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Can a small living room be as functional and beautiful as a large one? Whether own the house or you rent it, there are clever solutions to have an elegant and functional living room. Decorating a small living room is often a cause for stress and frustration. See how you can transform what you consider problematic into an impressive result.

Take advantage of the white walls. White walls can be dull but on the other hand, they can create a relaxing mood. Consider taking advantage of a white interior. Matching your walls with equally soft colors on the furniture is an elegant and simple way to make every small room look brighter and bigger. To give character to the place, add touches of color and textures from different materials.

Take advantage of the "disadvantages". A living room with an irregular shape can become very impressive if you turn one wall into a point of interest. You can achieve this by painting this wall a different color, putting wallpaper, placing frames, or even a wall sticker.

Find the perfect sofa for a cramped space. A living room, both narrow and small, increases the degree of difficulty in decorating. However, a carefully selected sofa can make the most of the precious square meters. When looking for a sofa for such a place, look for someone in a simple line and as long as possible. It will create the impression of greater depth in your living room.

Mind the gap behind the sofa. Adding a bookcase or shelves behind your couch is a smart and effective way to add interest and extra storage space to your living room. In this design, soft colors and a large window also will contribute to the feeling of spaciousness.

Check for clutter. Even large living rooms do not look good when they are messy, while in small ones the situation gets even worse because they are flooded more easily by too many things. When decorating a small living room, it is necessary to add hidden storage spaces. Make use of the space under the table or any small corners that can accommodate shelves.

Do not overdo it. Boxes, trunks, and storage containers can quickly fill a small space, taking you back to where you started. No matter how attached you are to your things and no matter how organized you are, sometimes there is not enough space to put all of them. Maybe it's time to look at the situation coldly and objectively and make the tough decision to remove anything that is not necessary, hinders you, or just does not work.

Minimal options. A small living room may not fit everything you would like. Removing some of your furniture, you can hit two birds with one stone. You will increase the available space and reduce clutter. Start by emptying the room completely. Then bring your sofa in first and slowly add the remaining pieces. When you have a layout that you like, stop. Whatever is left out, must find another place or maybe another house.

Small room, small scale. Slim lines, neutral colors, and seats with low backs and perhaps no arms can provide the solution to a small living room. If you rent a house and already have a sofa but that is too big for your small space, do not worry. It is better to invest in a sofa that suits you and you love it because you can have it for more time than the house. Just make sure the rest of the furniture is simpler and smaller.

Too many colors or patterns. Dark colors and large designs "shrink" space. Small spaces work better with a palette of two or three colors in bright shades and small patterns.

Add light. Small houses often lack natural light. They usually have few and small openings. Artificial lighting, after proper study, can make up for this shortcoming. To save space on the floor, avoid floor lamps. Prefer a table or sconces and of course ceiling. Also choosing the right shades for the floor, furniture and walls can improve the lighting of your space.