If you are looking for small living room ideas, take inspiration from our gallery of beautiful small space designs to unlock the potential of your compact living room.
When you are redecorating, one of the easiest ways to make a small living room feel more spacious is to inject soft, pastel shades into your design scheme to keep the room warm and inviting – check out our ideas for living room colour schemes for more inspiration.
Take a look at these small living room ideas to get you started.
Small Living Room Ideas
If your living room is cramped and cluttered, the last thing you’ll want to do is hang out there. That is, unless you trick your eye into thinking your room is bigger than it appears. It’s not magic; it’s just smart styling. Get ready to Pin all these tips.
1. Monochrome with Color
If you just want to spice up a dull space, that one visual oddity can make all the difference. This is especially true in a small living room since there normally isn’t much to look at. The rug in this room is a great example because it breaks up the plainness and uniformity the room otherwise has. It also accomplishes this without being overly intrusive. It also forces you to look down at the floor, then up at everything else in the room, ensuring you see every bit of the room’s contents. The right accent pieces make all the difference.
2. A Marriage of Styles
What do you do when you don’t agree with your spouse on what to do with a space? This is a very common problem that just leads to hurt feelings and an empty wallet. Rather than try to push your style over theirs, figure out what elements each of you likes and incorporate both of your tastes into the room. This small living room design is a marriage of masculine and feminine with an exceptional mix of bold lines and pastel accents. The ceiling light is also a perfect representation of the two merged styles, being both geometrical and curvaceous.
3. Wooden Wonder
Whether you are working with a small living room or a large living room, balance makes all the difference in the world. This room proves that you don’t need outrageous shapes or colors to create a beautiful space. The untreated dark oak floorboards and the earthy color scheme come together to provide an elegant balance of light, shapes, textures and colors. Nothing in this room aggressively screams, “Look at me!” but the room also has just enough visual interest to command your attention. If a room like this does not give you several small living room design ideas, nothing will.
4. New York Shorty
Decorating a small living room is one thing, but decorating a small New York living room is a task and a half. This tiny abode is an exceptional study in taking advantage of what you have. The exposed brick wall, wood floors and tall, sunny windows were already there when this designer showed up. The only thing it was missing was color, and this darling space is the result. This space is all about contrast with the plain white animal busts on the brick wall and the colorful sofa and armchair complementing the earth tones of the floor and wall.
5. Sunlight and Shadow
This space demonstrates why color choice has such a large impact on a room. It shows that sometimes, achieving a stellar small living room design is as simple as using black and white. Using black, white and grey as your primary colors and adding a pop of color here and there would be a dramatic departure from the norm. The eye is drawn to color by nature, so it can be used to draw attention to specific areas of the room or it can be placed all over the room to provide a concise tour of the room in moments.
6. Seabird’s Nest
This cozy little space shows how small living room decor can quickly become an art form given the right pieces. In this room’s case, the abstract white sculptures on one wall and the feather painting on the other would probably point to an oceanic theme, but when you get to the blue area rug and notice the flowers, you begin to wonder if the room really is following a specific theme. Without those pieces of wall art, the room would look stale and a bit generic, which shows how even one piece can transform a room’s look in unexpected ways.
We’ve already discussed how black and white can yield some amazing results, but what about grey? Since grey is often dismissed as a “depressing” color, designers usually avoid it in their small living room designs in favor of livelier colors. As you can see in this cheerful Vancouver home, however, a soft and gentle color palette transforms that depressing grey into an elegant silver. The result is a relaxing, warm and welcoming space that isn’t harsh on the eyes. The white makes the room brighter without being blinding, while the neutral wooden accents add a sense of familiarity and warmth.
8. Beauty in Collaboration
If you get the feeling you’ve seen this room before, you are probably correct; this room was featured on Glitter Guide, one of the internet’s premier home, beauty and design blogs. Professional designers Michaela Noelle and Lauren Hooker turned to their online followers to help them design this lovely space, launching a home design experiment with wonderful results. This just goes to show that collaboration isn’t a bad thing. If you don’t have a precise plan in mind, a little guidance from friends and family members may give you the inspiration you need to nail down a design or theme.
