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Designing a small living area

A small room can be challenging to furnish and decorate because there is limited space to work with. You may feel like you don't have enough room to execute your creative ideas. It can be tricky in that if you do too much, you can end up with a room that feels cramped, clustered and claustrophobic. But if you do too little, you may be sacrificing style and comfort.

A living room should be both stylish and comfortable. After all, it is the room you might spend most of your time in. It is usually where families gather to watch tv, where you entertain guests or just where you sit and relax.

So how do you organize a small living room to maximize space while still retaining all the elements that makes it a comfortable family area?

Follow these tips to make the most of a small space.

Furniture and layout

If you have a small living room, furniture is one of the most important aspects you should focus on. Big, extravagant pieces might be tempting, but in a small space they will only serve to clutter the room and diminish your floor space.

Club chairs and tight back sofas are good choices for small living rooms as they are less bulky. A full-sized sofa may be too big for your space, in which case a love seat can act as the main piece of furniture with two accent chairs.

Go for "leggy" pieces for chairs as opposed to furniture that seem to sit directly on the floor. If you must have a center table, choose one with a glass or see-through top. This will consume less visual space and make the room seem less full.

It may be tempting to push sofas and chairs up against the walls to leave space in the center of the room. This is a common mistake. However, "floating" or moving the furniture off the walls actually creates the illusion of more room and makes the seating area cozier, while directing foot traffic around the main seating area rather than through it.

When creating this seating area, play up any unique features in your living room by making it the focal point. For instance, furniture can be placed around a fireplace.

It will also help to choose furniture that have more than one use.

For instance, an ottoman can be used in place of a coffee table and can also be used for extra seating if needed.

If your living room doubles as a dining room but you can't fit a dining table and chairs, consider a small, round cafe table with two chairs in a corner of the room. This can be pulled away from the wall to accommodate more chairs in the event you have company.