Beautiful photos of large, spacious living rooms abound in printed publications as well as online. They can be quite inspiring, of course. But what about the real-life small living room? What are some great ways to decorate a small living room without sacrificing style in the limited footprint? This article showcases a variety of small living rooms where decoration tips abound. We hope you find plenty of inspiration, no matter your own living room’s constraints, for
Small Living Room with Modern Warmth
A tight, almost monochromatic, color palette helps to create an inviting warmth to this small living room space. Soft neutrals in
If your small living room space can accommodate a piano or other large instrument, try to set aside space to accommodate an appreciative audience, even if that is a single chair.
Small Living Room with a Bold Focal Point
In this sweet, postage stamp-sized living room right off the home’s front entryway, there is no shortage of natural light, which makes a vibrant red painted piano the perfect touch of energy and contained color. The piano was primed and painted with three or four coats.
With such a bold statement piece, it’s a good idea to keep the space grounded with other neutral pieces. A woven-textured round coffee table keeps things visually interesting without competing with the red painted piano.
One of the keys to this small living room’s style success is thoughtful balance of form and color. Asymmetry and a lived-in, accumulated collection of
Living Room with a Cozy Contemporary Essence
It can be challenging to strike a functional and aesthetic balance of cozy and welcoming with well-edited modern in a small living room, but this one fits the bill perfectly.
Creamy linen floor-length curtains flank the many doors and windows for a polished, finished look. Simple shaded wall sconces add to the
A sofa that has clean lines and a modern feel can be slipcovered relatively easily to work well in any small living room, regardless of color or style. One tip for decorating a small living room is to choose a sofa with care – leggy pieces tend to look and feel less heavy, which makes for a more spacious feel all around.
A clutter-free home office-type space, or “control center,” smartly takes up one
A wall-mounted swing lamp adds a touch of functional style to the music nook here without calling too much attention to itself. The same strategy could be applied to a study nook or a
Centered at the base of a large living room window is a large trunk holding…who will ever even know? It doesn’t matter to us, because the look is clean and modern with plenty of vintage character to maintain warmth.
By keeping the color palette warm and neutral, this small living room thrives because of thoughtful layout, plenty of texture, and a sense that stylish comfort is a win-win.
Living Room with a Traditional Fireplace
A beautiful slice of wood, planed from a gnarled old branch, becomes a
A detailed, custom iron fire gate
Living Room with a Dividing Wall
As with any space divided, it’s important to decorate the
A single large piece of art makes a lovely backdrop to a small vignette, whether it be a reading corner with a chair and a lamp or a small conversation nook.
A beautiful wood piece provides a substantive and grounding component to a space. If the piece is large, you can paint your walls a similar shade to make it blend in a little more for balance or for continuity, helping a
A small gallery wall of
In determining how to decorate a small living room, it’s useful to pay attention to the style of the functional (and necessary) components. One of the best ways to do this is through lighting.
Lighting that packs a stylistic punch, infuses personality, or simply quietly makes its own statement is always going to benefit the small living room’s décor.
Another tip for decorating a small living room is to repeat shapes and keep them proportionate to the space. A
Easy-to-pull-up seating, such as floor pillows, poufs, or padded seat cushions on the floor, help the living room to feel welcoming and friendly.
These are a casual way to bring in a pop of color to a very neutral space as well.
Small Living Room as Part of an Open Concept Space
The rug sends an important visual message to those approaching the small living room area, breaking it down into a cozier and more approachable unit.
Living Room with a Deep Wall Color
Any small living room that has deep color on its walls will benefit significantly from some source of natural light. This allows the space overall to feel welcoming rather than formal and overbearing. And in the small living room that houses a large musical instrument, such as a grand piano, a bass, or even a drumset, it’s a good idea to keep the seating to a comfortable yet smaller scale as a balancing act.
Living Room with an Obvious Focal Wall
Although this small living room houses a beautiful fireplace, the fireplace is not the focal point of the room itself. This works in large part
When decorating a small living room with a television, you can do a built-in entertainment center that almost
Mixed pattern upholstered pieces provide a beautiful detail and visual interest to the small living room. When the fabrics are kept to the same color palette but vary in pattern or texture, a small space benefits from increased texture (and, therefore, depth) without visual chaos or busy-ness.
