If you work from home and you don’t love your space, you will go nuts. There’s no way to sugarcoat it.
So blogger Justin Livingston of Scout Sixteen really needed to make his NYC living room a happier + more productive place to spend all his time.
Justin asked Orlando of Homepolish for help, and we all teamed-up to transform this once-drab room with color and functional personality.
See how Justin’s rental got totally revamped, and learn Orlando’s his 5 essential small living room design tips! There’s at least one idea you can start using in your space this weekend.
1. Choose small-scale furniture.
“Justin’s living room is a typical East Village apartment, meaning it’s smaller than your average living space. I chose a 7’ sofa and smaller scale chairs as to not dwarf the space. There was really only room for one full-size side table next to the sofa, so we used a smaller stool on one side.”
2. Get lighting off the tabletops.
“I chose these large wall-mounted sconces to save precious tabletop surfaces for more important things. Like cocktails. In homes without built-in overhead lighting this is especially helpful.”
3. Hide ugly stuff.
“Being a blogger, Justin has all sorts of little camera accessories and power cords that are ugly and don’t reflect his flawless personal style. So I provided him with storage containers for his shelves to hide all that stuff while keeping the room looking chic. An added bonus is his vintage trunk side table, which serves the dual purpose of storing additional accessories and also gives the room some age and character.”
4. Use a narrow coffee table.
“There’s nothing worse than banging your shins all over your coffee table. I chose a slim coffee table for Justin so that he could easily get around his living without having to injure himself. Allowing at least 18” between a sofa and a coffee table is ideal and prevents the space from looking too crowded.”
5. Keep color cohesive.
“The inspiration for Justin’s new space was the incredibly beautiful rug, which is filled with lovely pinks, blues, yellows, and greys. Those colors are reflected in the accent pillows and the accent chairs. The base color for the room is grey, but because Justin and his friends are young and fun, we brought in a ton of color. The art by Shane Neufeld was the icing on the cake that really brought it all home.”
Featured: Mid-Century Overarching Wall Sconces // Multi Pixel Woven Wool Rug // Peggy Mid-Century Sofa // Kisanii Pillows // Narrow Box Frame Coffee Table // Remy Side Table // Softest Throw // Retro Wing Chairs // Wall Art
Justin Livingston is the founder of Scout Sixteen. Follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Orlando Soria is the founder of Hommemaker and the creative director of Homepolish. Follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Photos: Claire Esparros