Small Living Room Ideas - How to Create Your Cozy Space


If you’re looking for small living room ideas, take inspiration from our gallery of beautiful small space designs to unlock the potential of your compact living room.

When you are redecorating, one of the easiest ways to make a small living room feel more spacious is to inject soft, pastel shades into your design scheme to keep the room warm and inviting. Check out our ideas for living room color schemes for more inspiration. But along with thoughtful furniture placement and savvy curtain tricks, there’s a whole host of smart ideas to make your small living room feel bigger than it actually is.


Take a look at these small living room ideas to get you started.

1. Create space using mirrors

It’s the oldest trick in the book, but it really does work. You can instantly create the illusion of space by simply adding more mirrors. All the better still, like above, opt for an oversized mirror to cover an entire wall. The mirror will create the illusion of space by reflecting light and of course the interior decor – doubling up your interior space. Try keeping the color palette light and airy to aid the overall effect.

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2. Vertical Storage 

The key in a small space is to make the most of every inch available. When it comes to storage think outside the box and create bespoke storage solutions that use the free vertical space on walls and unused corners and nooks as an advantage. An affordable way to use a recessed space for storage is to fit stacked floating shelves. Staggering them allows you to use both sides of the wall. Just be sure not to overwhelm the room with clutter – use the shelves for displaying your favorite books and trinkets.

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3. Swap small and flexible sofa

A bulky sofa can eat up living room space quickly, so if you have an especially tiny room, ask yourself if you could manage with an equally comfy but far less invasive ‘snuggler’ or ‘loveseat’.

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4. Choose light colors for the walls

Our current favorites are blush pinks, ivory, pale blue/greys and dusky lilacs. Those shades will make any small living room feel fresh and inviting – cozy, and yet not closed in. Steer clear of brilliant whites and instead pick those with a subtle green, grey or taupe tone.

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5. Use lighting to your advantage

Mark out a living space with a floor lamp light and carefully positioned a round coffee table. The two pieces work together to create a focal point around which you can sit a couple of chairs and add floor cushions or stools when guests visit.

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6. Replace curtains with blinds

It can be as simple as changing a few little tiny things to make all the difference. Such as the curtains. Put blinds up rather than curtains, which would actually make the room seem taller. What a great insider design tip to help make any small space feel instantly larger. The free space on either side of the windows would create the illusion of airy space. So simple, yet so brilliant.

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7. Invest in multi-functional furniture

When it comes to small living rooms, hard-working, multi-functional pieces of furniture are your friends. Take this coffee table, which doubles as a storage bin, allowing you to clear away any clutter at a moment’s notice, or invest in lidded stools, even a sofa with storage under the seat.

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