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April 2014

Guides & Help 2014-04-15

Small Living Room Design Ideas

Small Living Room Design Ideas.

Choose an all-white colour scheme

Nothing creates the illusion of space better than an all-white colour scheme. White reflects light, brightening the room and making it appear larger. If you are feeling particularly daring, go for a white carpet or swap it for white floorboard. This will also help add a feeling of space to your room.

Add reflective surfaces

The classic way to make a room appear large is by adding a mirror. Placing a large one over the mantelpiece is a sure fire way to give the illusion of space. You can however, add reflective surfaces into the rest of your room through mirrored furniture. Add a mirrored side table or a polished steel lamp; this will help bounce light around the room giving the impression of space.

Use multi-purpose furniture

One of the best ways to add a little extra storage or seating to a small living room is through multi-purpose furniture. An ottoman can be used as an extra seat or as a coffee table and can also have the benefit of built-in storage. Coffee tables with underneath shelving are a good place to store items. If you have room for a sofa, choose a sofa bed instead. This doubles up as somewhere to sit as well as a place for your guests to sleep if you have limited bedroom space.

Let the light in

Plenty of light will make any room appear larger. Either by artificial or natural lighting, a well-lit room is the perfect way to add the illusion of space to a small room. Remove heavy curtains letting in light through the windows. Add extra lamps, or if you have little space, then spotlights or wall mounted lighting will work just as well.

Go for stripes

Using stripes on your carpets can make a room feel much large than it is. Horizontal stripes can elongate a narrow room making it appear wider; while vertical stripes create the illusion of length making floors seem longer than they actually are. We have a wide range of striped carpets available here.

Choose a snuggler

For those with limited space in their living room, think about choosing a snuggler or a love seat instead of a full size sofa. Snugglers and love seats still have enough room for two but don’t take up the space a sofa would. This can save you valuable space and you can add additional seating with a small armchair and a footstool.

Build in storage

If you’re lucky enough to have a bay window in your living room, then you can use this space to build in a window seat across the bay. This will add extra seating, and you could also build in much needed storage underneath. If your room has alcoves, add some built-in cabinets or shelving this will increase your storage options leaving the rest of the room clear from clutter.


Guides & Help 2014-04-01

Choosing the Right Size Sofa

Choosing the right size sofa.

Buying a new sofa is a major investment. There is nothing worse than falling in love with one, only to get it home and find it doesn’t fit. Finding the right size sofa may seem simple but they come in all shapes and sizes. Your perfect sofa is out there, so before you buy do your homework and ask yourself these four questions.

1. Will it fit?
So you’ve found your perfect sofa, measured your room and guess what? It fits! Your sofa arrives and the happy occasion turns sour when you realise there’s no way it’s going to get through your door. It’s important to consider the size of not only your living space but the size of your doorways. Measure, then measure again not just your front door but anywhere the sofa is going to need to fit through. Do you need to get it upstairs or down a tight hallway? Always check to see if any legs can be removed as this could give you the few extra inches you may need.

2. How will it be used and who will use it?
Do you want the sofa for occasional sitting or for lounging? Is comfort your main priority or style? You need to decide what it is you want from your sofa and weigh it accordingly when making your choice. It’s also important to know just who is going to use the sofa on a regular basis. There’s no point buying one two-seater sofa when there are four people living in your house, cue never ending arguments about who gets to sit where.

3. Where will it go?
Before you purchase your sofa, you need to settle on just where it is you want to put it and decide what shape will fit best. Perhaps you’re looking to use your sofa as a room divider or maybe you want it to sit under a window. For this you would need to check the height to ensure you’re not blocking the view. Is their other furniture in the room your sofa needs to work with? For those who enjoy rearranging their furniture, make sure to choose a versatile sofa the moves easily.

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