Top 12 Tips on How to Re-Decorate Small Living Rooms in the Tuscaloosa & Birmingham Area

We spend a lot of time in our living rooms, often relaxing, watching television or entertaining guests. While it’s nice to make the room as spacious as possible, the act of re-decorating smaller living rooms in Tuscaloosa & Birmingham can be tricky.

How do you strike a balance between making the room feel spacious, while also having extra seating and furniture that completes the look? Consider the following 12 tips on how to re-decorate small living rooms.

What to do first?

Before you start re-decorating your living room, determine the essential pieces of furniture you must include in your design and develop a plan. Before you move any furniture, you have to de-clutter and remove pieces that you don’t want to include in your living room’s new design.

Top 12 Tips on How to Re-Decorate Small Living Rooms in the Tuscaloosa & Birmingham Area

  1. Use Mirrors and Wallpaper
  • Create a focal point, boost light and add depth all at once by using wall paper and hanging a mirror on top. Position the mirror across from a window to reflect the view outside, giving the impression of an extra window.

Tip: In the Tuscaloosa & Birmingham area, the focal point isn’t necessarily the center of the room. It’s usually where the coffee table is and you can easily change it according to your desires.

  1. Use Multi-functional Furniture
  • Pick furniture with built-in storage to limit clutter. Think of using trunks or a storage ottoman that serve as both a coffee table and extra seating. Nesting side tables that can be moved around as needed and versatile little stools can act as seats or tables as well. Along the perimeter of the room, try a small chest of drawers or a small credenza instead of a console table to boost storage options.

Tip: Just because you have a sofa doesn’t mean you have to have a standard coffee table. Use ottomans or stools that move out of the way when you need the space.

  1. Choose Small-Scale Furniture
  • In some small living rooms, a full-size sofa just won’t do. Try a slimmed-down love seat or a petite sofa on for size instead. Antiques shops in the Tuscaloosa & Birmingham are a great place to look for small-scale furniture, because the average room size was typically quite small until the last half century or so.

Tip: Make sure the furniture you choose for your small living room is appropriate for the space. Avoid sofas with skirts and go for furniture raised off of the floor. Choose one with clean lines and exposed legs for the airiest look.

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  1. Look Up
  • If your small living room is blessed with high ceilings, take full advantage of that. Over sized wall art also expands the room and a tall lamp that draws your eye up adds height 0to the room, making a small living room feel larger and giving it personality.

Tip: While vertical space doesn’t help with squeezing in an extra seat, drawing the eye upward does help give the impression that your living room is far larger than it would otherwise seem.

  1. Fill a Corner
  • It’s a bit counter-intuitive, but sometimes going with the largest piece of furniture possible can actually make it feel bigger. Why? A generously-sized sectional is comfortable and able to seat tons of people but because it reads as just one piece, it helps the room feel uncluttered.

Tip: Think about traffic flow when you arrange furniture, consider pulling your sofa away from the wall which gives you a space to add a console table that offers open storage and a place for displaying your favorite collectibles.

  1. Try a Backless Sofa
  • In an open-plan space, sometimes the best position for the sofa is not on the wall but in the middle of the room. But unless your sofa is quite small a couch in the middle of a small room can really gobble up space. A backless sofa is a very chic alternative and can be used from both sides — quite a bonus when seating options are limited.

Tip: You can group sofas and chairs together to make interaction easier. Usually, the coffee table or side table should be placed in the room at the very end. When you do that, make sure it doesn’t block the traffic and that everyone can sit comfortably without having to change their position because of the angle or shape of your table.

  1. Add Plants
  • Plants are a wonderful way to add depth to a small living room. Lush greenery softens corners and fools the eye into thinking there is more to the room than there really is. Plants are especially effective in corners and beside or behind chairs and sofas.

Tip: Lighting is also really important. A small living room can seem even smaller if it’s dark and gloomy. To make it bright, use the room’s large windows or if there are none, you can also work with wall and ceiling colors to get the desired feeling.

  1. Keep a Stash of Spare Seats
  • In a truly small space, it may not be possible to have as many seating options as you would like. One way to get around this is by storing a few folding café chairs or stacking stools in a closet where you can easily pull them out when guests are coming.

Tip: Balance is important so you need to get the size right for everything. Small living rooms can’t usually hold large pieces of furniture. However, a large sofa can be a good addition to the space as long as the rest of the pieces don’t overwhelm the room.

  1. Try the Sofa-and-Armchair Routine
  • Arrange all essential pieces of furniture starting with the largest one – in the Tuscaloosa & Birmingham area, it is usually the sofa. Then build your design around that piece. The armchairs can go on the opposite side and in between you can place a coffee table. Or maybe you prefer to place all the seats on one side so everyone can see the TV.

Tip: When arranging the furniture, think of how it will impact the décor and what the relationship will be with the other pieces. For example, if you place a sofa on one side of the room, you can put two armchairs across from it to establish balance.

  1. Try an “Invisible” Piece
  • Acrylic, Lucite and glass are wonderful materials to use in small living rooms in the Tuscaloosa & Birmingham area, because they take up zero visual space. Try a coffee table or nesting side tables with a waterfall edge in one of these clear materials.

Tip: Try going for a space-saving flat-screen TV or a laptop that hides out of the way instead of a stationary desktop computer.

  1. Arrange All Seating Units Facing a Focal Point
  • A focal point can be pretty much anything. It can be a bookcase, a fireplace, a TV, or a painting; highlight it by placing the seating units directly in front of it. This way, those sitting there can admire whatever it is you’ve chosen to highlight. A pair of cute, low seats can actually make the fireplace area look more inviting and if they come with concealed storage, it’s much better.

Having a small living room is not a nightmare. In fact, some say that a smaller living room will feel a lot more inviting and comfortable than a larger one. So, for those who has a small living area, you are lucky. But you still have to deal with one tiny problem; arranging all the furniture in this small living room.

The tips we listed above can make small living rooms in the Tuscaloosa & Birmingham area spacious, attractive and user-friendly. Aside from utilizing your small space, redecorating your living room properly will reveal the living room’s strengths and bring out its style. When you take the time to consider your storage needs and daily lifestyle, you can create a small but smart living room that increases the enjoyment of your home.

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Derrick Seay
Derrick Seay