogging from my phone only for my wordpress app to have failures uploading. Usually it saves and I try again but this week none saved. I was too irritated to try reposting but I’m going to this time. Happy weekend!!!
I plan on catching some zzz’s. Not sleeping in but taking naps…
I plan on reading a ton…getting rid of magazines…
I plan on getting my dvr percentage down along with a diy project and plan on doing all activities from the couch. These living rooms both have cozy snuggly sofas that look perfect for lazy Saturdays. Do you prefer sofa lazy bumming or the bed? I feel bad staying in bed. I have to get dressed and get up even if I plan to stay inside…
I usually prefer weekends filled with fun stuff but soon I will spend mine in the Chicago area on a design project so better enjoy the home life while I can. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend with some relaxing squeezed in.
I like office desk chairs that aren’t typical desk chairs (that desk is beyond gorgeous). I found those Scandal inspired pencils on Effie’s Paper. Which set do you like?