Have you ever taken a look at a minimalist’s living room and thought, “I’d love to live in a space like that!” If so, you’re not alone. Modern living rooms are one of the most popular styles among today’s consumers. If you want to give your living room a modern makeover, here are a few tips to get you started.
Let the Sun Shine In
The more natural light the better, it gives the feeling of being airy and bring despite their size. Consider sheer curtains and blinds, this way the light can shine in while the blinds give some modicum of privacy. Mirrors and other shiny accessories reflect natural light, which lighten and brightens the space making it feel larger.
Keep the Clutter Factor Low
Empty the room, and bring your furniture in piece by piece when you have an arrangement that you like STOP. Everything else needs to be re-homed. If your sofa is too big try a loveseat instead.
Paint Wall Trimmings a Lighter Color Than Your Walls
Light colored trim makes the wall behind it recede, appearing further away from the onlooker.
Paint the Ceiling
Whether you choose to use light or dark colors, painting the ceiling the same color as the walls – or even one shade lighter – creates a curved effect, giving the room an airy feeling.
Make a Big Entrance
In a small apartment, use a bold color near the entrance. This will separate and define your space and creates a wow factor upon entry. Consider painting an accent wall, which provides the illusion of depth.
Get Hooked Up
For any small space, a hook can be a multipurpose place to hang everyday items like a bag but can also be used for more long term items jackets, hats, coats. Hooks can be plastic, brass, large or small contingent upon their usage.
Display & Storage
A bookshelf can pull double duty; first as a display cabinet and second as a storage unit, using colored cloth baskets and boxes. Maximize forgotten space, and use the space you have generously.
Use Furniture as a Divider
Clearly divide areas in small spaces using your furniture. For example, use your couch to create two sections in a great room. Or, use a bookshelf to divide up a large loft.
Maintain Blank Surfaces
Counter space fills up fast in a small space, so maximize vertical areas wherever you can. Try sconces, recessed, or shelf lighting instead of lamps that sit on the floor taking up valuable space, or that need a table. Go vertical and add shelves where you can, you’ll be surprised at how much extra space you do have.
Have you given your living room a make over recently? Tell us about it in the comments below!