17 Beautiful Small Living Rooms That Work

Don't let your small living room ruin your style

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    How to Decorate a Small Living Room

    Living room with a grey couch and gold accents

    Don't let your small living room pinch your style. So what if it's a tiny white box with zero crown molding? Or it's scarcely big enough for a regular size sofa? No matter how small, it can still look stylish whether you own or rent. To prove our point, we gathered the best décor tricks for personalizing the most lived-in spot in your home.

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    Embrace Your White Walls

    White room with white furniture and house plants
    Ikea Ideas Lab

    Can't paint your white walls? Consider embracing a white-on-white interior. Pairing your walls with equally pale furniture is an elegant and straightforward way to make any small space feel brighter and larger.

    For character add pops of colors and splashes of texture. Interior designer Mercedes Daczi personalized this white living room with a range of colorful and textural accents including houseplants and wicker furnishings.

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    Work Your Weird Angles

    Oddly shaped living room with a gallery wall

    An awkwardly shaped living room can be baffling to decorate, but no space is ever too odd for beautiful decor.

    You can turn a weird wall into a focal point. The owner of this apartment turned the vertical space around her bedroom door into a salon styled gallery wall.

    Not sure where to put the sofa? A bold pattern can establish a center point in an oddly shaped area. Here peonies wallpaper anchors the living room.

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    Pile on the Textiles

    Two shots of a small living room with creative fabric wall decor and a couch covered with a tapestry
    Happy Interior Blog

    Turn a cramped living room into a boho haven with fabric. Houseplant expert Igor Josifovic piles on the textiles in his tiny living room with a cotton tapestry and Kilim pillows to dress up a budget sofa. We love the Turkish rug that makes sitting on the floor more inviting. Next to the woven wall hanging is our favorite décor: Igor framed a kitchen towel that was too cute to use. 

    Design from ​Happy Interior Blog.

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    Stop Living Dorm-Style

    small living room with couch, bike hanging on wall, and floating desk

    Does your living room scream overgrown teenager? This ​small​ bachelor pad is brimming with tips for "adulting" an apartment.

    The elegant bike shelf keeps wheels up and out of the way while turning the bicycle into a decorative wall hanging. Another smart idea that doesn't squander floor space is the floating desk that spans the left side of the room. Its built-in drawers provide a good deal of storage. But what transforms this 500 square foot studio into a cozy grown-up home are the various details and décor styles that add one-of-a-kind character from the colorful prints to the refined furniture.

    Design from Homepolish.

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    Add Living Color

    Gray couch with a coral pillow and throw and bright plants
    Candy Pop

    Nothing prettifies a living room like plants. Blooming perennials like daffodils or tulips add lovely color, while leafy beauties including ferns and spider plants bring interesting texture (plus they clean indoor air!) Don't like gardening? Try a few low-maintenance options from the succulent family and put them in cute DIY planters.

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    Transform That Boring Box Shaped Living Room

    Living room with a dark purple accent wall
    Joe Human

    If your living room is lacking architectural detail, it's easy to create an affordable and unique touch without undergoing a complete and costly renovation. Show off your personal style by creating a feature wall that transforms your room into an eye-catching focal point.

    Design from Joe Human.

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    The Perfect Sofa for Narrow Living Rooms

    Narrow living room with white walls and grey furniture

    A living room that's both narrow and small can be particularly challenging to decorate. However, like in this bright and airy space redone by Decor Aid, a carefully chosen sectional sofa can make the most of the precious square footage. Look for sofas that are long and can lean up against a wall to give your living room more depth.

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    Raise the Ceiling With Vertical Stripes

    Living room with blue walls covered with shelves and artwork
    Sheer and Company

    If your low ceiling is cramping your style take a good look at these walls in a home decorated by Sheer and Company. The subtle vertical stripes make the low ceiling in this compact living room seem higher.

