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Having a small living room gives you a great chance to cozy up and feel snug. It’s not such a disadvantage to have a small living space. If you buy the right furniture and place it accordingly, your small space can have big personality. For example, buying a larger sofa takes up more room than a love seat, yet you may be able to fit a love seat and two chairs in the same space. This gives you the ability to seat more people. Pro tip: Armless chairs are great for small living rooms.
If you’re short on space in your home, you can use the corners of the room for other purposes. Tuck a desk with your computer in a part of the living space to help you make the most of the area that you do have. This helps to give the room multi-functional purposes with style.
Use Focal Points
Like every room of any home, you need a focal point. Does your small living room have a fireplace? Hang some art above the fireplace, in order to help both pieces stand out. Using that area of the room as a focal point gives the appearance of a larger room. Keep away from over-stuffing a room with furniture and decor, as it will appear smaller.
Bring Out The Height Of A Room
You can make a small room feel bigger if you bring out the height of the room. Hang paintings a bit further up the wall than normal. You don’t want to make the space look awkward, but think outside the box to use the upward space of a small room. You may even consider placing molding type materials between one foot to a foot and a half from the top of the ceiling.
Stacking Furniture Helps
No, we don’t mean for you to stack your furniture pieces on top of each other. You could place a cabinet behind the back of a sofa that’s facing in the opposite direction. This can help to save space and create a feeling of divide in between rooms. This could also be a handy way for you to place tables next to chairs- directly against them- in order for guests to have a handy place to put drinks or appetizer plates.
How To Make An Entrance
Many times, the living room is also the entrance to the home. Your living space can also serve as the home office or a dual dining space. For these purposes, keep everything smooth. If you make a color transition from room to room, be sure that it’s subtle and well thought out. The overall color palette should be similar.
Set down ground rules on eating outYou don't have to totally deprive yourself of the luxury of eating out to save money. But there are many ways you can cut back on spending. Start tracking your spending by using a budgeting app, by checking your bank account, or just by using a pad of paper. Keep track of every quick stop for a sandwich, every trip to a fast food restaurant, and even every coffee you buy during the week. Many people are shocked to find that they spend up to $100 a month just on their daily caffeinated beverages. Now that you know the damage you'll be more motivated to make a change. Switch to making your own coffee. Buy yourself a nice travel mug and make it your best friend. When it comes to dining out at restaurants, make them special occasions. Decide with your significant other on two or three days of the month (every other Saturday maybe) when you'll go on a date night together. If you're flying solo, treat yourself to the same two nights out, whether it's just you or you're with friends.
Save on groceriesThere are a number of ways to spend less at the checkout line that won't require you to eat any less or sacrifice nutrition. In fact, many of these tips will actually be healthier for you depending on your own eating habits and nutritional needs.
- Buy in bulk. Certain staple items are much less expensive when bought in bulk. Rice and dried beans come in huge bags that will last months and there are an unlimited number of recipes you can make with these two items. Other great items to buy in bulk: frozen vegetables, pasta, cereal, oatmeal, toilet paper, and trash bags.
- Cut back on meat. Americans eat a lot of meat. It isn't uncommon for some families to have meat every night of the week. If that's the case for you, try having one meat-free meal day. That alone will save you up to $15 per month. Vegetarian and vegan food options are endless and delicious, so you might soon find yourself spending less and less on meat at the grocery store.
- Cook your lunches in advance. Rather than starving at lunch or suffering the same peanut putter sandwiches every day, make all of your lunches for the week on Sunday afternoon. There are a ton of bulk lunch recipes around the internet. Some suggestions: burritos, personal pizzas, crock pot meals, and stir-fry recipes are all easy to package for the week and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Make a menu and a shopping list. Most people jot down a few things they need and then choose other items at random at the grocery store. Instead, make a menu for the week and buy only what you need.
- Research frugal recipes. There are several books and websites devoted to frugal recipe ideas. How frugal? Some recipes are filling, nutritious, and cost as little as $1.00 per person to make.