There are many ways to decorate a small sitting room to make it seem bigger and brighter without sacrificing flair and comfort. But with all the ideas, it all boils down to your personal style and your needs.
Whatever theme you want, here are some creative ideas for styling a small sitting room to create a trendy, functional, and comfy vibe.
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- Pick a sofa proportionate to your sitting room.
If you have a tiny sitting room, you may want to do away with bulky and dominating furniture pieces. Instead, choose space-saving furniture items. For example, you can have a modular 2-seater sofa or a snug love seat that you can pair with ottomans, stools, or sofa benches. These are all stylish sofa pieces that occupy little space in your sitting room compared to other couches.
- Choose multifunctional furniture pieces.
Because you have limited space in your small living room, choosing multi-purpose furniture pieces is a brilliant idea. More than being space-savers, these items are cost-effective and equally trendy.
When you expect guests to be sleeping over from time to time, you can get a sofa bed instead of a regular couch. Nowadays, there are different varieties of sofa beds you can choose from – from the traditional pull-out sofa beds to the more modern click-clack types.
For additional seating, you can choose a storage ottoman over a regular bench. Not only can you accommodate more people, but you can also use it to store items like pillows and throws or even toys within your reach. You can also get stow-away furniture, where you can tuck seats under a center table when not in use. It’s a great space-saver and very functional, too.
- Light up your room.
A dark room can make your space seem dull and small. Brighten up using natural light and lighting fixtures to create an illusion of a more extensive and more vibrant sitting area. Use simple window treatment ideas like shutters or wooden blinds painted in white. You can also use sheer curtains that you can sweep away to let more light in. Avoid heavy, dark-colored, and black-out window curtains.
When it comes to artificial lighting, use fixtures that do not take up much space in your small sitting room. For instance, use recessed ceiling lights, especially on the dark corners of your room. You can also choose lighting that you can attach to walls or pendant lights that you can hang from above. These options are very trendy and more space-efficient than floor lamps and table lamps.
- Visually expand the feel of your room with mirrors.
Another way to create an illusion of a bigger space is to use mirrors. This has probably been one of the oldest tricks that always works. Mirrors reflect your interior, making it look bigger. They also cast back natural and artificial lights that brighten up your room and make it seem visually larger.
Mirrors are always trendy and never go out of style. Fantastic ideas include (1) placing a sizeable floor-to-ceiling mirror behind your sofa, (2) covering a whole wall with a mirror, (3) hanging a mirror on a wall facing the window or garden door, (4) and using mirrored cabinet doors and tabletops to create a spacious visual illusion.
- Decorate vertically.
Style your sitting room vertically if the space around you gets cramped up. For example, you can set up shelves that can go up towards the ceiling. This decorating style can help create an impact of a higher ceiling. Plus, you get to display your books, collections, plants, and other decorations.
- Create a seamless transition to the outdoors.
If you have an outdoor garden beside your sitting room, you can create a smooth transition between the two areas. Even if you have a tiny sitting room, you can always enjoy the extra and extended space, especially if you have guests.
A sliding door can help create this seamless connection along with furniture and decorations that harmonize both spaces.
- Take advantage of window seats.
Make use of the space by your bay window to create a window seat. A window seat can provide additional cozy seating for guests without taking up much space. It can also serve as a dainty reading nook where there is plenty of natural light pouring in. To make your furniture more functional, you can create storage underneath. In here, you can organize books, throw blankets, toys for your little ones, and other items you want to keep in your sitting room.
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Keep in mind these ideas when decorating a tiny sitting room to make it look bigger and brighter without dismissing comfort and style. Which one is your favorite idea?