In a small apartment, the living room interior must obey a number of rules in order to look spacious and stylish; if you look at the photo, you can make sure that it is not so difficult. Small rooms require light colors, the use of various design techniques and proper selection of furniture. What can be done in order not to clutter up a small-sized living room, to make it as spacious and comfortable as possible?
White furniture with bright decor make the small living room more spacious and airy.
Design features of a small living room
To make the interior of a small living room look cozy and advantageous, you need to perform several tasks:
- To select compact models of furniture and correctly arrange them in the hall;
- Arrange a decorative fireplace (if desired);
- Maximize the space and expand it.
If you combine a small living room with a kitchen, both rooms will benefit from it.
In a small room you should not put massive furniture, this applies not only to bulky armchairs and a sofa, but also large heavy cabinets. Folding models of sofas, open shelves, racks, corner cabinets or wardrobes fit much better into the interior, taking up less space. TV, so as not to put another cabinet for him, can be hung on one of the walls. Taking care of the expansion of the space and the most effective use of it in a small living room, you should follow a number of rules when interior design:
- Upholstered furniture should be as compact as possible, it is better to choose corner sofas, and replace chairs with small poufs with drawers under the seat;
- Use light or neutral background colors;
- Colored accessories like vases, rugs, curtains, pillows, bedspreads, paintings, figurines will help to revitalize the interior;
- In the choice of furniture, stick to minimalism, choose the simplest forms and facades;
- Use more glossy surfaces or mirrors;
- Do not choose wallpaper and textiles with a large pattern.
Noble green color of upholstered furniture will help to create an elegant interior.
Looks good glass furniture. Despite the fact that the tables made of glass and cabinets with glass doors or shelves take up as much space as furniture made from other materials, visually they seem easier. Clear glass creates a feeling of airiness and weightlessness of space, such a room will be lighter and more spacious in appearance. How will look a large amount of glass in the interior of a small living room, you can see in the photo below.
The interior of a small living room in the apartment with a plexiglas coffee table
Important! Glass furniture is not suitable for apartments where there are small children.
Modern interior styles
The selection of colors, materials and furniture design largely depends on the chosen style for the living room. Many modern styles are suitable for interior design of a small living room as in the photo below. So, what are the most popular design options?
The classic is divided into many subspecies, including elements from antiquity to the 19th century. Anyway, regardless of the chosen direction, there are general tendencies characteristic of most classical styles.
The classic interior in soothing colors always looks advantageous in the interior of a small living room.
In the interior decoration, it is customary to use expensive natural materials - wood, stone, velvet, silk, leather. For the base used soft light colors in beige and pastel colors. In the classical living room there is a lot of decor; often these are antique objects: ancient paintings in carved frames, porcelain figurines, candlesticks, watches, inlays with an ornamental stone (amber, malachite, agate, etc.).
Porcelain figurines in the interior of the living room in a classic style look great.
The furniture is massive and solid, often darker than the main finish. The interior of a small classic-style living room looks good with a fireplace. In a small room it is enough to create a corner with an imitation of a fireplace and a pair of chairs or a small sofa.
Any fireplace in the interior of the living room in a classic style looks cozy and elegant.
This style is the best suited for the design of small premises. For minimalism is characterized by the use of modern materials, a minimum of decor and furniture. It is based on neutral colors and simple shapes.
Minimalism is perfect for a small living room.
In the minimalist style often used modular furniture, corner sofas and cabinets, cabinets in niches. The facades of the cabinets are smooth or often glossy, this allows you to visually expand a small space. Plastic, metal, glass, MDF are used as materials for furniture.
The minimalism style makes any room spacious and fashionable.
One of the variants of minimalism is Japanese style. The furniture is mostly low and hidden from the eyes as much as possible. Of all the minimalist styles, Japanese is one of the brightest. Despite the fact that only natural colors are used, contrasting combinations of light and dark tones are allowed. Statues, fans on the walls, hieroglyphs, vases, artificial fountains are used as decoration. The interior of a small Japanese-style living room can be seen in the photo.
Interior of a small living room in a Japanese-style apartment
This direction of interior design also applies to minimalist styles. In contrast to the restrained minimalism with low-key colors and trim, in high-tech a lot of ultra-modern details. These are chrome-plated elements, modern electronics for show, an abundance of glass or metal, the presence of bright colors for decoration.
Cozy and beautiful style that will turn the living room into a country house in the south of France. At the heart of the interior is simplicity and ease. The range of shades used is wide, but does not go beyond the limits of natural colors. The walls are often finished with relief plaster, against which the furniture and decor looks more effective.
