15 Simple Small Living Room Ideas for Minimalist Style

Mid century inspired small living room

Haley Weidenbaum

Just because you have a small living room does not mean you have to skimp on style when it comes to decorating. Case in point, the following 15 simple small living rooms. Each one offers ideas for how to pack a lot of style and function into a small space using only simple things, but without making things feel crowded or uncomfortable.

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    Use a Monochrome Palette

    Small White Living Room with rustic accents
    Ikea Ideas Lab

    Creating an insanely chic small space is a cinch if you stick to a monochromatic palette as shown in this white living room featured on IKEA Ideas Lab. A few tricks keep this space from feeling cold and stark. Beautiful greenery enlivens the space with color. Natural wood and wicker accents add a dash of cozy, rustic style. 

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    Add Interest With Texture

    Neutral Toned Living Room with textured accents
    Jamie Keskin Design

    When square footage is exceptionally tight, make the most of your living room with small-scale furniture as shown in this space by Boston based Jamie Keskin Design. A love seat carves out a cozy spot for two. Two end tables that double as shelving whip up a spot store books. Textural elements like the wicker coffee table and ribbed ceramic lamps punch up the neutral color scheme. 

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    Include Luxe Accents

    Bright bold living room with luxurious accents
    Decoist

    You do not need a lot of stuff to make an elegant statement. In this lovely space spotted on the Decoist, furnishings and decorative accents in a mix of luxurious materials and chic colors elevates things. The marble coffee table is an attractive focal point. The green leather pouf and blue velvet side chair offer up eye-catching seatings. A plush Scandinavian inspired rug feels fantastic under bare feet. The starburst mirrors add sparkle without going overboard. The fiddle leaf fig tree, shown on the right brings a touch of nature.

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    Add a Cozy Sectional

    Mid century inspired small living room with round accents
    Haley Weidenbaum

    A minimalistic, "L" shaped sectional sofa is a great way to maximize seating in a small living room. A pitch-perfect example is shown in this space by Los Angeles based interior designer Haley Weidenbaum. Zero square footage goes to waste with the three-piece nesting coffee set. Not only do they provide extra function when needed but the two smaller tables instantly disappear when tucked under the large one. A leather woven chair is both a stylish and compact touch that does not add visual heft. The potted plants bring balance, beauty, and character.

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    Mix White and Dark Hues

    small Living Room with black couch and white walls
    Havenly

    Dark furnishings add depth to this white, small living room by Havenly, an online interior design service. Gobs of natural light keeps the gray sofa and cognac side chair from weighing the space down. Got high ceilings? A tall fiddle-leaf fig tree, as shown on the left, will contrast beautifully with crisp white walls. The rug on the adds a dose of room warming orange color while unifying the room's color scheme.

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    Choose Tiny Furniture

    super tiny living room plush sofa and color accents
    Haus Modelle

    When square footage is minimal, go for extra cozy small-scale pieces like the plush sofa in this space spotted on Haus Modelle. Colorful nesting side tables work as an expanding coffee table. A tiny bentwood stool from IKEA adds an extra seat. 

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    Mix Design Styles

    causal small living room with neutral palette
    IDF Studio

    IDF Studio, an interior design firm out of San Francisco created this small living room, which is a mash-up of California causal style combined with Scandinavian inspired décor. The pale color palette gives the space it's tranquil and relaxing vibe. Notice the backward books? Facing the pages out works with the room's color scheme.

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    Play With Scale and Color

    small livingroom with different sized accents and furniture
    Labl Studio

    Here is another example of how playing with scale works in a simply designed small living room. Here the interior designers at Labl Studio based in New York City combine a mini Chesterfield sofa with what appears to be a giant-sized desk lamp. The layered rugs on the floor lend visual texture and bold color. The clear acrylic side table on the left adds function without the visual heft that comes with furniture that is not see through.

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    Add Lush Greenery

    houseplants in tiny English living room
    Candy Pop

    Natasha, the blogger behind Candy Pop, skimps decorative features like a gallery wall in favor of small houseplants in her small living room. She says it makes times spent at home feel like summer 365 days a year.

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    Dress Up the Corners

    simply chic small living room with wall art
    Homepolish

    Make a small living room that feels stuffed in a tight corner feel more welcoming with these simple decorating tips from this space spotted on Homepolish, a decorating service that matches homeowners with interior designers. The rug on the floor carves out the nook. The window is the central focal point. The sofa below it anchors the area. The gallery wall on the left further defines the space. A small-scale marble coffee table and midcentury side chair bring practical function. 

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    Use Black for Depth

    Simple living room with black walls
    Studio McGee

    Black walls add depth to this small living room by Utah based interior design firm, Studio McGee. Loads of sunlight and the tall white storage unit on the left keeps the space from feeling cramped or dreary. An inexpensive striped rug anchors the room. The plush sofa makes things extra inviting. The armchair adds a pop of colorful interest. The oval glass topped coffee table takes up very little visual space.

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    Paint an Accent Wall

    small cozy paris living room with yellow accent wall
    Marion Alberge

    A bright yellow feature wall carves out a small living room in a pint-size one bedroom apartment by French interior designer Marion Alberge. Two pieces of small-scale furniture in soft colors, a sofa, and an armchair, bring comfort. The tiny, leggy coffee tables do not hog precious square footage.

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    Follow a Theme

    Pretty pink simple living room
    Michelle Gage

    We love this palm springs inspired living room by interior designer Michelle Gage based in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Plants everywhere and botanic wallpaper both give the simple living room an enormous wow factor. Furniture in soft colors allows the greenery to pop.

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    Create Areas

    Open concept space with small living room
    Haley Weidenbaum

    If you are working with a small open floor plan, creating a little separation between your different living areas is an efficient way to maximize square footage. In this home by California based interior designer, Haley Weidenbaum a sofa doubles as a space divider. The blue patterned rug anchors the living room. An upholstered coffee table doubles as a comfy footstool.

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    Choose Colorful Accents

    Colorful and simple small living room
    Taylor and Taylor

    When it comes to creating a simple living room, you can get mighty creative with color. To make it this idea work, keep your walls and ceiling bright white. Here, the interior design duo at California based firm, Taylor and Taylor took this room to the next level with colorful furnishings in contrasting bold and pastel shades.

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