This lovely small living room interior demonstrates the versatility of neutral tones and shows off how they can be just as bright and happy as other colors. The fur accents throughout the room keep the room from looking sterile and welcome guests as they enter. Even though the space is rather sunny, the neutral tones still make it look like a quiet little hideaway. This room also strikes a balance between round angles and sharp angles, making sure that neither one will overpower the other. This pleasant room embodies what home design should aspire to be: comforting, welcoming and fun.
There is nothing wrong with making interior design for small living room personal. It adds a unique character and charm exclusive to your home and makes it feel as though your living room really is yours. Incorporating family pictures, framed personal items and unique mementos into your design can make it all the more impactful. Just look at the black and white photos on the wall in this room. Another striking element in this room is the various street names on the wall. If that’s too personal for you, you could instead use cities you have lived in or visited.
11. Mellow Luxury
This small living room interior is a joy to behold. The strategic lighting paired with the room’s neutral tones is a stunning combination. They somehow turn the muted brown and tan room colors into stunning shades of copper and gold, adding a luxurious air. A surprising design choice is the tiled wall behind the television. It may seem out of place at first, but the tiles act as pseudo mirrors, reflecting the room’s lighting and faintly reflecting its contents, making the space seem larger. Overall, this small living room design gets quite creative without straying very far from the basics.
12. Fourth Wall
This is one of those small living room designs that uses one simple trick to pull off an amazing look. This room is actually lying to you. Although it looks like all the room’s walls are painted black, the reality is that only one is. Paired with the floorboards and the furniture, this room is like a little black dress: elegant, sleek and classic. The designer suggests that if you want to replicate this look in your own home to paint whatever wall has a window on it black and paint the rest white to preserve the room’s natural lighting.
13. Lonely to Cozy
At 175 square feet, this Hungarian living room is as small as it gets. Thanks to the shelving, mirrors, plush sofa and massive windows, however, this small living room doesn’t seem nearly so small. Throw in some fashionable and functional vintage pieces and you have a small room with a big personality. The rectangular table on the left in the foreground actually folds out to seat six people, somehow taking advantage of the room’s size constraints. The shelving unit is positioned such that the coffee table fits underneath it, giving the homeowner a space for the morning yoga they love.
One of the advantages of small living room decor is that designers have no choice but to think outside the box and this home is a perfect example. The wall-mounted console has multiple purposes in one, including as a generous display space and a computer desk. Mounting the desk on the wall means plenty space for storage underneath, fewer cords to worry about and no furniture legs to worry about breaking. The workspace is oversized, so you won’t use all of it. This means you can place decorations, important books or anything else you may need on the same surface.
15. Seaside Chic
If you have a more eccentric style in small living room decor, this next room is for you. Designer Caitlin Wilson demonstrates how eclectic can be classy with this bright and oceanic living room. Navy blues, seafoam greens and coral pinks unify the nautical theme without breaking out the pirate flags and peg legs. The wood flooring makes the space look like it belongs on a ship deck rather than making you feel like you want to walk the plank. Finally, the rug looks like flower petals floating on the ocean’s surface, adhering to the theme in a unique way.
16. For Guests
Sofa beds probably aren’t all that common in interior designs, but in living room designs for small spaces, they may become a necessity. This one in particular helps to contribute a stylish and modern feel to this room, as does the jagged floor lamp. This room also displays an excellent mix of textures and colors, cementing the sofa bed’s place in the room. If you find yourself having guests sleep over, a sofa bed is just what you need in a small home, without a guest bedroom. Would you have known this was a sofa bed if it wasn’t mentioned?
17. Exciting Minimalism
If you are worried about going monochromatic because of how dull it can seem, you’ll like one of these next small living room ideas. Those who aren’t into wildly varying colors will want to try just adding shades of brown instead. It subtly adds just the right amount of visual interest without making itself stand out too much. Another subtle touch is the green from the white flowers’ stems and the soft golden light from the candles. Although they’re both white, they also come with natural colors that don’t look forced. Try these techniques if you don’t want over-the-top color.
