If you are looking for small living room ideas, take inspiration from our gallery of beautiful small space designs to make the most 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.
Small living rooms need to be kept fresh and uncluttered with well-chosen storage. A great way to make a small living room feel larger is to keep it meticulously tidy and in order to do that, everything in the room needs to have its proper place.
Floating shelves are perfect for small rooms because they can hold a lot of things on a wall or in alcoves, or choose bespoke fitted, floor-to-ceiling shelves and cupboards that make use of every inch of spare space.
Make the most of natural light in the room by keeping window dressings simple.
If you are lucky enough to have high ceilings, full-length curtains are a good choice as they’ll draw the eye upwards and create the illusion of space, even if the square footage in your living room is a bit meagre. Subtle stripe designs add to the feeling of extra depth.
If you do choose curtains, make sure they can be swept away from the window for light or alternatively go for Roman or roller blinds.
Add large wall mirrors and furniture with reflective surfaces into your design scheme to maximise the amount of natural light in your living room to make it feel bigger and brighter.
If you like your living room cute and cosy, try clustering colour-co-ordinated objects together – from pictures to cushions – to create a coherent look.
Think about living room wallpaper designs to complement your lounge. Make the most of a compact home with these clever room brightening and space-saving decorating tips for small rooms.
Make a feature of alcove by painting it in a striking colour. Even the smallest addition of colour can make a big impact on any space. Paint offers you almost endless options when it comes to giving your space a brand new look that will detract away from the actual size of the room. Here a red painted recess adds interest and warmth to this cosy room, with the colour being picked up on accessories.
Layer up the stoney tones and sand colours to push back the walls and floor and open up the space. This palette works really well with a modern country style living room and is a very easy look to live with.
Make the most of the unused space under the stairs by incorporating everything from storage to quirky accessories. If you have space issues in your small abode and need to make the most of every nook and cranny then turn to that nimble spot under the stairs into a warm and cosy living space. Here, a built-in bookcase and sofa tucks in neatly in that often unloved and underused area.
Just because your living room is verging on the small side, it doesn’t mean that you should hide away all your favourite belongings in storage. If you have objects that are worthy of showing off then display them along an open shelf, above the sofa. This idea is great for when floor space is at a premium.
Give a white room heaps of character and personality by adorning it with artwork that you just can’t live without. A crisp, clear wall is a good backdrop for styling with colourful accessories and won?t make the space feel cluttered. Keep to a palette of one or two colours to keep the look consistent and cohesive.
The Squiggle rug by Vivienne Westwood at The Rug Company
As one of the most social spaces in the house, your living room needs to look good, work hard and function well. Create an open-plan seating area that feels cosy, yet seamlessly linked to the rest of your home. A drop-leaf table is perfect for a small space.
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This is the simplest of colour schemes – with a stencilled phrase for added interest – and it makes the space feel larger than it really is. Purple elements provide a bold contrast against a white backdrop in this elegant living room.
Mirrors can completely transform the look and feel of a room as they reflect light and create an impression of space Here, a large mirror gives the impression of more space in the room. Homely accessories add warm touches, while matching side tables and lamps bring symmetry to the scheme.
Give architectural features a modern update with a fresh coat of paint and light retouching. Here original features have been painted to give this living room a modern edge. The black fireplace remains the focal point, and adds a sense of cosiness along with the chunky sofa and rustic wooden coffee table. A wool rug brings texture to the scheme and enhances the inviting feel of the room.
Don?t let limited space cramp your style. Choosing a sofa that has slim legs that allow you to see the floor below creates a feeling of space in your living room. Pick a retro-style sofa and you’ll be bang on trend too.
If you’re short on space, make the most of every square inch you have. Living room alcoves provide a wealth of untapped storage space so fit shelves into yours and paint the same shade as your walls for a smart storage solution.
One of the simplest ways to create a feeling of space in your living room is to decorate with pale shades and choose light-coloured furniture and flooring. If you have children, protect your sofa from spills and marks with colourful throws.
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Ask yourself, can I mount my TV on the wall? If you can, you should. You’ll be able to do away with your bulky TV unit, which will instantly free up floor space in your living room. Just remember to replace it with compact CD and DVD storage.
If you do not have room for a large bookshelf, books can be stacked in more unusual places. Here, the radiator has been used a surface to create a storage space that is both functional and stylish, and well within reach of the cosy sofa.
To instantly open and brighten a smaller space, introduce graphic prints and wall art in bold colours, which look great when teamed with furniture in neutral shades and wooden accessories.
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Opting for a low-slung armchair instead of a large sofa is a great way to save space without sacrificing style or comfort. Choosing a velvet fabric in a rich shade keeps the looks classic and sophisticated.
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