Good things come in small packages – 6 of the best tiny living rooms

  • We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article.
  • Having a small space doesn’t mean you can’t go big on style

    We aren’t all blessed with cavernous living rooms with high ceilings and more square footage than we know what to do with. For most of us (and if you live in a city, nearly all of us) space comes at a premium and ‘compact living’ is a phrase we are more than familiar with.

    That said, a lack of space doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. We have found 7 of our favourite tiny living rooms that prove good things come in small packages.

    Keep it to scale

    If you have a little living room, don’t go overboard with a huge L-shaped sofa that’s big enough for the whole family, the dog and the neighbours when they pop round for a cuppa. Large furniture will easily overwhelm a small space, so keep it simple – a two-seater sofa works perfectly in this sunny living room and a neutral scheme keeps things feeling light and bright.

    Play with patterns

    Don’t be afraid to experiment with fun, bold patterns in a small room. This fabulous floral print not only creates a beautiful statement in this snug space but it also sets the colour theme for the room, which is drawn upon in the soft furnishings and accessories. This gives the space a lovely unified, considered feel.

    Nice and neutral

    Like we mentioned earlier, neutral tones will help a small room to feel larger. Light coloured carpets, walls and furniture are a great way to keep a space feeling bright and airy, whatever the size of the room. We love the little extra touches in this charming living room – the wall-mounted shelving unit provides the perfect space for personal mementos and accessories.

    Make it multi-functional

    If your living room doubles up as a place for guests to stay, multi-functional furniture will make the world of difference. Here a tailor-made day bed doubles as a sofa and a cosy place for guests to rest their head. Built-in storage is an added bonus, especially when tight on space! The chest that is being used as a coffee table also acts as additional storage.

    Go big

    Go big, in a tiny room? Didn’t we just tell you not to buy a massive sofa? Yes, yes, but when it comes to wall décor and artwork, it’s a different story. If you’ve got the wall space, use it! This small living room makes a big impact that’s to this floral mural.

    Savvy storage

    Dual-purpose furniture is a great starting point, but if you’re in need of a little extra space don’t underestimate the power of freestanding furniture and built-in bookcases. Got an alcove you’re not making the most of? Add shelving to instantly free up some floor space. Wicker baskets under the coffee table provide a great place for blankets, magazines and whatever else you need close to hand, so make the most of every nook and cranny!

    If you loved this, be sure to take a look at some of our favourite dual-purpose finds.

    All the latest from Ideal Home