What is noteworthy is the design of the living room 18 square. m.? We are talking about standard apartments in high-rise buildings of the post-Soviet space. This is not a spacious room, but not a small one. Therefore, here it is necessary to observe a fine line that will not allow to overload the room, and will not leave it empty.
Despite the fact that such a room size is considered average, it is still not possible for everyone to accommodate everything necessary there and at the same time preserve the illusion of space. Therefore, many designers advise to build the design gradually, step by step. So, let's start from the ceiling.
The height of the ceiling plays an important role in the visual and physical perception of the size of the room. And in this room, as a rule, it is not high. Therefore we will resort to various effects. The first is the color that will be lighter than the walls.
Here you can also include vertical stripes on the walls, which are also capable of giving the ceiling height. Then you can safely say that the central chandelier here will be inappropriate. Instead, it is worth paying attention to round ceiling lights or spotlights located along the line connecting the ceiling and walls, so the ceiling will seem higher.
With regard to the walls, we can say that the patterned, dark or bright wallpaper will obviously spoil, giving the living room clear boundaries. Here it will be nice to look something monotonous in light colors: white, cream, milk, pearl, lavender, peach, beige, coffee with milk, sand and so on. Why light colors? Because this is how you can give the room a sense of spaciousness, lightness and visually increase its size. In addition, such colors will blur the boundaries of the room, make it larger and deeper.
But what if you want to use all the same and dark or bright colors? Just make in this version, only one wall, so you get a good contrast, not violating the overall style.
The brown wall will bring a little relaxation to the light interior
Do not be afraid of black, especially if you skillfully combine it
In the design of similar rooms, sex is of great importance. Many experts agree that it is better to use a homogeneous and monophonic coating. In order for the living room space to be combined with adjacent rooms in style, it is better to choose the same color for the walls of these very adjacent rooms as for the living room floor.
Working with the ceiling, walls and floor, of course, you can play to increase space, but there are many other tricks that help achieve the desired goal.
For example, swinging interior doors will only take away excess space. They can be replaced by sliding doors or completely remove the doors and make an arch instead. And if the project is agreed, you can even increase the doorway. Or combine the living room with the next room, removing the wall.
Without a door, even a small living room will seem more spacious
And you can, in general, make a window-door to the whole wall with access to the balcony, loggia or terrace (depending on the design).
Even just a large window will give the living room a sense of spaciousness, lightness and freshness.
And what an amazing sight .
Zoning. This is an excellent technique for increasing the space, if it is properly used. So, many often use different partitions for this. But it also takes away precious meters. You can just use the carpet. Its edges will serve as the boundary between the zones. An interesting feature of this zoning is that its color coincides with furniture or accessories in both zones. Otherwise, the room will be fragmented.
It's just a carpet, but how splendidly the room is divided into zones .
Many mistakenly believe that furniture should be placed on the perimeter of the room, so as not to take up space. In reality, this only reduces the space, because it gives the impression of a massive frame. It's not very easy to believe, but if you try, the result will be obvious – just step back from the walls for some distance and create the illusion of free space.
Choose furniture of light designs and fine lines. Massive and squat furniture of the classical style will not be that inappropriate, it will rather create an overwhelming impression. But elegant furniture with thin and curved legs and backs will bring to the atmosphere weightlessness.
Also, with the help of accessories and decor items, you can pull out the room. For example, using high candles or floor lamps on a thin and high leg.
And if you paste on the wall a poster with an 3D image, then the room will get longer.
The mirror will make the living room three-dimensional.
The volume will give only a large mirror, a small one will only shatter the room
Glass surfaces will give the room an ease: tables, chairs, shelves, doors, decoration items and so on.
Lighting. Yes, it is really possible to increase the room with the help of abundant lighting. Especially to correct some of its dark zones. For example, often in such standard rooms there is only one window and if it is on a narrow wall, then accordingly the depth of the room will be in the semi-darkness. To eliminate this oversight, you just need to put a lot of lamps, floor lamps, lamps and so on. It is better if they are of different sizes, but in a single style.
Niches. These built-in shelves like nothing else can save a significant amount of space and at the same time allow you to place the necessary items. In addition, you do not have to clutter the living room with old-fashioned walls, sideboards, cabinets and bedside tables. Of course, cabinets and bedside tables can still be, but more modest sizes.
We have already said how color can be used to influence space when it comes to walls and ceilings. But there is also the color of furniture, which should also be taken in light colors, it will also contribute to the expansion of space.
But not necessarily. Many designers build work on the game of contrast. That is, bright walls and darker furniture. In this case, the floor or carpet can also be dark, combined with furniture. Note that it is better to take the curtains light otherwise the room will be gloomy, but you can use the clever "two-color" technique. Namely two-color curtains, suitable for both walls and furniture. Of course, such a room will not look easy and spacious, but, in any case, not gloomy. After all, everyone has his own tastes.
There is another use of color contrasts. For example, the walls and sofa are light, and the carpet and the rest of the furniture are dark. At the same time on the sofa are cushions in the tone of the carpet and even the picture on the wall. This combination of colors always looks beautiful, tempting and harmonious.
The most important thing is that the colors do not merge into one spot, then the harmony of the combination
But there are fans of dark or bright colors. They should not be afraid to use their favorite shades in the design of a medium-sized room. The fact is that you can again use contrasting transitions, but in a slightly different form. Take the color you like and decorate the whole room, and make some elements lighter in a semitone. It turns out a very dynamic and deep situation, absolutely devoid of gloom.
To bright colors, a few other rules. They do not need to pick up halftones, just mix them with a pastel palette and a tree. But it must be random. Then the interior will be alive and cheerful.
Accessories and decor
Small details, which many do not even value, can sometimes play a decisive role in interior design. Decor – this is truly finishing touches in the arrangement of the room. And to neglect them is extremely dangerous.
The most popular element of decoration at all times was a fireplace. He warmed not only the body, but the soul from time immemorial. And nowadays many of its prototypes have appeared: natural, artificial, imitation and so on. And do not worry that the living room 18 square. m may not be enough for him. Since now there are big, medium and small. In general, whatever. And the atmosphere in the living room with a fireplace will always be hospitable, hospitable, kind and warm.
However, if you add orange or red shades to the design, the room will not only be warm, but also fun and friendly.
With orange notes near the fireplace it seems that the flames of the flame came out to walk around the room .
Any room, be it Soviet-built or modern, can be equally stylish and graceful. Simply decorate it with unusual shelves or an intricate pattern on the wall.
By the way, accessories are better to choose more bright and saturated colors. Since this will add variety to the light interior, the dark one will make it more interesting and boring, and in bright it will just be nice to combine.
So, it does not matter whether you have a small room or a large room, having a desire, you can create miracles with it. And the living room is medium in size, namely 18 sq. M. m. can take absolutely any shape, and become attractive, cozy and comfortable.