Last week I revealed the transformation of my daughter’s tiny dark bedroom in her city apartment into a light feminine space to call home. I promised to come back and share with you more of the apartment and this week I have the next installment, addressing how to decorate a small dark living room. You can see the before photo above and note that the windows face a brick wall, blocking out most of the natural light. You can also see how very tiny the space is.
This room was trickier than the bedroom for several reasons, not the least of which was the need to please both my daughter and her roommate, so the room utilizes more black than we would have otherwise gone with. It also needed to be practical as it’s the one space where they do their entertaining and it was done on a *very* tight budget. The plan above reflects their choices.
The focal point in the room is along the wall with the windows… (well, actually, that’s pretty much the entire room!) so that is where we placed their charcoal slipcovered sofa. We used decorative pillows to break up the dark colors and add a sense of intention to the use of black and white.
A lush mongolian lamb pillow softens the look and the edgy coasters celebrate the neighborhood they live in. No matter how small the space, it’s nice to have a comfortable place to relax with a glass of wine.
Clear white walls and overhead lighting keep things from getting too dark, even with all the dark furniture.
The modern coffee table was something the girls picked out, with several levels providing a place to store some of their things. The oatmeal shag rug is another key item that helps lighten up this tight space, while also offering a bit of comfortable coziness.
With limited storage, it’s always great to utilize every opportunity for a place to keep things. The metal wine rack serves as both a decorative wall hanging and a practical spot to hold their bottles.
Tucked into a corner is a small bistro table with two barstools for additional seating.
We also added a ladder bookshelf which can be dressed up with decorative items or used for storage. It fit perfectly against a small slice of wall between the two bedrooms and is currently adorned with some temporary items. We’ll be adding candles, some mercury glass pieces for a touch of bling, as well as a few ‘fashion and style’ coffee table books.
We were able to fit a small sideboard opposite the sofa, another spot for potential storage.
Next up is to add some sheer curtain panels behind the sofa, more for softness than to block anything out, as the brick wall provides enough privacy.
If you missed the reveal of the apartment bedroom, you can read that post at THIS LINK.
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