The design and layout of the compact living rooms: the best ideas

The creation of the interior compact spaces is always associated with certain difficulties for the designer, but if to speak about living room where we spend a lot of time and often take guests, the lack of square meters may simply lead to a dead end. How to maintain a sense of freedom and spaciousness,…

The creation of the interior compact spaces is always associated with certain difficulties for the designer, but if to speak about living room where we spend a lot of time and often take guests, the lack of square meters may simply lead to a dead end.

How to maintain a sense of freedom and spaciousness, but at the same time to ensure the availability of additional seats? What furniture to choose and where to put it?

We have prepared for you a list of 15 ideas to create a harmonious design of a small living room and 10 specific variants of arrangement of furniture in it.

1. Mirrors and Wallpaper

Small living room can be like a box, especially if it has small Windows. It is necessary to determine the Central design element, to increase the illumination and to create a sense of depth.

All these problems can be solved quite easily, and was decorated with wall right Wallpaper and hang a mirror somewhere on top. Better if it will be directly opposite the window to reflect the surrounding landscape.

A nice sofa should be centered wallpapered walls, and on both sides of it to supply the appropriate style and size cabinets with table lamps.

Large wicker Ottoman straw can serve as a coffee table and additional seats, depending on the specific situation. If space allows, you can put one or two small chairs opposite the sofa. Seats from 2 to 4.


2. Hidden compartments for things

Please note furniture with various storage compartments that can help reduce the clutter in the room. A chest or Ottoman with drawers can serve as a coffee table, located in the center of the room.

Near the wall it is better to have a chest of drawers or a small cupboard, not high table, as in this photo.

3. Miniature furniture

Huge corner sofas and widely ramified armchair — inappropriate items for the living room. Maybe you will like something from the antique furniture to the middle of the last century or an earlier period, when the model apartments and homes did not differ too large.

The range of your searches should be limited to compact sofas, banquettes and chairs with narrow armrests.

Small sofa with elegant tables on either side located at the Bay Windows. Pair of armchairs Louis XVI are in front of him, the old couch on the left wall. The chest in the center replaces the coffee table. Seats — 6.


4. Top decor

If your living room is big enough with high ceilings, be sure to use this advantage. Let the vertical space cannot be filled with furniture, but expressive wall decor able to create the illusion of more volume than there really is.

The arrangement of the eclectic art gallery is just one of the design options.

5. Corners

It may sound counterintuitive, but if your living room is left unoccupied little corner of the large piece of furniture best suited to fill it.

Full-size sofa like what we see in the photo, has a variety of seats without dividing the room space into several parts.

Corner sofa with individual cushions and folding stools with leather seats form the ideal combination for friendly conversations in good company. If you want, here you can find a place for chairs without armrests. Seats 7 or 8.


6. Sofa

Sometimes a full-size sofa just nowhere to put. Then you will have to limit ourselves to a narrow sofa or an elegant couch for a suitable design. Give preference to simple models on legs, which will not look too heavy.

Neat sofa with a rounded back is in the center of the room directly in front of the TV. One chair and upholstered Ottoman where you can sit, too, complete living room group. Seats 3 or 4.


7. Couch

The best place for the sofa in the open plan lounge — in the center of the room and not the wall. But even a modest size model in this case can absorb the lion’s share of space.

Couch that is a sofa without a back, is a chic alternative to traditional options. She is comfortable to sit down with both sides, and this is very valuable in conditions of lack of space.

8. Plants

We already talked about the ability of reflective surfaces and Wallpapers can visually change the depth and fullness of space. Indoor plants can also affect these subjective parameters. The lush greenery smooths edges and creates the illusion of curves in those places where it is not.

Light couch in a modern style, is located in the center of the open-plan living room. Directly opposite her, at the Windows — a couple of chairs. Miniature table unusual design complements the eclectic feel of this combination. Seats — from 4 to 7.


9. Multifunctional furniture

In the situation of a small living room should include only the really good items. Please note on the model of poufs that can be used as coffee table or additional Seating.

Other options — mobile tables, convertible stools and other versatile pieces of furniture.

Simple sofa without armrests slightly separated from the wall. Two low footstools impressive size can be used for different purposes. Seats 2 or 4.


10. Built-in furniture

Instead of trying to shove in the corners of many different items (a bookshelf here, a chest there), select the whole wall under the arrangement of built-in storage system.

Racks height from floor to ceiling can hold anything from decorative elements to the TV. And even folding desks.

11. Folding chairs

In a really cramped living room, it is difficult to organize a sufficient number of seats. But you can purchase a few folding chairs and store them in closet or pantry (or even under the bed), and in the case of arrival of guests to draw them out.

Built-in storage system in the wall includes a niche for the TV, shelves and cabinets. A small sofa is in front of her. Low chair made of plywood rather unexpectedly looks in the interior, but does not split it apart. Seats — 3.


12. Non-traditional options

Small but very stylish living room decorated with an unusual couch with carved wooden frame.

Another window opening in the same living room is complemented by a full bench, colourful cushions. Miniature table and low round pouf form the extra area.

The couch is in front of the small sofa, and coffee table made of acrylic and Ottoman with upholstery made of artificial wool are placed between them. A window bench is located in another part of the room. Seats — 7.



13. Without sofa

And who said that he have to be? If very little space, try to put two or three small chairs around the coffee table.

Two different chairs with leather padding are set with low coffee table round shape, located in the center of the room.


14. The illusion of invisibility

Furniture made of acrylic, glass or plexiglass is ideal for the living room, because it conceals the visual volume. Please note on the coffee tables or cabinets with sloping edges, made of transparent materials.

15. Relaxation area by the fireplace

Put a couple of low seats without backs of benches or Ottomans — in front of the fireplace, to increase the number of places to stay without breaking the living space. Even better if they are equipped with hidden compartments for storage.

Two antique chairs fill the Bay space, and a narrow sofa with a low back is along the wall opposite the fireplace. Eclectic interior almost imperceptibly forms a coffee table made of plexiglass. Two soft Ottomans are on the other side of it, near the fireplace. Seats — 7.

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