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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 June 18, 2019

                                15 Ways to Cultivate Continuous Learning for a Sharper Brain

                                15 Ways to Cultivate Continuous Learning for a Sharper Brain

                                Assuming the public school system didn’t crush your soul, learning is a great activity. It expands your viewpoint. It gives you new knowledge you can use to improve your life. It is important for your personal growth. Even if you discount the worldly benefits, the act of learning can be a source of enjoyment.

                                “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” — Mark Twain

                                But in a busy world, it can often be hard to fit in time to learn anything that isn’t essential. The only things learned are those that need to be. Everything beyond that is considered frivolous. Even those who do appreciate the practice of lifelong learning, can find it difficult to make the effort.

                                Here are some tips for installing the habit of contiuous learning:

                                1. Always have a book

                                It doesn’t matter if it takes you a year or a week to read a book. Always strive to have a book that you are reading through, and take it with you so you can read it when you have time.

                                Just by shaving off a few minutes in-between activities in my day I can read about a book per week. That’s at least fifty each year.

                                2. Keep a “To-Learn” List

                                We all have to-do lists. These are the tasks we need to accomplish. Try to also have a “to-learn” list. On it you can write ideas for new areas of study.

                                Maybe you would like to take up a new language, learn a skill or read the collective works of Shakespeare. Whatever motivates you, write it down.

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                                3. Get More Intellectual Friends

                                Start spending more time with people who think. Not just people who are smart, but people who actually invest much of their time in learning new skills. Their habits will rub off on you.

                                Even better, they will probably share some of their knowledge with you.

                                4. Guided Thinking

                                Albert Einstein once said,

                                “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

                                Simply studying the wisdom of others isn’t enough, you have to think through ideas yourself. Spend time journaling, meditating or contemplating over ideas you have learned.

                                5. Put it Into Practice

                                Skill based learning is useless if it isn’t applied. Reading a book on C++ isn’t the same thing as writing a program. Studying painting isn’t the same as picking up a brush.

                                If your knowledge can be applied, put it into practice.

                                In this information age, we’re all exposed to a lot of information, it’s important to re-learn how to learn so as to put the knowledge into practice.

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                                6. Teach Others

                                You learn what you teach. If you have an outlet of communicating ideas to others, you are more likely to solidify that learning.

                                Start a blog, mentor someone or even discuss ideas with a friend.

                                7. Clean Your Input

                                Some forms of learning are easy to digest, but often lack substance.

                                I make a point of regularly cleaning out my feed reader for blogs I subscribe to. Great blogs can be a powerful source of new ideas. But every few months, I realize I’m collecting posts from blogs that I am simply skimming.

                                Every few months, purify your input to save time and focus on what counts.

                                8. Learn in Groups

                                Lifelong learning doesn’t mean condemning yourself to a stack of dusty textbooks. Join organizations that teach skills.

                                Workshops and group learning events can make educating yourself a fun, social experience.

                                9. Unlearn Assumptions

                                You can’t add water to a full cup. I always try to maintain a distance away from any idea. Too many convictions simply mean too few paths for new ideas.

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                                Actively seek out information that contradicts your worldview.

                                Our minds can’t be trusted, but this is what we can do about it to be wiser.

                                10. Find Jobs that Encourage Learning

                                Pick a career that encourages continual learning. If you are in a job that doesn’t have much intellectual freedom, consider switching to one that does.

                                Don’t spend forty hours of your week in a job that doesn’t challenge you.

                                11. Start a Project

                                Set out to do something you don’t know how. Forced learning in this way can be fun and challenging.

                                If you don’t know anything about computers, try building one. If you consider yourself a horrible artist, try a painting.

                                12. Follow Your Intuition

                                Lifelong learning is like wandering through the wilderness. You can’t be sure what to expect and there isn’t always an end goal in mind.

                                Letting your intuition guide you can make self-education more enjoyable. Most of our lives have been broken down to completely logical decisions, that making choices on a whim has been stamped out.

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                                13. The Morning Fifteen

                                Productive people always wake up early. Use the first fifteen minutes of your morning as a period for education.

                                If you find yourself too groggy, you might want to wait a short time. Just don’t put it off later in the day where urgent activities will push it out of the way.

                                14. Reap the Rewards

                                Learn information you can use. Understanding the basics of programming allows me to handle projects that other people would require outside help. Meeting a situation that makes use of your educational efforts can be a source of pride.

                                15 .Make Learning a Priority

                                Few external forces are going to persuade you to learn. The desire has to come from within. Once you decide you want to make lifelong learning a habit, it is up to you to make it a priority in your life.

                                In fact, you can train your brain to crave lifelong learning! Here’s how to become a lifelong learner:

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