Another helpful hint: use side tables as coffee tables. They can easily be moved to open up the space when it’s time to entertain.
A bookshelf can look cluttered. If you don’t need to access its contents on a regular basis, hang a large piece of art from the shelves, as shown in the next space designed by John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross. Not only is this technique a great way to maximize limited wall space, it stylishly hides the shelf’s contents. In fact, try placing paperwork or other unsightly items behind the canvas!
Next, select furniture that is comfortable enough for an afternoon nap, but elegant enough for hosting company. Be sure there is plenty of seating and, if possible, arrange all furniture so those seated in the living room will have a clear view of each other and the entertainment center if one exists.
Or double the fun with a pair of matching sofas! Below we see a living room from the Brown Residence, designed by The Construction Zone. Two lean sofas add symmetry while creating the ideal face-to-face seating arrangement.
A small living room can be expanded by taking one of the walls down. Get rid of the wall separating your living room and the kitchen, or your living room and the hall way. But remember, safety comes first. You can always resort to losing a wall to maximise your living space, as long as it won’t harm the structural resistance of the building.
Let’s say you’re not set on completely hiding your television. Try including the TV in a large shelving unit that displays a range of stylish items. Why not let it become a part of the decor?