If you are moving to stay permanently in Singapore, you should probably get a heads up that the housing apartments here have been experiencing a shave in the floor area, whereby the spaces are carved and allocated to meet the basic human ergonomic requirements, especially in the communal areas like the living and dining rooms. It is sadly inevitable as space is definitely of scarcity in one of the smallest city in the world.
With that said, achieving a stylish and spacious living room for you to reside comfortably in is still possible. All you have to do is make some clever decisions and you will find yourself enjoying the space just as much without feeling oppressed by the size. Read on to find out some of the tips to get started with.
Light & Airy Colours
Before you go diving in to splash paint all over your walls like some expressionist artist, you should plan the colour scheme a little more for the best results for a small living room. The usual advice given by designers and stylists is to go with lighter colours to create a sense of additional space. Though the designers and stylists love to use a neutral palette most of the time to create a timeless interior look, it does not mean that you cannot use rich and vibrant colour in the living room. It is your home after all and it should reflect your taste and style and if strong bold colours are your thing, all you have to do is ensure that at least 70 per cent of your walls are in a single colour of airy hues (white, creams or greys) that you enjoy or complements your bold colour palette. This will help keep you on track of creating a good balance of elegance and style in your space.
If you are one who finds the neutral palette boring and lack of personality, try colour blocking with pastel colours. They can be shades of a colour or contrasting colours based on the colour wheel. If you are unsure of how you should approach that, we say, take inspiration from Wes Anderson’s films and colour palette that you can find online. Match the swatches to your inspiration palette for paint your space and voila! Alternatively, monotone can work wonders in creating a visual illusion in a lighter shade.
Play Of Light & Shadow
Now that you have established your colour palette for the walls, give a little thought on which colour should go on each wall. The ingenious tip here is to create a visual illusion by using darker colours to create a contrast to the lighter colours. This can help to create a perception of depth in your space, just like the rationale behind contouring and highlighting that is applied in make-up routines. Hence if you wish to create a sense of a longer width, use a darker wall colour on the wall that demarcates the length of your living room’s width. If the goal is to create a sense of depth, darker colours for either wall on the left and right (or both) would be your way to go!
This optical illusion by the play of lighter and darker colours can also be applied to selecting your floor and ceiling colour for a more desirable sense of height. So if all your walls are of a shade of light grey, let that colour bleed onto your ceiling or go with white to give the space an impression of taller height.
With the constraint of space, lesser cluster and loose pieces of furniture around would help to ensure that your living room looks spacious and tidy. Hence use your largest furniture, the sofa, to create a focal point in the room to anchor the eyes for an aesthetically-pleasing experience in the space. So pick a statement piece for and pop in an artwork that you love or a beautiful mirror for an extra touch of attention seeking in the space.
Doing Justice With Mirrors
We are sure that you have heard of using mirrors to enlarge your space. However, there are ways to apply that advice to yield the effects. A small mirror behind your sofa would not do the trick as it would probably end up looking like an ornament for a touch of glimmer in the space. Instead, you should hang a simple large piece of mirror ( it can have a beautiful handcrafted frame) instead to help create the space doubling illusion. You may like to apply this hack to other spaces. But be sure to look out for the right opportunity to include the large piece of mirror with to enjoy the space multiplying effect.
Nesting Tables For The Win
Speaking of reducing clutter and cluster, leave out the coffee table and include a group of nesting tables into your to-buy furniture list instead. They are great as side tables when separated or be grouped together for a dynamic looking coffee table look if needed. They are versatile and are the wonderful embodiment of both form and function serving furniture—aesthetically pleasing and meeting the different needs at different times, making them the ideal pieces for a small space.
Picking The Right Rug
One thing that a homeowner can effortlessly spruce up their living room look and style is by adding a rug. Before you go all hysteric over the issue of having to clean the rug, there are actually a lot of different materials used to fabricate rugs and most of the ones these days are really easy to clean and maintain. Try selecting one that is made of synthetic material like viscose and olefin for a luxurious touch and easy maintenance.
As for the sizing of the rug, it should not be too large that it ends up filling up your whole living room space. If you have a large rug that you have inherited from your previous place or purchase that you would like to include, do measure it to see if it allows for at least a 15-centimetre border of floor space after placing the rug. If not, you should reconsider placing it there as it will look overwhelming in a small space.
Avoid getting those tiny rugs that only allows for your coffee table to sit on like an island. The key to this trick with the rug is to ensure that most of your living room furniture have contact with it for a cohesive look that marks out an area neatly instead of looking like dispersed clusters. The smallest rug that you can get must entail the inclusion of the front two legs of your sofa (and those of the accent chairs if you have any) to go onto it for the most ideal look.