How To Maximize A Small Living Room

You would say that the living room is the most important part of your home. It is mostly the first room everyone will see. It is where you mostly entertain your guests and do some activities. It is where you and your family or friends do some bonding time. Because of that, it is very important to have your living room look good and also functional.

But not all sizes would agree with this. There will be those that are not big enough to accommodate. But you can still make it work with these few tips:

1. Arrange Furniture Accordingly

The furniture would be the most important aspect in the living room and for it to look good, you will have to fill the spaces with it or else it will look awkward. To make this work, you will have to choose the furniture wisely. If you know that your living room will be small, pick the pieces that will fit. It does not have to be small either, but it should be enough for the room. Be also creative that you will not have to push all the big ones against the wall. You can also try some other arrangements that will work as long as you will keep everything balanced.

2. Have the Right Decors

If you have enough spaces, you can fill it up with decor. You can fill the walls with artworks or framed photographs. You can also add in some sculptures that can fill up the spaces. With the tables and shelves, you can also have your collections, memorabilia, framed pictures, or any other decor displayed. Plants are not only a great way to add something in your space, but they can also add color. If you are living in the city, plants can also bring you closer to nature. It can also make the air cleaner.

3. Make it Look Larger

Even if you have a small living room, you can make it seem larger with the right decor and color. To make it larger, painting it white or any other light colors will do the job. Then you will add other elements such as having tall objects that will create illusions. You can also use lighting. Natural light is the best way, but you can also have some artificial ones that will enhance the room. You can also use mirrors so that the light will bounce off those. Rugs can also do the trick by using a large area rug that will cover almost all of the room. It will be a nice way to cover hardwood floors or any other floor that is hard to work with.

4. Be Wise

Because you have a small space, you should have some things that are double in purpose. This will save you both money and space. Ottomans are one of those that are versatile. You can use it as a table or as an extra seat. You can also use it as a footstool. And because it also doubles as storage, you now have extra storage to put your stuff in. Another example is seats that can double as a sleeping area for guests.


How To Avoid Cooking Smells In The House

A home-cooked meal is one of the best things ever. It is less expensive than take-out or eating out. It is also healthier for you will control what you will mix and also will pick the ingredients on your own.

The aromas are not that bad while cooking. It just makes you hungrier. It is not the best though especially if it lingers. What is worse is it will become worse as time passes. Because of that, you will need to do something about it.

To get rid of the smell, here are some things you can do:


If you have an exhaust fan, make it in good use. It is one of the best ways to immediately get rid of the smell. There are many times that it is not enough though, so another way to combat and also to help the exhaust fan is opening your windows to let the smell out. You can also open an additional fan. If you are willing to spend some, you can install an electric chimney. Another way is having a good air conditioner. 

Air Purifier

Another item you can purchase is an air purifier. Aside from getting rid of the cooking smells, there are other benefits that will do in your home. For one, it is beneficial for your health, because it removes harmful bacteria and allergens and others that usually trigger asthma. If you have pets, it will also get rid of pet smells that are around your house. It is also helpful if other rooms in your house have some odor. 

Some Household Items

If you are into natural cleaning, there are also natural ways to get rid of cooking smells. It is very easy to find and also a lot cheaper. You will just have to look at what is best and works well in your kitchen. Here are some items you can use:

Baking Soda

Baking soda is known as a deodorizer. That is because it absorbs smells. It is effective for getting rid of carpet and shoe smells so as for the kitchen. All you need to do is to have it in a bowl then place it in the counter or anywhere else in your kitchen. It is also great for getting rid of the smell of your refrigerator and your trash can.

White Vinegar

Another is white vinegar. You can also have it in a bowl then leave it in the counter. You can also make it simmer in a pan in just a couple of minutes, and the smell will be gone.

Coffee Grounds

If you are a coffee lover, this will be not hard for you. Coffee grounds are also a great deodorizer. All you need is to have the leftovers in a bowl the leave it in the counter overnight. It is a great way to get rid of smells that have come during the night or even the whole day.


Just like the baking soda, charcoals are great for deodorizing odors. Just place it in a bowl near the area with most odor, and it will be absorbed by the charcoal.


How To Fill Open Space In A Living Room

The living room is a place that guests to your home will see often. It is the place where you entertain your visitors. It is also the first place everyone will see. Because of that, it is important that it is visually pleasing.

At times, because of space, some areas and corners are empty. It will definitely awkward to look at. It is easy to fix, but you still have to do it right or else it will still look awkward.

Here some things you can fill up your space with. They can be nice to look at or functional or both.

1. Furniture

This must be the most obvious or easiest choice. You can put some side tables or shelves then fill it with decor or your collections. You can also place extra seating on it. It does not have to be obvious because you can put ottomans that can double as storage and also be used as a footstool. Another way you can do is to arrange your furniture accordingly. This means you will arrange your furniture in a way that will fill up space. That is why in choosing furniture, you should know the ones that will fit perfectly in your living room.

2. Artwork

If your space is against the wall, this will be great for hanging your artworks. It could be your collection or your own. It could also be photographs whether the artistic ones or something personal like of you and your family. Artworks also include sculptures, so you can have it fill corners or any empty space. You can even put some lightings to showcase it. 

3. Plants

This is also a great opportunity to add plants in corners and sides. It is a great way to add some color and decor to your home. Plants are not just great decor but also adds life to your home. If you are living in a city, this is also a great way for you to add some cleaner air and to have nature with you. If you are thinking you are too busy or not that good at plants, you can have succulents as an alternative. These plants do not require much watering but still have the benefits of other plants.

4. Extra Corner

Your living room must have a lot of space that you have an extra space fit for a room. Because of that, you can use this as an extra. If you are a reader and have a lot of books, you can make this corner a mini library or a reading corner with a seat and lamp. It could also be a corner for private conversations. If you have kids, it can be for them. You can install a playpen with a lot of toys. If you will be having visitors with kids, this will be a great way to keep an eye on them but still, have their own time. You can also put an office or a small workspace. The possibilities are endless for this, and it will surely cater to your needs.