Even in a small city apartment, you can perfectly furnish a room for receiving guests without contacting a designer. Consider how to design a living room design of 16 sq. m. and create a harmonious interior in it.
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The largest room is usually chosen as the living room of a small apartment in a panel house. Due to the small choice of options, it can combine the functions of a hall. Even with a small area (less than 18 square meters), it can be arranged so that it makes an impression on the guests. The lack of squares in the living room of a small apartment can be compensated for by a visual increase in space through various means:
- light colors of furniture, walls and ceilings;
- reflective surfaces;
- bright lighting.
You can arrange furniture and household appliances in the most rational way in order to preserve the free space as much as possible. Reincarnation of a room of 16 sq. m in a full living room may include the following stages:
- determination of the functionality of the future premises (for receiving guests, relaxing, watching TV, banquets);
- planning the general style of the living room;
- development of a detailed design of the room;
- repair and interior decoration of the premises;
- arrangement of furniture.
A distinctive feature of planning the design of a small living room is the fact that all stages are done taking into account space saving… For example, they buy ergonomic small-sized furniture. Another solution is to combine the living room with the kitchen and the subsequent functional zoning of the combined room.
In a small rectangular room with one entrance, it is quite easy to make the layout of a full-fledged living room. It is possible to combine the TV area with a section and other household appliances, compactly arranging everything along a longer wall. A large sofa and armchairs can be placed on the opposite vertical plane. There will still be a lot of free space for a coffee table, floor lamps, nightstands.
If the living room is a walk-through, which is found in some layouts of residential buildings, it is worth delimiting the functional zones into a general one, where there is a free passage between rooms, and a recreational one, intended for rest and receiving guests. It is in the last zone that you need to create a cozy atmosphere by adding suitable furniture, applying the necessary elements of decoration, decor and lighting. To save space with such zoning of the hall, it is proposed to use a multi-level ceiling, a sill on the floor, different colors in two zones.
You can also use a simpler method: put some small furniture on the border (for example, a coffee table, a flower garden, a bedside table).
A full-fledged living room in a small-sized apartment can be made by taking the area from another room (for example, a kitchen or a balcony). Combined room projects have gained immense popularity, they can be found in huge numbers. The biggest challenge lies in the dismantling of the ceilings and subsequent finishing. But after such a renovation, a beautiful and functional living room is obtained.
Most often, the kitchen is combined with the adjoining room. Such projects are especially popular in Khrushchev, where there is a constant lack of free space. After dismantling the common wall, the walls, floor and ceiling are finished, zoning is performed. For a miniature square kitchen, the role of a dining area is assigned, a large hall is turned into a room for receiving guests.
Borders can be denoted by a curly plasterboard arch, a bookcase or a bar counter.
When combining a room with a balcony, you can increase the real square meters of the room, which are not included in the total living space. Even 1 sq. m., borrowed from the loggia, will visually increase the space and functionality of the living room of a small apartment. This project will complicate the fact that it is necessary to additionally insulate the combined room, rearrange pipes and radiators, and dismantle the external load-bearing wall. Often, the demolition of walls can aggravate the current state of affairs: the walls can sink.
For a small living room of a city apartment, you can choose several popular styles at the discretion of the owners. A variety of decoration and layout ideas make it possible to bring to life any tastes of the owners.
The classic is an emphasis on symmetrical forms, a harmonious combination of proportions, an abundance of decorative elements in the form of stucco moldings, ornaments, and images of flowers. With this design, the appropriate furniture must be selected. The cost of a high-quality headset in a classic style is high, if you choose cheap items and finishing materials, the overall picture may turn out to be tasteless, you need to take this into account.
The living room in a modern style is filled with maximum functionality and comfort. Household appliances, furniture, finishing materials are chosen the most advanced and advanced. Another feature of the Art Nouveau premises is the presence of an exclusive project (uniqueness of solutions, uniqueness).
Eco style is characterized by natural materials of furniture and interior decoration. They use wood, glass, clay, natural stone, fabric, straw. Colors and patterns should remind of closeness to nature: the soil is symbolized by brown, gray, beige tones, and plants - green and yellow tones. If the materials are unnatural, textures that imitate them are selected for the eco direction. Natural flowers, glass vases, earthenware jugs and wicker baskets can be used for decoration.
This trend is an exclusive style with contrasting and bright colors. Expensive materials are used in decoration and furniture: solid wood, ivory, natural stone, precious metals.
