Living Room Design Ideas

These Small Living Room Decor Ideas Will Give You All The Inspiration You Need

If you are living in a small, city apartment, you've probably had your fair share of decorating woes. No room seems big enough for the furniture you really want, and finding the space to execute all the ideas you have for your living room is nearly impossible. But luckily, we've found a couple of small living room decorating ideas for you just in time for the holidays! Don’t let your small living room put a damper on your dreams of decorating your home. We're not going to let all those Pinterest boards go to waste! Just because your space is small doesn't mean you can’t make it look modern and chic. There are many ways to transform your living room. Let's dive right in! 

White Walls 

White Walls

When it comes to small living room decorating ideas, this one takes the cake! It's an all-too-easy hack to making your room seem airy, spacious, and soothing. What's more, white walls are like a blank canvas. Whatever decor theme you choose will work seamlessly with these walls. But our expert designers recommend going with a white-on-white decor theme to maximize that spacious look and feel. Pair your walls with equally pale furniture, and you'll have a brighter, lighter living room that's hard not to fall in love with! If you think an all-white living room isn't to your taste, you can always incorporate bright pops of color in the form of lively plants, accent pillows, or even wicker furniture. 

Make Use Of A Nook

Make Use Of A Nook

Small living rooms often come with slanted ceilings or oddly angled walls, making it even harder to style. While you may feel like you've hit a wall (literally), we're here to show you how to utilize that oddly-shaped corner and create a little nook for yourself. A nook adds a homely charm to small living room decor. You can use lower furniture to give the illusion of a higher ceiling. Get yourself a comfy chair with a chic side table, and voila, you've got a cute little reading nook! We also love the idea of using a shorter ottoman as additional seating — it gives the tight space a cozier feel. You could even use this space to hang up your favorite artworks or pictures. Sectioning your living room makes it seem more spacious as you've made it look like it's big enough to accommodate multiple areas. 

Play With Scale

Play With Scale

One way to make even the tiniest living room seem a bit bigger is to find furniture that can fill up space. A wall-to-wall sofa can make your small living room seem more expansive than it actually is. Proportionally, place a significantly smaller coffee in front of it, making the sofa appear even larger. It's also worth noting that playing with scale in small living rooms is very important. If everything — sofa, pillows, coffee table — is small, it makes the room feel even tinier. However, if there are one or two slightly larger statement pieces, it makes the room feel and appear larger. You can also play with scale by choosing bulkier window treatments and larger pillows to contrast the small rug and coffee table.

Free Your Floor 

Free Your Floors

Clearing out your floors is one of the best small living room decorating ideas you can execute. It's not as hard as it sounds, especially with the variety of furniture available out there. If you're a plant mom, switch to hanging planters. Not only will they pretty up your living room, but they also don't take up any floor space! Another great living room decor idea for small spaces is to mount your furniture. You can attach tables, shelves, bookcases, etc., to the wall giving you a clean and clutter-free floor. Floating shelves are naturally minimal in design and fit in well with the vibe you're going for. For the furniture you can't mount like your sofas, chairs, coffee tables and such, choose ones with exposed legs. Chairs and tables with exposed legs automatically open up the living room and make it feel more spacious. 

Less Is More

Less Is More

We absolutely love the minimalism in this living room. The use of a monochromatic palette in this area is purposeful and masterful. There are slight variations in texture, giving the room a seamless flow. Our expert designers have strategically placed only a few carefully-chosen pieces around the room. The furniture and decor heavily rely on the architecture of the room so that all of the little details are enhanced, and the monochromaticity helps the small space appear larger. With a limited color palette, styling your living room is much, much easier! 

Mix Patterns & Textures 

Patterns & Textures

We love a whimsical moment. That's why we encourage you to play with different patterns and textures to give your small living room decor multiple focal points, which in turn makes the room seem bigger. Don't be afraid to use patterned throw pillows and pair it with other accessories like patterned planters, or a patterned rug, for instance. Another great small living room decorating idea is to use a singular color palette and use textures and prints to bring in character while keeping the flow of the room seamless. Make sure to balance the room by leaving negative space on the walls and within the design to give the illusion of a wide, open space. 

Vertical Decor

Vertical Decor

One thing to keep in mind while thinking of home decor ideas for small living rooms is that no matter what you go with, always keep things vertical, especially while decorating your walls. Whether you decide to put up frames, pictures, paintings, etc., arrange them in a vertical fashion to elongate the room. Experts recommend using sconces, a few tall plants, and a narrow floor-to-ceiling bookcase to give your space some height. In fact, you can even keep this in mind while choosing new wallpaper. Use vertical stripes to give your living room a unique personality while also making your low ceiling look higher than it actually is. 

Glass Or Mirrored Elements 

Glass Or Mirrors

Glass is, by definition, see-through, which makes it minimal by design. Even large glass furniture doesn't seem like it takes up too much space as it doesn't break the flow of your design. Pro tip: gold accents pair beautifully with glass. Your living room will have a minimal elegance to it that you will absolutely love. Another great hack is to incorporate mirrors or reflective surfaces in your small living room design. Mirrors have a natural ability to brighten up the room while also making it seem larger. We recommend placing it opposite a window to maximize its effect. 

Put In A Gallery Wall 

Gallery Walls

Set up a beautiful gallery wall to give your guests something to ooh and ahh about! Bring in lots of vibrant colors, prints, and patterns while arranging your frames. Every living room, small or large, needs a focal point, and we LOVE a good gallery wall! It's personal, pretty, and speaks to the owner's tastes and passions. Let your guests get to know you a little better with this gorgeous piece of art. One of the main reasons a gallery wall is an excellent small living room decorating idea is that it takes attention away from the size of the place. Your guests won't be wondering how small your living room is when all their attention will be on your beautiful gallery wall! 

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