18. Modern Traditional
The eclectic style is one of the trickiest to master in home design. This is because of how difficult it can be to make something cohesive out of a mix of seemingly random elements. Taking a design that incorporates family photos, souvenirs from trips you went on, that cute vase you saw on sale last week and a fuchsia sofa usually doesn’t go well. Yet, this is pretty much what this room has accomplished. The key to pulling off an eclectic look is to take into account the room’s accessories just as much as the rest of the room’s furnishings.
19. Mustard Seed
In the last of our living room ideas for small spaces, we have this bright and unique room. This welcoming little space makes you feel right at home the moment you step inside. Family photos are proudly displayed at the very top of the shelving, while the television and fireplace stand ready to entertain guests. The charming wall color also enhances the room’s abundant natural lighting, which focuses its attention on the creamy white sofa adorned with a variety of fun and colorful pillows. This fanciful room embodies what a home should always aspire to be: comfortable, welcoming and personal.
20. Expressive Colors
Color is a crucial element in home decor, and the home of Danish couple Reinier and Nirvana is no exception. Color can be an indicator of your personality, and people with particular personalities gravitate toward certain colors on their own. For example, outgoing people like Nirvana tend to use brighter colors like orange, while intellectual people like Reinier often prefer blue. This is why home designers incorporate seemingly odd combinations of colors into their designs: to articulate the multifaceted personalities of their clients. Merging your family’s color preferences can be tricky, but the result will be more than worth it.
21. Cherry Cordial
Here is another modern beauty that makes excellent use of its open and airy layout and gentle innate lighting. One look at this room demonstrates why small living room organization is crucial to any design. In this room’s case, pay attention to the seating; everything is available without being forced. The ottomans and chairs are both small and manageable enough that they can be rearranged any which way without any fuss. Each piece feels distinct without being in the way. Even the houseplant in the rear is tucked away such that it still has presence but doesn’t crowd anything out.
22. Textures Matter
Textures can be just as beautiful as colors in small living room designs and this room is a shining example of why that is. The room makes such brilliant use of texture that you feel as though you could reach out and touch the brick walls. The coffee table is an exquisite marriage of rough and smooth, featuring hewn wood legs and a smooth glass top. The room’s lighting only enhances the appeal of the textures, nestling little flecks of light and shadow in every nook and cranny throughout the room. This room truly is a feast for the eyes.
23. Strategic Design
The designer of this next space had a vast array of small living room ideas in mind when they created this room. One technique used in this room is that the room’s sofas and chairs are arranged in in a “P” shape to promote interaction with guests. Another design element used in this room is to keep chairs and sofas facing toward a door rather than away. The reason for this is actually quite fascinating. Guests would actually feel less safe in the room if they couldn’t see a way out, even though they wouldn’t realize that they felt so.
24. Gentlemanly Monochrome
This room shows how living room ideas for small spaces can both suit your room’s style to your own and can follow a theme subtly. Take note of the colors for a moment: black, white, red and dark brown from the wood. They call to mind the mental image of a gentleman with a suit, cane and tie welcoming you into their home for coffee, don’t you think? The straight edges and lines lend to this room’s masculinity, as does the sophisticated and modern ceiling lighting. The fact you can picture the space’s owner in your mind’s eye is phenomenal.
25. Raise the Ceiling With Vertical Stripes
If your low ceiling is cramping your style take a good look at these walls in a home decorated by Sheer and Company. The subtle vertical stripes make the low ceiling in this compact living room seem higher.
26. The Perfect Sofa for Narrow Living Rooms
A living room that’s both narrow and small can be particularly challenging to decorate. However, like in this bright and airy space redone by Decor Aid, a carefully chosen sectional sofa can make the most of the precious square footage. Look for sofas that are long and can lean up against a wall to give your living room more depth.
27. Work Your Weird Angles
An awkwardly shaped living room can be baffling to decorate, but no space is ever too odd for beautiful decor.
You can turn a weird wall into a focal point. The owner of this apartment turned the vertical space around her bedroom door into a salon styled gallery wall.
Not sure where to put the sofa? A bold pattern can establish a center point in an oddly shaped area. Here peonies wallpaper anchors the living room.