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7 Small Space Living Room Ideas You Need to Try

April 29, 2024

Reviewed by
Suze Dowling

7 Small Space Living Room Ideas You Need to Try

In a world where small is trending big time, maximizing your square footage counts. Today, we're talking about small space living room ideas that will make you rethink the potential of your cozy corner. Let's get ready to transform your small living room into a snug paradise that's big on style!

Where Should You Begin When Re-Vamping Your Small Space?

Before we jump headfirst into sprucing up your small living room, let's take a moment to measure the lay of the land. Understanding how big — or should we say small — your space truly is will lay the groundwork for savvy design decisions. So, grab that tape measure, and let's figure out whether your room needs a dash of cozy charm or a total makeover.

When it comes to small living rooms, knowing your square footage can be a game-changer. Whether you have a shoebox apartment or a compact condo, every inch matters. Embrace the challenge, and let's squeeze out every ounce of potential in your small living space.

What Are Tips for Small Living Room Spaces?

Without further ado, let’s discuss some tips that you can try today to make the most of your small living room space:

Maximize Floor Space

It's time to work some small room magic and transform your floor into a dynamic design playground. What's the trick? Multi-functional furniture is your new best friend. Say hello to pieces that can do double — or even triple — duty, saving you space while looking fabulous. 

Try wall-mounted shelves that, placed strategically, can also serve as side tables, ottomans with hidden storage that also provide extra seating, and built-in wonders like bookcases that'll make your tiny living room feel like a spacious oasis.

When it comes to floor space, every square inch counts. So, you might also want to try wall-mounted solutions and let your walls pull double duty as stylish storage spots. By going vertical, you'll free up precious floor real estate for your dance parties or impromptu yoga sessions. 

Create a Focal Point

Whether it's a quirky accent chair, a pop of bold color, or an eye-catching gallery wall, find that one element that's going to set the stage for the rest of your decor. A small space doesn't mean a small style…it just means you have to think big (in a small way).

Your focal point isn't just for show — it's the heart and soul of your small living room's design. Mix and match textures, play with patterns, and let your personality shine through. Who said small spaces had to be boring? Get ready to turn heads and drop jaws with your eye-catching focal point that'll have everyone saying, "Wow, that's one cool tiny living room!"

Experiment With Lighting and Ambiance

Let's shed some (metaphorical) light on how to brighten up your small living room and create a vibe that's cozy, chic, and oh-so inviting. Natural light is your friend, so don't be shy about letting it flood in by keeping windows unobstructed and utilizing light-filtering window treatments. 

But when the sun goes down, it’s time to let layered lighting — combining ambient, task, and accent lighting — add depth and warmth to the room, creating a cozy atmosphere conducive to relaxation and socializing. So cue the wall sconces, floor lamps, and chandeliers to create a warm glow that'll make your small space feel much larger.

Sleek and minimalist lighting fixtures will blend seamlessly into the decor without overwhelming the space. Opt for slim designs that provide ample illumination while occupying minimal visual real estate. Thoughtfully placed lights can highlight focal points, art pieces, or architectural features, enhancing the room's aesthetics and functionality in a small living room setting.

Optimize Storage Solutions

Say goodbye to the days of tripping over piles of stuff, and hello to a clutter-free oasis that's as stylish as it is neat. Hidden compartments, ottomans that double as perfect storage solutions, and sleek bookshelves are here to save the day.

Choose storage bins that are pretty enough to leave out! Whether you’re lucky enough to have clever built-in solutions or you have chic multi-purpose units at your disposal, we're aiming to use what you have to turn your small space into a storage haven. 

Incorporate Stylish Decor and Color Schemes

Choosing the right color scheme sets your room’s mood and style. From calming neutrals to bold pops of color, your color palette speaks volumes about your decor personality.

Utilizing paint strategically is an excellent way to make a small room feel larger and more dynamic. Lighter paint colors like soft neutrals, pastels, or whites can reflect light and give the illusion of a more expansive area. By painting walls, trim, and ceilings in similar hues, you can create a seamless flow that visually extends the space.

And let's not forget about interior design gems like area rugs, wall art, and window treatments that bring the whole room together. Inject personality and vibrancy into your compact living room by strategically incorporating accents of bold colors or patterns. These visual focal points draw the eye and add depth to the space, creating visual interest without overwhelming the room.

Arrange Furniture and Determine the Layout 

When it comes to your living room layout, we must consider seating, space, and all things comfy. Selecting the right piece of furniture is key! Sectional sofas, armchairs, a loveseat, and poufs are what you should look toward, creating a cozy seating area that's both stylish and inviting.

A fabulous furniture layout is key to making the most of your small living room. Think functionality meets flow. Arrange your pieces to create an inviting space that encourages conversation and relaxation. Give your living room the star treatment it deserves – comfy, chic, and representative of you.

Make Your Small Living Room Look Spacious

Want to know the secret to making your small space feel bigger? Mirrors! Placing mirrors opposite a window can be particularly effective as they reflect natural light back into the room, creating a brighter and more airy ambiance and suddenly making your living area feel twice the size.

Full-length mirrors are a valuable addition to small living rooms as they can visually elongate the space and add depth. By reflecting the entirety of the room, they contribute to a seamless flow and create a sense of openness.

Incorporating a mirror near a light source, such as a lamp or a chandelier, can further enhance the brightness and warmth in the room. The mirror will reflect the light, dispersing it more effectively throughout the space and reducing shadows, ultimately creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

The Takeaway

We hope our small living room ideas will help you maximize space, create stunning focal points, optimize lighting, and feel your best in your home. 

At Open Spaces, we offer a curated selection of homeware and organizational tools designed to maximize the potential of your small living room. Our products are functional yet beautiful and made to be kept forever. They’re meant to see you through from your first apartment to your family home. 

Discover clever tactics, ingenious solutions, and hero products that enhance both style and functionality for your cozy abode. Check out our collection today.


How to Change the Size of Your Room With Paint | Paintzen

The Fundamentals of Light Layering | Lumens

10 Tricks to Make a Room Look Bigger With Mirrors | Apartment Therapy

14 Beautiful Focal Point Ideas for Living Rooms | The Spruce

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