Do you suffer from “living room envy?” This affliction is most-often experienced by people with small living rooms because they think their furniture options are too limited. Well, you no longer need to envy your friends and neighbors who have large, sprawling living rooms because there are plenty of furniture choices that will make the most of the space you do have in your living room.
Before you shop for living room furnishings, consider these three factors:
1. Furniture Style
When furnishing your living room, select furniture that’s sized appropriately for your space. Consider choosing contemporary-styled furniture because these pieces are often designed with a sleek style that includes clean lines and a more compact size. Contemporary sofas and love seats offer plenty of seating without causing overcrowding in your living room.
Your furniture doesn’t have to be big to have a big personality!
2. Visual Weight
The visual weight of your furniture is just as important as its actual size. Furniture with light visual weight allows the eye to roam freely, which also helps make the room look larger than it is.
For instance, sectionals with legs appear lighter than those with boxy designs that extend all the way to the floor. Your room feels more expansive when there’s an unobstructed view of the floor beneath your furniture. Just make sure you occasionally clean out the dust bunnies so your view of the floor actually stays unobstructed!
3. Color Palette
Neutral-colored furnishings help open up a small living room. If you’re usually put-off by the term “neutral colors” because you associate them with mundane colors, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. There are countless shades of neutral colors that are anything but boring, plus who’s to say you can’t jazz up your living room décor with a few brightly colored throw pillows?
To give your room even more depth, choose interesting upholstery textures. Different textures provide the room with plenty of personality, without interfering with your eye’s ability to roam freely across the neutral color palette of your furnishings.
When you consider the three factors: style, weight and color, you’re on the right track for choosing furniture that complements your space. Make your living room feel cozy, not small.
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