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Last Updated on January 17, 2018

15 Amazing Design Ideas For Your Small Living Room

15 Amazing Design Ideas For Your Small Living Room

Just because you have a small living room doesn’t mean it can’t feel grande. Here are 15 surprisingly effective ways to open up the space and brighten the mood of your home. Use some of this advice to your advantage and your guests will be wondering how you managed to create such a lively and energetic space. Once they step inside your newly improved living room they definitely won’t be bored by what they see. Check out these photos to see what I mean!

1. Create An Accent Wall To Add Warmth And Space To Your Living Room

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    Adding a colorful wall to your living room is a great way to create the illusion of space, as well as creating a fun and unique look to your living room.

    2. Make A Handy Ottoman For Added Storage Space

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      If you struggle to find storage space in your living room, consider buying or building yourself an Ottoman. This gives you a seat or a coffee table with storage space hidden inside. It’s handy and attractive!

      3. Avoid Curtains To Create A Natural Light

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        If your living room is particularly small, use natural lighting to add an airy, spacious feel to the room. Swap dark and heavy curtains for light ones. Try to keep them open as often as possible to let that natural light in.

        4. Invest In An Adjustable Table

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          An adjustable table is the perfect way to add space to a small living room or a dining room. Invest in a table that can go lower, giving you multiple options.

          5. Create A Fun Gallery Wall

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            Creating a gallery wall of pictures is a good way to keep art on your wall in a small space without the room looking too cluttered. You can use paintings, photographs, or anything else you can think of.

            6. Use Mirrors To Create The Illusion Of Space

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              A big mirror will have the same effect on your living room as a new window, creating the illusion of space and air. This is a great idea if you only have a little window in your living room.

              7. Make A Mezzanine For Added Space

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                If you really want to add some space to your living room, consider using the top half of the room by building a mezzanine. A mezzanine is a beautiful way to add a second room to the room you already have. Ingenious!

                8. Use Floating Shelves For Extra Storage Space

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                  If you are still struggling to find more storage space, floating shelves are an attractive way to add storage space without making your room look cluttered.

                  9. Create A Sofa Shelf To Add Space

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                    Hide unsightly radiators by adding a sofa shelf using simple wooden planks. This often means you have no need for a coffee table, adding even more space to the living room!

                    10. Use Spotlights To Add Light

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                      Spotlights can create the illusion of space. They can also be used to highlight your paintings and pictures. Consider using a white spotlight for a minimalist effect.

                      11. Create Hidden Storage Space Underneath Your Television

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                        Wicker baskets are a cheap and effective way to create storage space. Storing them underneath your television stops them from looking like clutter or mess.

                        12. Get Furniture With Legs For A Spacious Look

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                          Furniture with legs is a genius way to create the illusion of space. Its effect multiplies when you do this with your sofa, chairs, and coffee tables!

                          13. Create The Illusion Of Space With A Small Print Rug

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                            A rug with a small pattern or a neutral print will add space to your room. However, you should avoid larger prints or bright colors, as they can make your living room look smaller or more cramped.

                            14. Use Bookshelves For A Quirky Effect

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                              While bookshelves don’t always add space, if you have them running all the way around a wall or up to the ceiling, they will help to create a luxurious and spacious living room.

                              15. Keep Wall Space Free For An Airy, Spacious Effect

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                                Pictures are a great way to add color and personality to a room. Just make sure to leave some space on the wall to stop your room from looking too full.

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                                Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                                The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                                If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                                One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                                Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                                In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                                Why you can’t sleep through the night

                                The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                                Stress

                                If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                                Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                                We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                                While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                                Eating close to bedtime

                                Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                                Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                                Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                                Medical conditions

                                In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                                The vicious sleep cycle

                                The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                                Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                                You get a bad night’s sleep
                                –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                                –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                                –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                                  You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                                  How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                                  To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                                  1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                                  What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                                  Here are a few suggestions:

                                  • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                                  • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                                  • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                                  • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                                  • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                                  2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                                  What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                                  • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                                  • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                                  • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                                  • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                                  3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                                  Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                                  Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                                  Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                                  Sleep better form now on

                                  Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                                  I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                                  As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                                  Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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