One of the distinguishing features of Provence is artificially aged furniture and surfaces. Small faded and sun-bleached colors create a unique atmosphere and the feeling that several generations of ancestors lived here before you.
The design prefers natural material, there is no plastic and chrome-plated parts. Metal elements are also aged. Wicker furniture, chests, antique crockery, ceramics fits well into the interior. Curtains or other textiles are made of cotton or linen, small floral pattern, soft peas or a cage is allowed. Design a small living room in the style of Provence can be viewed in the photo below.
In a small living room, the choice of color is very important. Light shades visually expand the space, while dark and rich colors make the room smaller.
Important! If the ceilings are very low, they can be visually lifted with the help of vertical stripes on the walls.
Different colors can be used for zoning space. In modern interiors, you can often find such a technique as painting one of the walls in a contrasting color. Most often, this is resorted to in a recreation area, highlighting a sofa or bed. The use of different colors in the design of the living room in a small apartment can be seen in the photo.
Selecting the range of colors, it is necessary to consider not only the size of the living room, but also the location of the windows. Cold shades (gray, turquoise, blue, mint, lilac) look good in southern rooms, as if they muffle the sunlight and bring a feeling of freshness on a hot day. Warm colors (peach, pink, orange, gold, etc.) are good in rooms with windows to the north, where there is always less sunlight.
The floor, walls and ceiling are the backdrop for furniture or decor. The overall perception of the interior of a small living room depends on the chosen colors and materials. Light and neutral shades are traditionally used to finish the surfaces of small spaces.
If the living room is not combined with the kitchen, it is acceptable to use any materials for finishing the floor. You can lay on the floor laminate, linoleum, parquet or carpet. You can decorate the floor with the help of carpets, however, it is worth remembering that the fleecy surface requires more thorough care.
With the help of different floor finishes you can zone the room. If the carpet allows you to select a recreation area, then with tiles you can select the kitchen area of the combined living room. The tile is easy to clean, not afraid of water, so great for the kitchen. In the kitchen-living room it is better to use materials that are non-capricious in everyday life, since cleaning in such rooms will have to be carried out much more often.
Wall decoration largely depends on the chosen style of interior. Rough plaster is good in various country styles, and for the classics it is better to choose wallpaper or wood panels for wall decoration.
Important! The more decor you plan, the more neutral the wall decoration should be.
With the help of different colors or ornaments you can easily divide the living room into zones. Photowall-paper on one of the walls will not only become a bright accent of the living room interior, but also allow you to clearly highlight a specific area. Variants of wall decoration in the interior of a small living room in the apartment can be seen in the photo below.
In small rooms should not use multi-level design and dark colors. The simpler and lighter the ceiling, the better. In modern interiors, glossy and matte stretch ceilings are popular, as well as suspended plasterboard structures. In such ceilings you can mount fixtures anywhere in the room. The light around the perimeter of the ceiling visually expands the space, further illuminating it.
What furniture to choose
Ergonomic furniture is suitable for a small living room in a modern style, combining several functions at once. This allows not to overload the room and effectively use the available space. Furniture built into niches is an excellent option for small living rooms. If the room is also planned to have a bedroom, you can choose a wardrobe-bed or a sofa bed.
The big soft sofa can replace folding chairs and padded stools. Space is saved by modular furniture, which, if necessary, can be divided or supplemented with new details. Modular sofas and walls fit well into minimalist interiors.
Saves space and corner furniture. Sofas and wardrobes at the same time do not lose their spaciousness, and in some cases even more convenient than classic models. The corner sofa in the interior of a small living room can be added with a small table and a fireplace or a TV.
The less light, the smaller the room seems. Therefore, in small living rooms lighting should be of very high quality. The abundance of light creates the effect of a more spacious room than it really is.
The main lighting device is a chandelier, it is often placed above the guest area. The remaining areas of the living room are illuminated by additional sources - lights, wall lamps, floor lamps and table lamps built into the ceiling and furniture.
To make the room have more natural light during the day, do not use too dense and dark fabrics. Translucent or transparent light curtains easily pass light. More compact alternative to curtains - blinds, allowing you to adjust the amount of light entering the living room.
Even if the living room can not boast of size, it is not a reason to decorate it with boring flowers. Knowing simple design techniques, almost any style or its elements can be entered into the interior of a small-sized living room. By connecting your own fantasy to the business, you can achieve a truly stunning effect.