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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 December 2, 2018

                                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                                Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                                The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                                The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                                Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                                Review Your Past Flow

                                Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                                Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                                Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                                Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                                Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                                Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                                Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                                We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                                Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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