Small spaces can be difficult to decorate, so to help make decorating your small living room a little easier, we’re sharing 10 ways you can design your living room to make the most out of the space you do have without feeling cramped or claustrophobic.
1. Define The Space With A Rug
If you live in an open concept space, define your living room with a rug. This designates the space as the living room and prevents the entire apartment from feeling a little too open.
See more photos of this apartment, here. Designed by Tatiana Nicol.
2. Use Glass Or Lucite Furniture
Furniture that’s made from clear materials will let more light pass through and allow you to see through them, making the room appear larger. The clear furniture also doesn’t block off the space in the same way other, more solid materials do.
3. Use Multiple Small Tables To Create A Modular Coffee Table
A single large coffee table in a small space can make the room feel even tighter than it actually is. Using multiple smaller tables give you the freedom to play with their configuration and their positions in the room.
See more photos of this apartment, here. Designed by Fimera Design Studio. Photography by Kris Shopov.
See more photos of this duplex, here. Interior design by NYC Interior Design.
4. Add A Pop Of Color To A Neutral Room
Leaving the walls white or using a light wood and having a light floor are both great ways to keep the room feeling bright, open, and larger, but it can also make the space feel cold, uninviting, and impersonal. Avoid those things by including a few pops of a bold color to give the room personality while keeping it bright at the same time.
See more photos of this house, here. Designed by LLI Design. Photography by Alex Maguire Photography.
See more photos of this house, here. Designed by Heliotrope Architects. Photography by Sean Airhart Photography.
5. Surround Your TV With Storage
A custom built storage unit surrounding your TV will give you tons more space to store things like books, treasures, and other decorative details while also creating the perfect spot for the TV. You can use open shelving, closed cupboards, or a combination of the two to keep everything in their place and free up floor space in your small living room.
Designed by Studio 360. Photography by Miran Kambic.
6. Put Your Corners To Work
No matter what the size of the room is that you’re working with, chances are you’ve got at least one corner that can be used to your advantage. Corner shelves, a corner lamp, or a large plant will all draw the eye further into the room and upwards, creating the illusion that the room is larger and taller than it actually is.
See more corner shelving ideas, here. Corner shelf DIY by A Beautiful Mess. Photography by Sarah and Josh Rhodes.
Tripod Floor Lamp from Target
7. Make Your Coffee Table Do Double Duty
If you’re really tight for space or you’d just like to save as much space as possible, consider combining your dining table and coffee table into one convenient table that can transform from one to the other quickly and easily.
Bellagio Table from Resource Furniture.
MK1 Transforming Coffee Table from Duffy London.
8. Use Small Furniture
If your space is small your furniture should be too. There’s no use in trying to fit a full sized sectional into a teeny tiny living room, you’ll end up feeling squished and reducing the number of other things you can include in the room. Smaller furniture will give you more space but keep the room functional and welcoming.
Eddy Sectional from West Elm
9. Sneak In Storage
In a small living room you’re going to want to get in as much storage as possible. Wheter it’s for extra blankets, a secret book collection, or seasonal decor, make sure you have a place for it all with storage in either the couch, the coffee table, or an ottoman to keep things out of sight but easily accessible.
Reversible Chaise Sectional from Infini Furnishings via Wayfair.
Upholstered Storage Ottoman from West Elm.
10. Embrace Minimalism
Going without lots of furniture and decor items makes it easier to keep the space feeling larger and more open, in part because the room actually is more open without all the extra stuff. Stick to a simple design that has just enough stuff in it to make you feel comfortable, and leave out the rest.
See more photos of this home, here. Designed by Asante Architecture & Design. Photography by Marius Rua.
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