Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (2022)

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space

Gallery View|

Expand View

Clever décor ideas for compact lounges

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (1)

IKEA

Your small living room doesn't need to feel cramped and claustrophobic. With a few clever decorating tricks you can optimise every square inch to make your snug scheme feel open, airy and organised. Take a look at these ingenious tinyliving room ideas that prove that small can feel stylish and spacious too...

Go for bold

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (2)

Furniture Choice

If your small living room has the benefit of large windows make the most of the added light by going for a bold colour choice on your walls. This living room has emphasised the colour feature further with a vibrant gallery wall. Offset the dazzling tones with a neutral sofa and pale flooring to even the look.

Add mirrors

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (3)

Cult Furniture

Mounting or leaning a mirror on the wall of a small lounge will create the illusion of space by bouncing light around the room. This narrow-framed Crittall-styleversion looks super-stylish in this compact yet contemporary living room and does an excellent job offsetting the blush pink feature wall.

Build in bespoke storage

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (4)

Sharps

Fitted furniture is a small living room asset that makes wall space work hard from floor to ceiling. The combination of closed and open cupboards makes a compact room look organised and tidy, while added ambient lighting is a practical and atmospheric bonus.

Make a look mid-century

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (5)

Nest

Clean lines, minimal embellishment and practical use mean furniture from the 1940s era is practically made for tiny living. Low-level seating, metal-framed armchair and colourful circular coffee tables all fit into this light-filled, small living room without it looking cluttered thanks to the right-angles, curves and narrow leg design.

Use books as décor

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (6)

IKEA

In a tight space, books can soon pile up and make the place look untidy. However, don't rule them out of your small living room. Instead, make them work double-time as a decorative feature in their own right. Take inspiration from the many colour-arranged bookshelves of Instagram and turn your book collection into a #rainbowshelfie display for the room.

Inject character with two-toned walls

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (7)

Dulux

Small living rooms can often consist of four boring walls, so why not give the space a sophisticated and on-trend feel without compromising floor space? For added interest add board and batten wall panelling. Paint the effect in 'two-tone' soothing shades which will enhance the sense of space too.

Add a folding dining table

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (8)

IKEA

If your small living room doubles as a diner, optimise floor space by adding a folding or extendable table. Keep the look lounge-worthy by going with relaxed and comfortable seating. A trolley on wheels means tableware and meals can be easily transferred to and from the kitchen.

Swap out the sofa

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (9)

IKEA

Swapping a large bulky sofa for two slim armchairs is a good space-saving idea if your living room is a bit of squeeze. Perhaps pop in an extra stool or collapsible chair to accommodate extra guests.

(Video) HOW TO MAKE YOUR SMALL SPACE LOOK BIGGER | 15 SPACE SAVING DESIGN HACKS

Use panel ledges

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (10)

H&M

Not just reserved for period decorating, wall panels will give a small living room refined interest and texture. And, what's more, the narrow ledge (if mounting halfway) creates a slim surface to display art and accessories without compromising on space.

Brighten with white

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (11)

Pottery Barn Australia

If you're brave enough, anall-white colour schemewill maximise light in a small living room and add an air of sophistication. Give the crisp look just a touch of colour with a few warming accents – pebble grey concrete furniture paired with soft blue cushions is coastal and calming.

Layer up texture

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (12)

Matalan

Adding texture to a small living room is a great way to transform it into a comfortable and warming space. To avoid it feeling cluttered, be discerning. Add a few tactile cushions, wall décor and perhaps an interesting rug for a super-snug finish. Choose a small number of richly textured furnishings rather than lots of pieces that could overcrowd the room.

Get beach house happy

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (13)

Matalan

Take advantage of a small living room by transforming it into a beach hut haven bursting with coastal vibes. Whitewashed wall panels will create a bright and breezy backdrop and wood-framed furniture will fill the small space with texture. Then, layer up the look with coastal grasses and seaside motif linen fabrics and accessories.

Don't shy away from dark tones

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (14)

IKEA

Decorating trends are becoming braver so don't rule these darker schemes out of a compact living room altogether. When paired with the right pieces, dramatic shades like navy, forest green or even black can look atmospheric and inviting on your walls – just ensure you incorporate pops of light or bright furnishings to lift the look.

Get smart with storage

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (15)

Habitat

A circular ottoman is a must-have furniture piece for a small living room for so many reasons. It can act as both a seat or coffee table as well as offering a handy space to store blankets, cushions and books. Plus, its curved shape means you won't hurt your knees if you walk into it!

Divide with style

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (16)

Dunelm

If your small living room has a dual purpose, divide the room in a style that doesn't compromise light. A room divider can help carve out a separate entryway and be used as stylish display storage. Choose a cut-out design with built-in open shelves to maximise space and light.

