8 Ways to Decorate a Small Living Room

Last updated on January 5th, 2022

Tiny living rooms always have us contemplating what to do to benefit as much as possible from the available square footage.

But don’t worry! We’ve put together a list that will help you make your small living room appear bigger and aesthetically pleasing.

1. Get smart with seating

8 Ways to Decorate a Small Living Room

Having a small living room doesn’t mean you cannot add adequate seating. Just remember not to cram in too many bulky pieces together. As a rule of thumb, remember not to overcrowd your small living room with too many furniture pieces. Rather, pick a sofa that is proportional to the size of the living room. And, in case you need some additional seating options, then opt for stools. They’ll take up far less room than bulky wing chairs and can be moved around easily.

2. Decorate vertically

A room has both vertical and horizontal dimensions. So, if you are falling short on floor space, use up the available vertical space! Make use of floor-to-ceiling drapes to draw the eye upward. Additionally, you can also use the vertical space to install small to midsized artsy pieces. This way not only are you saving on your precious floor space but also creating an illusion of height.

3. Factor in multi-purpose pieces

8 Ways to Decorate a Small Living Room
When it comes to small living rooms, versatile, multi-purpose pieces are your best friends. Take this ottoman for example, which doubles up as a storage bin, while acting as a valuable seating option.

4. Invest in stylish storage

For an inexpensive way to add storage, use an old trunk as a coffee table, as well as a valuable storage alternative.

5. Add style with pop art!

8 Ways to Decorate a Small Living Room
Hanging artwork is a great way to add style to a small living room. And, by artwork, we don’t mean a gallery wall (it just looks like clutter in a small living room). Instead, stick to a few bigger pieces to minimize visual clutter.

6. Choose cool colors

Make use of pale and cool hues as they reflect light, ultimately making your space look bigger. Think of painting the window trim and entryways in almost the same tone as the dividers to help them blend. For instance, in the above picture, the designer has painted the window trim in white, allowing for it to blend with the wall.

7. Tweak the furniture arrangement

8 Ways to Decorate a Small Living Room
Bare floor space can visually expand a small living room. Think of angling your furniture pieces to help prevent your room from looking cramped and boxy. In this living room, the designer has placed the chairs in an angular manner, allowing some breathable space around the chairs while allowing for easy conversation.

8. Add interest with layers and textures

Making use of textures (solid, fibrous, and coarse) will help you add depth and detail to a small living room. Here a pale and tiny living room comes alive by the use of linen fabrics and warm wooden tones.

Happy decorating, folks!