A cozy evening, you just gathered to sit on the couch in front of the TV. You are looking for a control panel and, here's an ill luck, stumble on a cumbersome coffee table and already face to face with your beloved rug. That would have more room in this living room! ..
Do you know? And you are not alone. Even the lucky ones, who have more spacious halls, often complain that they do not have enough space for entertainment, imposing reclining on the couch, a general family holiday.
Let's sum up: if remodeling is not foreseen, we must optimally use what we have. And there's no better way to do this, how to rethink the design selection strategy!
If you live in a big city, most likely you are the owner of a condo or apartment that is not as large as you would like. Or maybe you have a large family, and the living room turns into the center of events.
Do not worry! By equipping your house with the "right" furniture, you can create the illusion of a large space. Not to mention that you, dear readers of Small Interiors, will have a place for free movement around the room.
Choosing compact furniture
Let's start with the obvious. If you have a small room do not make it bulky furniture.
Choose household items on one side small enough to fit into your room, but on the other hand large enough to fulfill your role. For example, Cielo Shadow Loveseat from CB2 is ideal for a compact room:
And here's another great copy: the Flex Flex Sleeper sofa also from the CB2. This bright and cute sofa is laid out, and accordingly your guests will be where to settle for the night.
Narrow living space requires appropriate pieces of furniture. If your living room is longer than wide, get something long and narrow. Such as this is a combination of a sofa, a newspaper table and a shelf-console (Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture)
Buy modular furniture
Another great solution for arranging a small space is the use of modular furniture. Look at the Lotus Natural Sectional Pieces (CB2), its shape and configuration can be changed depending on the need.
One of the most popular variants of the modular ensemble is a composite table. You want one long table - combine its two components, you need free space in the center of the room - place them on the corners or on either side of the sofa. (Home Glamor Now)
A great option - to buy small tables, easily transformed into stools. With such an abundance of stools, you just have enough space for each guest. (Stephanie Wiley Photography)
Let each element be significant
When it comes to lack of space, it is important to give each element of design functionality. Note that for very compact rooms one must adhere to the idea "the less furniture, the better". They will acquire charm and comfort through carefully selected exhibits.
This can be seen by looking at the design of the room below. All: a bright sofa, a striped bowl, an original vase, - gives the room a consciousness of artistic taste. (Roger Hirsch Architect)
A similar note of "a little, but cozy" is also here. A curved lamp, a sectional sofa and a square coffee table add balance to the decoration of the room. These things, though rather majestic, do not cause a sense of lack of space. (Mark Newman Design)
Look at another option for using a sectional sofa and a square coffee table. Add to the composition of a large flower and you are provided with the elegance of the lobby. And these textured walls? Sleek and unusual. (Ocean Gecko Designs and Marine Services)
Below we see a living room that seduces the elegance of antiquity: wicker chairs, round brass table, lush greenery. Each thing is chosen with care, as evidenced by a selection of textures, bright color scales, the intricacies of decorative details. (Cheryl Burke Interior Design)
In the quality of the final copy to the section "each element is significant," we represent Julius Grass Storage Ottoman from CB2. If there are not enough places, why not choose furniture that will be multifunctional?
Ottoman will give a lot: extra storage space, rest for your feet, extra seating for guests.
Combine the glass and acrylic
Now it's time to showcase the most popular design secrets: the illusion of extra space created by transparent furniture.
Transparent things seem to dissolve in the space of the room. At the same time, acrylic details bring chic, creating a modern shade, and sometimes even a real glamor. (Dawna Jones Design)
Using transparent elements in the interior, we should not confine ourselves to products made of Plexiglas. Try to make elements from real glass such as this glass table, shown below. Transparent detail seems to float in space and takes up less space. (Cary Bernstein Architect)
Another important rule: a shiny + reflecting = an increase in space. Look at this room. Thanks to the brilliant details and mirror surfaces, it's hard to imagine that the room is small. Brilliantly! (Design Studio B)
Now more and more acrylic furniture appears on the market, it's all kinds of consoles, tables, bookshelves and much more. How do you like, for example, is this Peekaboo Clear Media console? It is transparent and practical. Compact and perfect.
Creative solution of the issue of storing things
Of course, you will not use your room as a warehouse, but do not twist it, you'll have to place some things here. Things like DVDs, magazines, books, collectables require space.
Few owners are content in the room only with furniture and several vases. It's good that manufacturers such as West Elm create furniture for our convenience that helps us to solve similar problems. (Industrial Metal TV Cart)
For a more sophisticated style, let's take, for example, Rustic Storage Tables also from West Elm. Deep boxes provide a secluded place for things, and they themselves are practically hidden from the curious sight.
Do not underestimate the power of the hanging shelves. Do you like this invisible bookshelf from Urban Outfitters? It is covered with a special coating and is hidden from view.
If you do not like that small items were placed here and there, decorate your room with an original shelf, hoist on it no less unique ornaments. (Urban Outfitters)
Creating your room, following the above design tricks, you can transform the small space of the room. It is likely that you simply do not have enough space to simultaneously decorate it with all the wonderful things that you possess.
In this case, buy yourself a few plastic containers and pack excess. From time to time you can change places hidden and exposed.
Finally I would like to remind you that sometimes, the less, the better. Maybe it's time to get rid of awkward, not useful, old and broken things?