It is worth considering separately the features of decoration and decor of every detail of the living room. Walls in a small room should not have too variegated colors or large patterns. The most successful colors are gray, beige, cream, pale purple, milky.
It is better not to use more than three different tones when composing an interior composition.
The most popular type of decoration for any living room is wallpaper. They can be paper, textile, washable, waterproof, vinyl. Recently, liquid wallpaper (silk plaster) has gained popularity, which is mixed with water and applied to the walls with a roller or spray gun. This material goes well with any furniture, flooring, curtains, interior doors.
It is better not to use photo wallpaper or wallpaper with a pattern for the whole living room. It is better to give them one wall or even a fragment of it. In such a room, calm landscapes, images of a sunset, roads, forests, flowers are well suited. Large images are unacceptable: they will create a depressing atmosphere.
As a decoration for a small living room, you can successfully use painting with acrylic paints. The choice of colors here is the same as for the wallpaper (not too bright, soothing tones). For painting, it is necessary to level the walls with two layers of putty (base and finishing). After leveling the surface, it must be treated with a deep penetration primer.
It is advisable to make the ceiling for a small room flat.A drywall construction with built-in spotlights looks good in such a space. If the surface is sufficiently flat, you can do without a plasterboard base: just level it with a putty, prime it and paint it in a light tone. For a room of 16 sq. m, a two-tiered ceiling covering with separation of functional zones is also suitable, if the ceiling height allows.
As for the chandelier, you should choose it in accordance with the style of the room.
The floor in the living room can be made different. Recently, laminate flooring is the most popular; it is an affordable and easy-to-install coating. Its sheets are assembled by hand, joint to joint, without the use of tools. The main thing is that the floor surface is perfectly flat, otherwise the fragments will deform. There are a huge number of colors and textures of laminate on sale, it is more difficult to choose your option from hundreds of possible ones than to install it.
Parquet is a more expensive material for floor cladding. Installation is a little more difficult than laminate. But it looks gorgeous and really reminds of natural origin. When designing a room in an eco-style, this solution will be the most successful. In addition to parquet, you can also finish the floor with parquet board.
You can lay linoleum on the floor of the living room. It fits perfectly even on an imperfectly flat surface, has good thermal insulation and is easy to clean. To create a cozy atmosphere after laying the linoleum, you can place a small rug with a long nap under the coffee table in the center of the room. Large room-size carpets are becoming less popular lately, and they are not as practical as a neat and smooth linoleum flooring.
After finishing the room, it remains to complete the arrangement of furniture and accessories. Of the decorative details, the necessary are curtains for windows, plinths for the floor and ceiling, chandeliers and lamps, switches. All this should look harmonious, fitting into the conceptual design of the room. For large open areas of walls, one final finish is not enough; it is necessary to fill the voids with decorative details (for example, wall shelves, paintings, sconces).
Furniture should be selected as compact, if possible, and transformation. Here there is an opportunity to boldly experiment with any items: wardrobes, shelves, shelves, corner sofa, TV.
Tips & Tricks
To make the space cozy, it is worth considering a few recommendations:
- To visually increase the space of a small living room, just hang a mirror. The fully mirrored side wall will make the interior look chic. In addition to mirrors, there are many other glossy surfaces that reflect light well.
- If there are a lot of things, you can use hidden storage places for them. These can be niches for linen in sofas, wardrobes, high shelves. There are also multifunctional beds, tables and transformer wardrobes that are perfect for a small apartment.
- Often the corners remain free, although you can make the most of them. This is why corner sofas and wardrobes are created. You can separate the free corner with a small plasterboard wall or a shelf, where a working area with a desk and a computer will be located.
- Other useful items needed for a small living room are folding chairs and sofas, a extendable book table, and a backless sofa.
You can take some free space by the window. For example, you can dismantle the window sill and place a sofa with a back there, or put a roomy chest of drawers under the window opening.
Beautiful examples in the interior
In a tiny room, you can create a stunning interior, like in this cute room. The living room includes everything you need: a spacious sofa, a table, a TV area with a section.The stylish design is complemented by suspended ceilings and fashionable wallpaper.
Incredibly stylish design of the living room combined with a balcony. During the renovation, the load-bearing walls did not have to be demolished. It has been divided into two functional areas - a living room and a study.
An example of a room combined with a kitchen. You can arrange a common space in a single style, while functional areas are highlighted.
Cozy and original design of a small living room. There are many roomy wardrobes and a pleasant atmosphere for relaxation. A large and light balcony opening visually enlarges the space.
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