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7 Ideas to Make the Most Out of Small Living Spaces

Thursday January 14th, 2021
Not everyone is blessed with a massive living room, especially if you live in a city where square footage is minimal. That doesn’t mean you can’t tailor your living spaces to make them feel larger than they really are. Read on for 7 tips on how to make the most of your small spaces.

1. Swap out a full size furniture for mini versions to keep your space functional while using less space. A traditional sofa can be replaced with a cozy 2-person snuggler couch. Trade in that massive coffee table with a bench that is perfect for propping up your feet or setting a glass on.

circular mirror with a black grid above a brown dresser in a neutral bedroom
2. It’s the oldest trick in the book, but it really does work. Adding a mirror to your space can instantly make the room feel much larger than it actually is. Keep it in the same color pallet as the rest of your room so it blends while bouncing light around.

3. Make design functional. It's all about making your space work for you. Blankets taking up too much space? Add a blanket ladder to your room for additional storage that doubles as a design piece.

cozy living room with grey couch and rug, brown pillows and bench, and a white sliding barn door
4. Reduce floor space with sliding barn doors. Sliding doors can be the perfect way to separate rooms without taking up as much floor space as a traditional hinge door. Just make sure you have the wall space. Oh, and refer back to tip #3. That's right. Barn doors double as decor.  

5. Paint your walls a lighter color. Our current favorite's are whites, blush pinks, pale blue/greys and dusky lilacs. Those shades will make any small living room feel fresh and inviting – cozy, and yet not closed in.

6. Invest in furniture that is multi-functional. If your living room or bedroom is on the smaller side, you’ll want to invest in furniture that serves multiple uses and solves several problems. A coffee table can have built in storage underneath so you can keep clutter out of sight and out of mind. Mirrors are functional for checking out your look before leaving the hoes, but they can also bounce natural light around and make your space feel bigger. Stools can have built in storage underneath for blankets and such.

clean living room with throw pillows on a cream couch and big black dog
7. Keep everything tidy. Smaller rooms can appear even smaller if not kept tidy. A great way to make your small room feel bigger is to make sure that odds and ends are put away and anything that doesn’t belong in the room doesn’t stay in the room. Think vertical - install floating shelves or bookcases to better organize items and knick knacks so that everything has a place.

Looking to work on #4 by adding a sliding barn door to your room to take up less space? Artisan Hardware has a wide variety of barn doors styles that can be customized to meet your size and color needs.
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