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10 Interior Design Ideas for Small Living Rooms


In Singapore, having a small living room is not unusual. In fact, with the rise of these shoe box flats, there is also a demand in interior designers that specialise in small spaces. Here are ten of the most common tricks to maximise your living room space.

  • In interior design, simplicity matters.Choose simple furniture with clean lines and light colours. Look for pieces that are light on the eyes. Furniture that occupy less visual weight and legs give you an unhindered view of the floor. Reflective, shiny surfaces and glass are some of the oldest tricks in the book.
  • A light colour scheme gives the impression of a large space. Bright, light colours make a room seem bigger. In fact, most cool colours give a living room the impression of a larger space – other than making the room seem clean and tidy, that is.
  • Use mirrors to reflect light in a room. In interior design, mirrors and their placement play a vital role. Mirrors function best when they reflect light and space. Don’t use mirrors as partitions as they will seemingly decrease space.
  • Vertical lines make anything seem higher. Encourage your eyes to move upward by using tall, slim furniture or full length draperies.
  • Small furniture, small room. Use small scale furniture for small living rooms. Most interior designers would suggest sleek, modern furniture designs.
  • Use furniture with many uses. With limited space, you have to be resourceful and creative at the same time. Use dual-purpose furniture such as coffee tables that double as storage spaces.
  • Store in storage. Storage is important. It arranges your items in a clean, tasteful way while leaving you with lots of extra space.
  • Harmony, harmony. As much as possible, make sure that the colours of your furniture do not clash with the wall. Make sure they blend well together without having one stick out like a sore thumb.
  • De-clutter your living space. Storage is key to de-cluttering.
  • Lighting. In interior design, one of the things you should give attention to is the lighting. A neutral, airy lighting works best for small living rooms.

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