Go with greenery

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (17)

Primark

Give your tiny living room an inviting botanical vibe by filling the space with lush plants. Fill corners with one or two large statement pots and add planters to walls to trail greenery at different levels. Complete the outdoorsy look with cane furniture and leaf print soft furnishings.

Concentrate on corners

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (18)

IKEA

Small box-like living rooms have plenty of right angles so put those corners to work by filling the void with attractive artwork and practical storage. Optimise wall space by adding low-level storage that frees up a backdrop above for mirrors, photos and paintings; keeping other surfaces free for other purposes.

Embrace a feature wall

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (19)

B&Q

Just because a living room is small doesn't mean you can't have a little fun with paint effects. Bold artwork or a bright feature wall will actually open up a room by drawing the gaze upwards, whilst adding plenty of personality without taking up floor space. This fun graphic design pairs the muted grey sofa with ochre and pink.

Create a cosy nook

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (20)

Argos

Make your small living room feel larger by creating a separate seating area for reading or quiet reflection. Turn a small armchair away from the rest of the living area perhaps towards a window, then add a small side table, table lamp and creature comforts.

Curate a display cabinet

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (21)

Habitat

(Video) Creative Small Living Room Ideas That Will Maximize Your Tiny Space

Glass display cabinets will keep your small living room organised and orderly with accessories safe and dust-free inside. This metal olive coloured cabinet melts seamlessly into its the green backdrop and light reflects off the glazed doors to increase the sense of space.

Choose wall-mounted lights

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (22)

Next

Free up as much floor and surface space by choosing wall-mounted lighting over floor lamps. And, don't think the alternative choice will compromise the cosy atmosphere as most sconces are dimmable. This allows you to easily adjust the lighting according to the occasion or mood.

Hide clutter behind a screen

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (23)

John Lewis

Make your space clutter-free and contemporary with one fell swoop by hiding mismatched but necessary objects behind a luxe screen. Guests would never know this refined yet inviting small living room is also used as a family playroom filled with toys or a home office space with hot desk once everything is safely concealed and out of sight.

Camouflage the TV

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (24)

Cuckooland

A large television can dominate small living rooms so think ofgenius ways to integrate the TV into your living roomby blending it in with wall storage. The box-like design of these wall shelves echo the shape of the TV screen and so you have to look twice before you even notice it is there.

Add a sofa bed

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (25)

Sofa.com

A compact sofa bed is a great option to squeeze into an awkward space whilst making a small living room multipurpose too. Create a colour scheme by adding cosy cushions that match a slim floor lamp and finish the cosy corner with a stylish gallery wall with framed wall art.

Zone with a pretty rug

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (26)

West Elm

With the right furniture, you can carve a living room out of anywhere. This alcove is part of a hallway that's been transformed into a beautiful tiny lounge with help from a textured rug. This extra-large version frames the inviting space with a soft, vintage feel.

Stick to a capsule collection

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (27)

Apartment by Pottery Barn

A few timeless items that won't go out of fashion will serve a small living room for years to come. Be sure to choose a compact and stylish sofa, ambient lighting and if you have the room, an additional chair or coffee table. You can then enhance these essential items with seasonal cushions and on-trend decorative pieces.

Carve out wall storage

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (28)

Sofology

Look for the stud wall in your small living room and hire a contractor to cut out custom-made shelves behind the sofa. The interesting alcoves make a great solution to creating flush storage without shelves protruding from walls at a hazardous level.

Zone with contrast

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (29)

B&Q

Small apartment living rooms or studios can often include a kitchen area too so be sure to create boundaries. Here, an open-plan living and kitchenette has been divided with an island and statement flooring to create a galley kitchen. Midnight blue-toned cabinets have been colour matched to two-tone walls in the living area to tie the room together. The overall effect increases the sense of space.

Go for narrow-legged furniture

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (30)

sofa.com

Furniture with narrow legs not only channels mid-century chic but also helps with the design dilemma of fitting everything you want into a small space without it looking crowded. Choosing a sofa with a gap between the seat and the floor instantly creates the appearance of more space too.

Dress windows right

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (31)

Hillarys

A small living room will benefit from a window dressing that's clean and smart rather than busy and bulky. Swap heavy curtains for stylish shutters or replace a bulky Roman blind with a flush roller version.

Get creative with storage

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (32)

DFS

Floor-to-ceiling shelving is not only a marvellous space-saving storage choice for a cosy living area, but it can also double up as a dramatic focal point for the room too. This budget unit looks visually stunning thanks to the colourful inserts. A cobalt sofa and ochre accessories tie together the uplifting scheme.

Let in the light

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (33)

Swoon

If you have French, patio or Crittall-style doors in your small living room, make the most of the available light and arrange the furniture towards the outside aspect. It will blur the boundary between inside and out and give the illusion of a larger space.

