Country-style living rooms come in all shapes and sizes dont be put off using the traditional prints and decorative furniture of this style in a compact room. Take inspiration from rural cottages with small yet perfectly formed rooms and employ a few decorating tricks to make country style work in a small living room.
Firstly, ensure there is no wasted space in a compact country living room. Fill alcoves or bay windows with built-in storage. If there is little room for a side table next to your sofa, position a narrow console behind a sofa to serve as a display shelf.
Choose seating with legs so more of the floor can be seen this will make the room appear bigger. This trick lends itself well to a country living room, as many classic-style sofas and armchairs are finished with beautiful turned wooden legs. Rather than choosing matching seating from the same range, create an eclectic look by teaming a selection of pieces upholstered in different fabrics. Shopping this way means you can compare seating from several retailers to find slimline pieces that are better suited to a compact room.
Country style is all about creating a welcoming atmosphere. Have fun with mixing up classic pattern, such as florals, ticking stripes and Toile de Jouy-inspired rural scenes. Fabrics or wallpapers that feature animals, such as dogs or chickens, will instantly add country charm. Just be sure to choose fabrics and papers in co-ordinating colours to keep the look cohesive, and stick to medium or small-sized prints so the compact room is not overwhelmed by pattern.
Living room with floral cushion display
A welcoming sofa with low arms and elegant legs is a trim option for a smaller country living room. Update it with cushions in gorgeous floral patterns and team it with grey oak floorboards and a violet rug. A console positoned behind the sofa will provide additional tabletop space.
Get in the vintage mood with two unmatched armchairs and a curvy marble-topped side table, ideal for adding shapely design without cluttering up a small living room. Going for eclectic furniture like this – rather than a three-piece suite, for example – means you can shop around for slimline rather than matching pieces that tend to take up more space. Lighten up the feel with white painted floorboards and a lace design rug.
Choose a cupboard rather than a low-level unit for storing your TV so you can close the doors on it when it’s not in use and streamline the living room. The shelves and cupboard space can also house books and gaming consoles so you won’t need to allow for additional storage space for them elsewhere. Make the play area cosy with vibrant cushions.
Similar TV cabinet
Give a storage boost to a white living room with a retro-look multicoloured cupboard. This one has doors and drawers in a mix of useful sizes making it easy to stash – and find – all those bits and bobs. Sideboards are a good option in smaller rooms as they also provide tabletop space where there might not be room for a table – particularly useful for lighting. We’ve completed the look with a chair dressed in a bold bird print.
When all the chores are done, hang up your apron and settle back in a blonde wood rocking chair, complete with plumped cushions in sweet cornflower blue and cheery yellow. In a small living room like this, a wooden chair is a good alternative to an upholstered version, which would take up a lot more space. It can be just as comfortable and relaxing to sit in, too – especially if it rocks!
Smart stripes are just the thing to refresh a living room, making a big impression in a restricted space. Try a gentle stripe on walls set against a bolder sofa pattern then pile on a cushion mix. Keeping the colours pale and toning across all aspects of the room helps to open up the space. The rustic trestle table strikes a relaxed note.
Create a practical living room feature using smart storage trunks and vintage leather cases on an upholstered bench. The tartan theme continues with plaid wallpaper, while a rustic memo board keeps track of paperwork. Using a stack of cases like this is a great way of boosting the storage capacity of a small living room without having to bring in space-hogging cupboards or shelf units.
Take a softly-softly approach to decorating a small living room with neutrals and soft greens. Scaled-up ferns on wallpaper and frond-pattern sofa cushions are enhanced by framed botanical prints. Bring in warmth with a retro-style coffee table. Using a single key theme adds personality and a point of interest that distracts from the dimensions of a small room.
If your living room doubles up as dining space, select a sideboard with open display shelving so that its contents can clearly demarcate the different functions of the room. One large piece of storage furniture may be a better option than multiple smaller pieces: this sideboard incorporates drawers as well as open shelving, so additonal storage might not be required. Here we’ve used vintage wine crates for neat storage of napkins and tablecloths. The pale wood cabinet and chair stand out against duck egg blue wallpaper.
Free up shelf unit and bookshelf space by hanging box shelves on a feature wall rather than standing them on a surface. Use them for displaying items or for practical storage purposes. Show off retro-style digital cameras or other favourite collections. These boxes are hung from leather straps with each containing its own mini tableau vivant. A cool blue wall makes the perfect backdrop for showing off treasures.