It’s only normal to want your home to look and sound its best, and there’s something exhilarating about decorating for a smaller space that forces you to think beyond the box. Designing a tiny living room, on the other side, maybe a minefield due to its limited scale. You’ll certainly make several errors along the way, but small living rooms will look seriously trendy when properly decorated with a few basic tricks.
Any home’s living room is a key focal point, if not the focal point. However, in small apartments and homes, it’s always one of just two or three spaces, so it has to serve several purposes in a small space. One of the things to keep an eye on is the small-space living room’s chameleon-like appearance. When we understand that we don’t need more things or more rooms, it’s crazy what we can do in a small space. All we need is a little bit of imagination.
So, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite renovations, along with inspiring interior photos, to help you figure out how to increase your square footage without demolishing your home, and making your room feel big enough to accommodate all of your entertaining and lounging fantasies.
Keep it simple but stylish
A limited space poses a number of design challenges, and it’s simple for furniture to take on the room’s personality.
If you don’t have a lot of space to deal in, keep it easy… but simple doesn’t have to mean dull. Since this is where we spend the majority of our time, it’s critical to fill it with décor elements that represent your style and taste.
To keep it exciting and colorful, combine bright colors, different fabrics, and shapes, and infuse a few neutral elements to keep the scheme from becoming overdone. Infuse a chic flair into a small room with a combination of metallic textures, nostalgic knickknacks, or personal artwork.
Delineate Functions Using Rugs
Looking for a different way to make space seem larger? Choose a rug that will physically distinguish the floated seating area from the rest of the room’s functions. A rug is both practical and trendy, but most significantly, it anchors a room and sets the tone for the rest of the furniture.
Unlike small rags, a big scale adds structure to a small room while still creating the appearance of extra length and width. Just make sure it’s large enough to cover all of the furniture legs so it doesn’t offer the appearance of a smaller room.
Keep the room feeling cozy
With a few décor touches, you can turn a crowded living space into a comfortable sanctuary.
To begin, add a mural accent wall to add some much-needed dimension to the gallery. To warm up a small room, add a luxurious leather armchair or a natural-fiber rug, then layer in tactile cushions and a fluffy throw for a finished look. The aim is to create an interior that is less cramped and more usable while also feeling comfortable and inviting.
Try Café-Style Seating
If you’ve ever attempted to eat dinner at a coffee table, you know it’s impossible because you don’t like being hunched over to the point that your nose brushes against your knees. However, a single person—or even a couple of people—doesn’t need a large dining room table to satisfy their daily needs. Consider a round café table and two seats if your living room also serves as a dining room. With the addition of two folding chairs, it can comfortably be taken away from the wall to seat four people for a dinner party.
Make furniture multi-functional
When you don’t have a lot of rooms, multi-functional, hardworking furniture is your best friend. A pouf will quickly turn into a coffee table, giving you a place to put your book or remote while still providing additional seating when you have visitors. You can also get a sofa with storage under the seat, which will help you to clear some clutter at any time. Despite the shape and scale of the space, most small apartment living room furniture reveals that the right piece can be used in many forms and still look beautiful.
Float a selection of furniture
When you’re short on inventory, floating your furniture fools the eye into believing you’ve taken up less.
Consider furniture that doesn’t touch the ground and can be comfortably wall-mounted. A hanging lucite chair, for example, is perfect apartment living room furniture because it is see-through, reduces the clutter of legs, gives the appearance of more space, and is super fun and funky. A wall-mounted sconce in place of a floor lamp; a wall-mounted shoe rack in place of a coat rack… The possibilities are infinite!
Layer your lighting
Why is it so important to layer light in interior design?
So… To begin with, it aids in the creation of a mood in a room. But, most significantly, combining various types of lighting in a narrow living space creates a distinct tone and sense of attraction.
The way you layer and play with lighting will turn a drab, cramped room into something even more interesting. The secret tool for lighting a small living room is combining different styles and holding light sources at various levels — floor lamps, chandeliers, and task lights — to make it feel larger and more visually pleasing.
Display artwork strategically
For small space decorating ideas, the old adage of “decorating with craft” still holds true. In a small room, bringing artwork up pulls the eye upwards and sets the mood.
A gallery wall will add style to a small room, and as it reaches the ceiling, the eye is immediately drawn to this eye-catching aspect, giving the impression of visual height.
Design to emphasize the vertical
There are two dimensions of every interior space: vertical and horizontal. If your living room is small and has a low ceiling but a high ceiling, you can make the most of the extra space by decorating it in a way that draws the eye upwards.
Floor-to-ceiling drapes are a fashionable way to maximize vertical space. This strategy can highlight tall walls, and it will also bring airiness and height to a small living space. Similarly, eclectic wallpaper or a series of small to midsize artwork highlights the vertical dimension by allowing the eye to explore above eye level, making a small room feel far bigger and grander than it is.
Do scale down on furniture
Any piece of furniture that takes up relatively little visual space can make a room seem larger. For example, using proportion and scale to create a sense of volume in the room, such as a lower couch with thin arms. Low-profile, streamlined furniture, especially sofas, will not overshadow or dominate the room in any situation.
Instead of a typical sofa and coffee table, you might choose two loveseats or ottomans. The light-weight architecture and small size are ideal for a small apartment room because they improve traffic flow and have more arranging opportunities.