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Try Out These 8 Space-Filling Ideas for Your Living Room
Small space solutions abound in an industry that’s rife with tiny homes. That’s all good and well for those living in a compact apartment, but there’s always the prospect of the exact opposite happening: having too much space that you barely know what to do with it.
Big, empty spaces make a home feel barely lived in and the last thing you want is to leave it bare – it makes for a very bland, uninspired and cold atmosphere. Dive deeper and find out just how you can breathe some much-needed life into a sparse living room.
Interior Firm: Space Atelier
1. An alternative to a home office is the cosy study nook. Afraid of distractions and TV chatter? All you really need to combat those are partitions. Close off the space when you need to get into the work groove and reopen them when you need a breather.
Nobody enjoys working in too drab a space either, so improve your motivation with the following: place your desk next to the window for plenty of natural light, inject a splash of green and pretty pastels and keep things organised with handy storage solutions.
Interior Firm: Linear Space Concepts
2. Bad days are aplenty but you won’t always be able to go on leave to fight the blues. Instead of planning your next escape, you could build a personal one within the sanctity of your home. Let go of your woes, find your inner Zen in a garden-like area that’s perfect for an impromptu yoga or meditative session!
Interior Firm: Mr Shopper Studio
3. Don’t snooze on a rest room! Chill out in a soft armchair or get some much-needed shut-eye on a day bed. Forget hauling the bed out every single time you want to take a nap, install a modular cabinet and store your essentials inside.
Interior Firm: Free Space Intent
4. The living room is also known to many as the home's entertainment center. Use the spare space to stash your favourite arcade games instead of nestling a study in it. That way you can have spontaneous game sessions when the urge strikes. Emulate the full look of an arcade area with more industrial fittings such as black track lights, brick and wood finishes.
Interior Firm: Space Atelier
5. Sometimes all you need is a few hours to marathon a few good books but you can’t very well do that in an uncomfortable setting. Turn your extra space into a cosy reading corner with plush armchairs (your glutes will thank you), throw blankets, a soft carpet and a customised bookshelf to hold your collection.
Interior Firm: Hall Interiors
6. No matter how big a space you’re working with, it’s darn impossible to fit a whole playground into it. However, there’s always room for an apartment-friendly swing set (just don’t go swinging too hard)! Fashion one out of wood and rope for a true rustic look.
Interior Firm: Authors • Interior & Styling
7. You’ve heard of dining areas, rooms and booths. Now, get ready to meet a close counterpart – the horigotatsu. A type of traditional table that’s low to the ground, the horigotatsu features a recessed floor to rest your legs in. Modernise it for the urban home with an extendable top set in a raised platform.
Interior Firm: D5 Studio Image
8. It’s hard to find the motivation to clock a few hours in at the gym. Build your own designated space and get your exercise in. You can even copy it down to a tee, just opt for glass walls! Now, there’s no need to worry others giving you the side-eye as they wait their turn.