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Side tablesEven if you haven’t invested in a fabulous sofa yet, you can still kit out your home with some small surfaces. Strategically placed side tables will provide a place to put keys, books, mugs and glasses – and can be picked up fairly cheaply either new or from second-hand outlets. Just one or two in the living room and a couple in each bedroom will make life a lot easier and prevent you from accidentally kicking over glasses of water or cups of tea.
Suite successIn a small living room, if you have the space, one large sofa instead of multiple small pieces cuts the feeling of clutter and makes the room look less cramped. Again, choose a sofa that’s raised from the ground: the space between the floor and the sofa base keeps the floor on view. Warm up the floor with a generous rug that visually pulls the various elements of the space together. “It should sit almost half way under the sofa and cover all of the seating area,” says Alexeeva. “A small rug will disjoint the area and make the pieces of furniture look random and chaotic, making the space look even smaller than it is.”How you arrange your small living room can also affect your perception of space. “If you have a big window in the room, arrange the sofa to face it, so that when you or your guests are sitting down, they’re focusing on the open-air space rather than your small room,” advises Wilson.A simple way to trick the eye is to pull furniture slightly away from the wall, as seen here. Creating a small gap gives the illusion that the wall is further away than it actually is.
Team with turquoiseThis simple two-colour scheme creates a tranquil space against the white backdrop. The retro-style corner sofa is upholstered in a very light grey, which adds to the pared-back look. Turquoise is a lovely colour to team with grey, but to avoid it appearing too cold, add some natural wood tones as they’ve done here.Check out these tips for choosing the perfect sofa