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    Gold Decor Is Perfect for Small Spaces

    Living room with gray sofa and gold accents

    Glamorizing a small living room isn't a problem if you watch the scale of your furniture. For instance, an overstuffed couch will make any small space feel minuscule. However, an apartment size sofa that's also close to the ground (as shown) will have the opposite effect.

    Keeping scale in mind is also important when adding the Midas touch. All of the gold décor shown in this small living room work with the low profile couch. But there's more! See the transparent coffee table? Since it doesn't take up visual residency, it creates the illusion of more floor space.

    Design from Havenly.

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    Create a Jewel Box Living Room

    Ornate living room in silver tones with orange accents
    David Long Design

    The small living room in this luxe London apartment designed by David Long is the epitome of regal chic. A silvery-gray palette sets the stage for a layer of beautiful accessories in rich colors and lush fabrics. The cherry on top is the commissioned portrait that makes the room feel bigger by drawing the eye up.

    Design from David Long Designs.

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    Rethink the Gap Behind the Living Room Sofa

    Living room with shelves behind the couch
    Designs by Human

    Adding a bookcase or shelves behind your sofa is a sneaky and effective way to add visual interest and storage to your living room.

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    Shabby Chic Works in Small Spaces

    Shabby chic living room with pink accent wall

    Before Scandi style became au courant, shabby chic ruled. But that doesn't mean the once wildly popular décor trend is passe.

    Here's a teensy living room that beautifully illustrates shabby chic style noted for its light colors, white slipcovered furniture, and vintage accents. From the comfortable love seat to the pink Fleurette armchair, the enchanting touch that completes the look is the fun-size chandelier.

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    Modern, Boho-Inspired Living Room

    If you're looking to start decorating your space from scratch, the living room in this 600 square foot apartment decorated by Havenly reveals a simple formula for small space decorating.

    First, stick with low profile furniture (as we mentioned earlier) in neutral colors. Leggy pieces like the coffee table create a sense of spaciousness because you can see more of the floor. For pops of color add a houseplant or two and patterned rug. Next, fill that big blank space over your sofa with a statement-making print or oversize mirror. Need a floor lamp but don't have an inch of horizontal room to spare? Consider something wall-mounted.

    Design from Havenly.

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    Decorate Like the French

    Living room with couch, table, and large mirror on the wall
    Paris Perfect

    The petite living room in this Paris apartment had us at bonjour. The teensy space triples as the dining room and kitchen too without feeling crowded or skimping on old world style. A few smart decorating tricks made it possible.

    First, furnishing it with just the bare essentials, a sofa for lounging and dining set for eating or working, doesn't squander a drop of square footage. Second, a small selection of formal embellishments from the crystal chandelier to the ornate mirror melds Parisian chic with practical function. 

    Apartment (for rent!) from Paris Perfect.

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    Perfect Small Living Room Pairings

    Teal couch in a small living room with mirrored wall
    Black and Milk

    Midcentury furniture and small living rooms go together like falafel and tahini (or any other classic food pairing).

    How so? Many Midcentury designs like the dining set shown on the left, are low-slung and leggy, which looks proportionally better in little rooms.

    Large mirrors, like the floor to ceiling mirror behind the sofa, also pair beautifully with small square footage because they visually expand the size of an area.

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    How to Anchor a Living Room With Furniture

    Living room with couch, chairs, and nesting tables
    IDF Studio

    When it comes to decorating rooms of all sizes, an alpha object is what anchors a space. In this living room, it's the plush pullout sofa, which doubles as a guest bed. The nesting tables and upholstered storage ottomans also have dual purposes for entertaining and hosting.

    Design from decorated IDF Studio.

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    Matchy Matchy Living Room Furniture Is Boring

    Mismatched furniture and a dog in a small living room
    Alvhem Makleri

    This living room feels grander than its actual size thanks to low-slung furniture. Give your space more texture and personality by incorporating mismatched furniture and decor from different eras. Like the contemporary sofa and vintage leather chairs in this room, different textured pieces can look just as seamless as a complete set.