The living room is such an important space in most homes. It is the place where you can let your hair down and relax while you watch TV, chat with friends and family, read a good book, or simply just sit with your thoughts, So, it is really important that it is neither too cluttered, or too claustrophobic.
If, however, your living room has started to feel like it’s closing in on you, there are a number of things you can do to save space and make the place work for you again…
1. Media Wall Fireplaces: Warmth Meets Space-Saving
Let’s set the scene – literally – with a media wall fireplace. These nifty inventions are like the Swiss Army knives of the living room. Not only do they provide a cosy, crackling fire (without losing space for a hearth), but they also come with built-in shelves and TV mounts. It’s like your wall just turned into an entertainment hub.
2. Multi-Purpose Furniture: The Transformers of Decor
Next up, invest in multi-purpose furniture. Think sofa beds, ottomans with storage, or coffee tables that magically turn into dining tables. It’s like your furniture just got a secret identity. Now, if only they could make beds that turn into home gyms, I’d be onto something.
3. Floating Shelves: Because Floors are Overrated
Why use floor space when you have perfectly good walls? Floating shelves are the answer to your prayers. They’re perfect for books, plants, or that weird knick-knack your aunt gave you that you’re not quite sure what to do with. Plus, they make your walls look like they’re doing something useful.
4. Mount Your TV: Free the Floor!
Mounting your TV on the wall is a game-changer. It frees up floor space and makes the room look sleek and modern. Plus, it reduces the risk of your TV becoming a cat perch. Trust me, Fluffy doesn’t need a front-row seat to Netflix.
5. Use Light Colours: The Illusionist’s Trick
Light colours on walls and floors can make a room feel bigger and brighter. It’s like an optical illusion that tricks your brain into thinking the space is more expansive than it is. Who knew decor could be so psychological?
6. Mirrors: Double Your Space (Sort of)
Mirrors are not just for checking your fabulous reflection; they’re also great for creating the illusion of more space. Position them strategically to reflect light and add depth to the room. It’s like having a magic portal on your wall.
7. Declutter: Less is More
This one’s tough, but necessary. Decluttering can dramatically change the feel of a room. It’s time to say goodbye to that pile of magazines from 2005 and the collection of remote controls (do you even know what they all do?). Embrace the mantra: less is more (except when it comes to chocolate).
8. Corner Units: Embrace the Awkward Spaces
Those awkward corners in your living room? They’re prime real estate. Corner units or L-shaped sofas can make the most of these spaces, providing storage or seating without eating into the centre of the room.
Space may be hard to come by for many of us, but in the living room, there is usually lots you can do to get some back!