Does size matter? If you consider the growing trend towards tiny homes, it certainly does. Tiny homes have long captivated the public’s imagination, but now the circumstances are making them more attractive than ever. Australians are questioning the value of taking out unaffordable home loans that will take years to pay off, as well as if all the space they are paying for is worth the price. Downsizing to a smaller house or apartment is a more affordable option for most (especially singles, couples without children and retired adults) and an added bonus is that less is needed to decorate and fill the home – cutting down on unnecessary ‘stuff’ that is often just hoarded clutter or junk.
Most people find downsizing to a smaller space a breeze, but an area that challenges many is the living room. Generally speaking, this room of the house has the most pieces of furniture in it and needs to seat many. Also, it does not have a centrepiece like other rooms have, with most bedrooms centering on the bed and more dining rooms centered on the dining room table. For a small living area, the largest piece of furniture will probably be your sofa. By following these simple guidelines, you can have a sofa in your living room without making the space seem crowded or cramped:
- CHOOSE A LIGHT COLOUR –
A dark sofa or leather-look lounge will immediately draw the eye, but it will seem to take up more space. Light coloured lounge furniture will open up the space and make it seem airier.
- CHOOSE THE RIGHT AMOUNT –
When your sofa is going to be the central focus of the room, you don’t necessarily need a three-piece suite or corner lounge as you most likely won’t be able to fit all three into one room. A single two or three seater fabric sofa should be sufficient, and if you need extra seats you can always opt for one or two accent chairs
- CHOOSE PIECES THAT MULTITASK –
With space being limited in your home, any lounge furniture you have should have more than one purpose. If your space is limited, you might want to consider a sofa bed that can double as a sleeping area instead of a guest room. You should also consider a living room table or ottoman that offers more storage space within/beneath it than simply on top.
A small home does not mean you have to make do with child-sized furniture or that you have to for-go any sense of interior design by using cheap and unattractive chairs and lounges. By observing the guidelines above you can enjoy your tiny living room (and sofa) just as much as you would if it was twice the size.