A tiny living room doesn’t have to mean small style. In fact, you can put tons of personality and creativity into the space, even if you can’t put as much furniture. But if you’re new to tiny living or you’ve been living tiny and are desperate for a redesign, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are 11 living room ideas that anyone can copy and how you can get the same look.
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Circular Window Wall and Intimate Seating
“If you don't want to install a round window, a round mirror could give a similar feel to a place, especially opposite a window to reflect lots of light,” Madsen said.
The eye-catching 6x6 foot window is the highlight of the space and brings in tons of natural light, which is a must for a small space like this. The window is actually two 3x6 foot half moon windows that Madsen found on Craigslist. She and her brother love to use curves in their designs, so this was a perfect find.
The Oasis model is built on an 8x24 foot trailer and is 260 square feet, including the loft. The living room is 12x8 feet and comes with a bump out window option.
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Extra Storage and Multipurpose Furniture
To recreate the living room in this 34-foot custom-built tiny home, don’t shy away from investing in one large piece of statement furniture in a sleek color designed to be the focal point of the room. Stained beams and flooring lend themselves to a rustic home style. Meanwhile, whitewashed shiplap walls allow the natural details of the wood to show through. Copper fixtures and contrasting yellow and navy blue colors elevate the space.
“This home was built for a family of four, so extra storage and multipurpose furniture was a must,” said Cera Bollo, the design coordinator at Summit Tiny Homes, which builds and delivers certified tiny homes like this one on wheels across Canada and the U.S.
The U-shaped couch transforms into a bed with moving boxes that also have extra storage space inside them. The back wall behind the couch houses the split staircase going up to the kids' loft bedrooms. Each staircase has added storage inside.
The bar top table is divided into different sections that can be used all at once or in smaller sections as needed, ideal for families.
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Circular Window Wall and Bar Top Seating
This version of The Oasis model tiny home by Paradise Tiny Homes features the same incredible 6x6 foot window wall, but has bar top seating. To recreate the look, add bar seating and a table top facing the window for incredible views.
The creators used the bar top as a utilitarian, space-saving seating option.
“We decided to make it interactive and place the bar right through the center [of the window]. It also saves space by not having the whole window be just for the view but it has utility as a dining area, work desk, and shelf,” Madsen said.
Tile adds a polished finish to the 12x8 living room.
Madsen also recommends adding a bump out to your living space if you want to add more seating. This model has a 2-foot bump out, which allows people to sit at the bar without kicking the window glass.
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Spacious Bohemian-Style Room with Multifunctional Furniture
This living room in the Hilltop Tiny House is a bohemian blend of Moroccan, Scandinavian and Balinese design. Owner Faith Poppy spent months planning the design and drew influence from posts on Pinterest and Instagram. The bare plywood walls lend to the Scandinavian look while potted plants and a wicker lampshade lend the Balinese style. Throw pillows, shag blankets and a woven rug finish the look with Moroccan style.
For furniture, Poppy opted for multifunctional pieces to easily freshen the space.
“It's a great way to utilize a small space and also be able to transform the look of your home when you want a new layout,” Poppy said.
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Modern, Minimal Aesthetic Design
To recreate the living room in The Kubrick tiny house by Wind River Tiny Homes, consider the saying “less is more.”
“This means you need to be strategic about what pieces of art and decor you incorporate into your tiny home—only things you absolutely love,” said Dea Lisica, creative director.
The living room area is approximately 65 square feet within the 24x8-foot tiny house. Still, the designers have achieved a modern aesthetic that is all about clean lines and open spaces. Simple design and minimal decor help make the space feel much larger than it is, Lisica said. The rich black color creates depth and interest against the warm wood and bright white. A built-in couch with surrounding storage adds both beauty and functionality.
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Neutral, Minimalist Scandinavian Design
Strategically use texture to enhance neutral tones to achieve the minimalist look of this living room. The living room design by Teacup Tiny Homes is about 7 to 10 feet long and about 7 feet wide. Slats of plywood create interest in the space and add a modern touch. The wood on the walls also matches the flooring. White walls reflect the light from the windows and enlarge the space. Add neutral toned furniture and decor to compliment the intentionally monochromatic theme. Place a few potted plants around the space, and voilà, a Scandinavian minimalist design in your tiny house.
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Bright and Airy Living Space with Fold-Down Table
The Heritage model living room by Summit Tiny Homes features a built-in couch to maximize storage and make use of every inch of the 28-foot space.
To mimic the bright and airy feel of the room, bring in plenty of light with lots of windows and a white wall color. (They used the color Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore.) Shiplap adds texture while the stained wood details bring warmth.
“The fold-down bar top makes the perfect eating area that can be folded away to make use of more space,” said Bollo.
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Cozy, Warm, and Rustic Farmhouse
The Toccoa tiny house by Wind River Tiny Homes has a modern farmhouse feel with a touch of rustic inspiration. To recreate the look, use white shiplap walls for a classic, yet clean and modern look that brightens the space. Dark wood tones in the floor and ceiling add contrast and warmth. A tiny wood stove adds function and style, while leather, fur, and wood textures add to the rustic theme.
The entire space is 24 feet long and 8 1/2 feet wide. To maximize space even more, open storage stairs provide lots of storage. There's also a pull-out drawer under the built-in couch for additional storage.
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Classic Living Room with Fireplace
To recreate the look of this cozy tiny house living room, you’re going to want to focus on incorporating a fireplace into your design. Teacup Tiny Homes used a propane fireplace insert for this design, and it adds so much warmth to the space, literally and visually. At night, the fireplace is likely to light up the entire room. But during the day, the windows and white walls add tons of beautiful natural light. A leather couch adds a modern touch, and it’s the perfect place to get cozy and watch the fire.
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Modern Traditional Design with a Large Open Living Area
The living room of The Brooks tiny home by Wind River Tiny Homes is already a roomy space compared to most. The living room area is about 190 square feet in the 38x10-foot tiny home.
To recreate the look, use bright whites and contrasting colors strategically to enhance the size of the space even more.
Unlike most tiny house living room designs that place furniture against the walls, this space brings the furniture towards the center of the room. The layout choice combined with a great furniture selection makes the space look cozy instead of cluttered. Finish the space with a faux sheepskin throw, pillows, and classic-looking books and other decor, to achieve both a modern and classic feel.
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Rich, Dark Colors Against Bright Walls and Ceilings
Bright white shiplap is the unsung hero of this tiny house living room design. It covers the walls and the ceiling, creating a clean canvas that reflects tons of light and helps the color palette to stand out. The designers at Teacup Tiny Homes were strategic and placed the shiplap in horizontal and vertical lines that created subtle visual interest while making the space look longer and wider. Get creative on your shiplap placement to enhance your space.
For furniture, don’t shy away from floor to ceiling shelving and a full sectional. Even with a dark, rich color palette, the furniture looks suited to the space because of the bright walls and ceilings.