This gorgeous slate blue-grey leather sofa is a perfect addition to a stately small living room. Its color is soft enough to not jump out at anyone who enters the room, but it’s also got a nice modern feel to its touchable leathery softness.
Living Room with Modern Musicality
Mounted instruments on the wall next to the piano provide easy access and an instant sense of “art.” Overall, the effect is both modern and musical – an important stylistic combination for the inhabitants who eschew clutter while embracing life’s musical opportunities.
A single oversized piece of art can be imposing, lending a sense of formality to a space. But to decrease its formality, simply lean the artwork against the wall, either on a raised surface or on the floor.
Layering art is also a great decorating tip, providing visual depth without eating up too much real estate from the rest of the small living room.
Small Living Room with Painted Fireplace
Furniture is clean-lined and on the smaller scale, keeping proportion and making the space feel comfortable and appropriate. Throw pillows are an imperative part of infusing the small living room décor with personality and style; change these up for seasons and just because to keep the space fresh.
A coffee table is a thoughtful way to provide horizontal space for guests or people in the room. This one is kept free of clutter and, because the table itself is architecturally interesting, it doesn’t need additional decoration.
Small Living Room in a Historic Home
This home was built in the early 1900s, but a lot of work has been done to bring it up to modern standards for living…and well above average standards for style. Gorgeous, high ceilings are emphasized with ceiling-to-floor-length curtains in a tasteful contemporary print.
The wall color is soft but not devoid of color, which serves to make this small living room feel spacious and airy. Of course,
A completely mobile and
Small Living Room Packed with Pieces
For the lover of all things ornate, gilded, stately, and visually stimulating, the small living room is going to be a delight to decorate because you can pack in all the things you love and show off substantial taste in doing so.
This look is anything but
Make four stacks of books on
Keep the color palette simple, but embrace the details of all things. Metals should interact seamlessly throughout the décor, complete with trustworthy and lovable textures such as leather, wood, velvet, linen. Stack and layer and then layer the stacks within the color palette.
Another stack of trunks provides a charming storage shelf system and is a great place to house some greenery.
A bench-ottoman is upholstered and serves multiple purposes, another must in the small living room. It displays décor, provides a place to rest one’s feet, and can also be a seat when the living room occupancy increases. Placing such a piece at an angle helps to decrease the inherently formal feel of a space that embraces Victorian and detailed design.
Stacks of reading material are confined stylishly to simple wire baskets on the floor.
Small living rooms don’t require a less-is-more approach, unless that is your true style. This living room is evidence that an appreciation of beautiful things, even in abundance, can work to create a completely inviting, comfortable, and charming living room, no matter its square footage.
One wall of the living room (shared with a small entry way) is a wall-to-wall gallery of art. Gilded, detailed, slightly over-the-top frames combine together to create more of an experience than a view. Again, notice how the layers help to create a feeling of informality that is delightful when juxtaposed with the ornateness of the décor itself.
Living Room in the Basement
Décor is kept to a minimum in this basement living room, which is beneficial for maintaining a cool, modern vibe. A few curved metallic pieces help to keep the décor from feeling too sparse and utilitarian.
A small loveseat provides extra seating, a softened corner, and is a perfect stylistic sidekick for inspirational thoughts on a reader board.
Living Room with Built-In Bookshelves
Sometimes, in viewing photos in an article like this, you might find yourself thinking, “That’s lovely, but for me to decorate my small living room in that way, it would require a massive overhaul. I can’t do that right now.” Here is one way to incorporate an awesome feature into your small living room without depleting time and budget: built-in bookshelves with a contrasting back wall. Be sure, as you decorate them, that you leave plenty of white space to let the shelves themselves shine.
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Living Room with Farmhouse Charm
As you’re decorating your living room, consider creating small pockets with specific purposes. A reading corner or a
Here’s another example of a neutral and inviting pocket for conversation. Notice how the pattern of
A living room with
A place to rest one’s feet is always a plus in a living room’s reading corner or anywhere you want to allow for total relaxation and comfort. A
In the instance that you have a large piece of furniture or a shelf that feels unfinished, consider decorating with some
If your living room has a wall with windows,
If your furnishings are new, for example a