22 Tips to Make Your Tiny Living Room Feel Bigger
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22 Tips to Make Your Tiny Living Room Feel Bigger

At long last, you’ve found your dream apartment, but there’s a (tiny) twist: It’s a bit on the small side. We’ve already established that tiny homes can be totally glam, so there’s no need to worry — less is more in the small space movement. When your tiny apartment is less than 500 or — gasp! — 300 square feet, just follow our small space living series, where we take on the design challenges of a tiny apartment from room to room. This week we’re kicking off the series with our favorite lounging area: the living room. Read on for our space-saving tips below and be sure to check back next week for part two of our series!

1. Go Higher: If your apartment doesn’t come with any pre-existing shelves or you want to avoid clutter, an alternative is to add shelving above doorways — a part of your walls that’s often ignored, but makes a great spot for storage that’s not in your face. (via House Beautiful)

2. Love It or Lucite: Use clear lucite, acrylic or plexiglass coffee and side tables to create the illusion of more space. Plus, they’re light and easy to move around. (via OMG Lifestyle Blog)

3. Shelf Life: New York and San Francisco renters in particular have lots of unused wall space. Take advantage of the walls of your apartment and add a mounted bookshelf to small wall areas. (via Paper Blog)

4. Get Low: Stick to low furniture. Short coffee tables like the one above create the look and feel of higher ceilings. (via West Elm)

5. Legs for Days: Instead of bulky couches, chairs and tables, opt for leggy mid-century furniture. The thin legs take up less visual space, so you’ll have plenty room for more decor pieces. (via SF Girl by Bay)

6. Mirror, Mirror: Use framed mirrors as wall art. They create visual interest while creating the illusion of more space. (via Milk Decoration)

7. About Facing Outward: With a small apartment, you don’t want you or your guests to face a wall, since it could feel a little claustrophobic. Face the couch toward the window or entryway so you’re always facing out. (via Fashion Squad)

8. Mini Office: No office? No problem. Use a wall-mounted desk to add a small work space to your living room. (via Chic Sprinkles)

9. Curtain Call: Place curtain rods just below the ceiling. By doing so, you’ll make the room look taller. (via Suzy Hoodless)

10. Tuck It In: Tuck stools underneath the console table or coffee table to save extra space. (via My Domaine)

11. Secret Storage: Get furniture with hidden storage, like ottomans, benches or this coffee table ($549) from West Elm. (via West Elm)

12. Double Duty Trunk: A storage trunk doubles as a coffee table, plus it adds style with an old-world look. (via Advice from a Twenty Something)

13. Invisible Shelves: Decorate, organize and de-clutter the room with floating invisible shelves. Bonus if you decorate an odd corner of the room! (via A Beautiful Mess)

14. Less Is More: An armless couch gives you way more space to stretch out and can double as a daybed. (via Design Mag)

15. Bud Up: Decorate with potted plants and hanging plants to bring life to your living room. (via Design Sponge)

16. Around the Corner: Work with your living room constraints, not against. If there’s an odd corner, buy furniture that works with the space. Corner couches are cozy and take up less room in tiny living room spaces. (via Room Decor Ideas)

17. Good as New: Vintage school desks are easy to find and could be used as a small office or hobby desk for your living room. (via Apartment Therapy)

18. Under the Table: If you have an unsightly radiator (AKA, you live in a NYC apartment), get a table or shelf that fits over it so you can use the space for plants or books. (via Apartment Therapy)

19. On the Windowsill: Use our windowsill as a side table for putting small decor items. (via Decor8Blog)

20. Feeling Cozy: Soft textures of throws, billowy stools and fluffy Moroccan rugs will make any person want to hang out and cozy up in your living room, no matter how big or small it is. (via POPSUGAR)

21. Go Bold: While there may be design constraints, there aren’t any strict rules when it comes to the color choices of your small space. If your living room has white walls, opt for a bright colored sofa to contrast and liven up the space. (via My Domaine)

22. Get as Bright as Can Be: If your living room doesn’t have enough natural light or you want to create a livelier visual space, choose bright and printed rugs that pop and add pattern to your living room. (via Style Me Pretty)

Does your living room have small-space syndrome? Share your space-saving tips with us below!