Small Living Room

Break out the measuring tape; it’s time to redesign your living room.

What’s that? It’s too small?

Nonsense! There are plenty of ways to redesign a small living room. In fact, we happen to have seven of them right here.

Lucky you!

Take a look and find some inspiration to start your new design.

1. Make Use of Vertical Decorating

Blank walls only accentuate the small size of a room. By decorating walls from top to bottom, you extend the appearance of your ceiling and create tons of visual interest in your design.

Take the time to build a gallery wall on one side of the room.

Use frames of different sizes, shapes, and colors to add some fun to your wall. Just make sure to keep the colors in the same palette as the rest of your design so it’s nice and cohesive.

If storage is a problem, get a tall bookshelf to put in your living room. A bookcase not only adds storage space but can make your room look taller.

Another way to utilize the height of the room is to hang your curtains much higher than you normally would. By hanging your curtains near the ceiling, you create the illusion that the room is taller than it is.

Keep the curtains a basic, solid color, but add more fabric to make them look fuller.


2. Choose Multipurpose Furniture

In small spaces, functionality is key.

Choose furniture that serves more than one purpose to make the most of the space you have. You want to get a lot of use out of only a few pieces.

For example, replace your traditional coffee table with ottomans.

Ottomans can be used as a table if you add a tray on top to hold things. They also double as extra seating for guests or a place to put your feet up when you want to relax.

You could use a regular coffee table for all of that, but it wouldn’t be nearly as comfortable.

Furniture with built-in storage is a great way to keep your living room clutter-free.

To keep your small space nice and clean, get an entertainment center with drawers or footrests with storage space inside. You can use those extra spaces to store DVDs, remotes, books, or even throw blankets.

3. Mount Furniture on the Wall

Floor space is prime real estate in a small living room. So get your furniture off the floor.

Lamps are the best example of this. Plug-in wall sconces keep your lighting off the floor without the need for an electrician. Swinging arm lamps can be moved side to side and light a wider area.

Your entertainment center doesn’t even have to be on the floor!

Use a strong floating shelf under your wall-mounted television to hold your devices. You can easily fit extra seating or storage underneath it.

Hanging baskets on self-adhesive hooks provide storage options that don’t take up valuable room. They can be put to work holding toys that don’t fit anywhere else, remote controls, etc.

Any furniture that must sit on the floor can still play its part in freeing up space.

Opt for furniture with long legs. The empty area under the couch and tables will help your small living room feel airier and make it seem like there is a lot more floor space.

4. Light Is Your Best Friend

Nothing opens up a room like light.

Let as much natural light into your living room as possible to make it feel more spacious. Bouncing the light off of brightly colored walls and reflective surfaces make a room naturally feel bigger.

No natural light? No problem.

Paint your walls a light, bright color. White even works in small rooms. Dark walls have the opposite effect, making a space seem more closed in, so avoid them if you can.

A large mirror on one wall gives a small living room a big vibe.

In the same way, glass or mirrored furniture opens the room up far more than solid furniture does. It’s almost as if it takes up no space at all!

5. Think Outside the Sofa

Small and awkward rooms can make it impossible to fit a traditional sofa.

Or, maybe you just don’t want a big piece cluttering up your living room.

Try something a little different and gather a collection of matchy but not identical chairs. You can place them around your living room to add seating without blocking off the flow of the space.

If you prefer furniture with more than one seat, we have you covered.

A loveseat or oversized cuddler chair takes up less space than a couch and provides a spot for one or two people to sit together.

You could also pick out a daybed, which takes up less room than a hefty sofa while being just as comfortable.

And comfort is the most important thing in the living room!

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6. Embrace Your Cozy Side

A small living room is a perfect excuse to create a cozy, intimate space in your home.

Here’s where dark colored walls are your friend. By using a dark paint color, you keep the room closed in and comfy.

Stick a big sectional in one corner, spread a plush rug on the floor, and you’ll have the perfect spot to snuggle up and watch some movies.

Capitalize on the small space and create a soft, inviting vibe.

The key is to keep all your furniture close together so the seating area is small. You don’t have to worry about making the room feel bigger if you like it nice and cozy.

7. Go Big in a Small Space

Draw attention away from the size of your living room with a statement piece!

A large, elegant light fixture like a chandelier creates a focal point and functions as a conversation starter. Plus, it brings in a lot of light to keep your ceiling bright.

Go bold by adding an accent wall as a backdrop for your couch.

Keep everyone’s eyes moving by incorporating a variety of colors and patterns that go well together. Visual interest works amazingly well in a small living room.

When you’re picking out a rug, go for a big one that won’t break up the floor. It pulls the room together and keeps it from seeming so confined.

Even if you don’t have a lot of space to work with, you can still have a big style.

In Conclusion

Your living room may be a challenge, but you’ve got this!

Now that you’re aware of all these ways to redesign a small living room, you can give it some style and make it uniquely yours.

Go super cozy or big and bright — just do you.

The size of your living room shouldn’t prevent you from having the space of your dreams.

Author Bio:
Caitlin Sinclair has seven years of experience in managing high-end apartment communities. Her ability to deliver white-glove service to her residents and prospects has propelled her into a successful career that now finds her leading the team at Harvest at Fiddyment Ranch