(Video) 29 Sneaky Tips For Small Space Living

Balance wallpaper

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (34)

Wayfair

It can feel daunting to usebusy wallpaper in a compact room, but with the right colour combination, it can really make a small space sing. This blueprint has breathed new life into the room thanks to the neutral panelsand chalky sofa which balance out the bright focal point.

Mount narrow shelves

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (35)

Cult Furniture

Picture ledges make a great alternative to regular shelving in small living rooms as their slim form maximises space. The width is usually wide enough for smaller accessories too such as candles or tall narrow vases and the step stops anything falling off.

Bring in light, movable furniture

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (36)

Norsu Interiors

Space is often in short supply in rented apartments so pared-back schemes with light, skinny furniture are ideal – not only will they make the most of floor space but they can easily be transferred elsewhere when you come to move. This stylish setup with a narrow locker, relaxed seating and a storage trunk coffee table is flexible enough to work in a range of different layouts.

Choose stackable furniture

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (37)

Content by Conran

If there's not a lot of space for side tables in your small living room look for narrow versions that stack on top of each other when not in use. These minimalistic tables look sharp and stylish, while the contrasting surfaces will make the smallest of rooms look chic.

Pick a pale backdrop

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (38)

Wickes

Muted shades on walls will make a cosy living room feel fresh and spacious. Pick subtle neutrals like soft grey, chalky white or blush pink rather than brilliant white – these warmer shades will make the room feel inviting rather than cold and stark.

Accessorise wisely

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (39)

Kelly Hoppen

The good thing about small living rooms is that you don't need a lot to make the space look stunning. A few well-chosen accessories can complete the look and create a luxurious finish. Invest in some metallic photo frames or a designer candle votive and the whole room will look high-end in a flash.

Choose slim lighting

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (40)

Laura Ashley

Ambient lighting is vital for making a compact lounge feel cosy and inviting. Wall lights or sconces are the most practical solution but floor and table lighting can really soften a scheme too. Choose slim versions that take up minimal floor space. Matching pairs will create balance and symmetry which works especially well in traditional schemes.

Bring in compact seating

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (41)

Laura Ashley

Furniture combinations can make or break a small space. Many brands are becoming more aware of customer's needs and often have smaller ranges designed especially for apartment-style living. Measure the space you have first and look for a sofa or chair that fits perfectly, rather than trying to squeeze in an ill-fitting piece.

Store up high

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (42)

M&S

Even if you don't have high ceilings, using the upper part of walls for storage will not only elongate your living room but also free up floor space for furniture and through traffic. Make sure the shelves are mounted high enough so you don't bang your head.

Shrink the gallery wall

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (43)

John Lewis

Gallery walls make a creative and personal addition to living rooms. Avoid drowning a restricted space by choosing smaller frames – you will still get the same great effect but scaled down to proportion. We love the way this black-framed photo wall incorporates the flat screen TV too.

Play with proportions

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (44)

Sofa.com

If you're a fan of black leather and dark rustic furnishings, you can still make this moody palette work in a compact room. Look to the walls to create balance when using a dramatic colour scheme. Here, white has been introduced to create a two-tone effect, elongating the height of the room and creating an airy, spacious feel.

(Video) 12 Design Tips For Small Spaces - How To Make It Look & Feel Bigger

Invest in multifunctional furniture

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (45)

Maisons du Monde

Convertible furniture with more than one function is always a small living room's best friend. This loft-style living space has managed to pack in a dining area thanks to this clever bookcase that features a retractable table for two – genius!

Get a hardworking coffee table

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (46)

Cuckooland

If your living room has space for a coffee table make sure it's a multifunctional one. This unique design opens up to create a multi-level table that's perfect for a quick meal. There are also slim drawers to hide bits and bobs, plus the two-tone legs look minimalist and modern.

Feature a corner sofa

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (47)

IKEA

A space-efficient piece, a corner sofa, allows you to either spread out when alone or squeeze in the whole family. Small living rooms usually don't have much room to manoeuvre so it's best to choose a sectional version that comes apart. If you can, squeeze in a slim occasional chair in a different material for contrast.

Select see-through furniture

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (48)

Cult Furniture

Furniture and fixtures you can look through will keep a small living room from looking cluttered. These industrial-style wooden shelving units are tall and narrow so they take up minimal floor space without compromising on storage capacity.

Angle large furniture

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (49)

Laura Ashley

When it comes to arranging seating in a tight living room, opt for angles. Cutting harsh corners will help give a box-like room a cosier atmosphere without feeling cramped.

Snuggle up on a loveseat

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (50)

Sofology

If you don't have room for a sofa but don't want to rule one out altogether, a loveseat or snuggler makes the perfect alternative. A great way to add that all-important comfort factor to your lounge, pair with skinny side tables and a rug for an inviting scheme that doesn't compromise on the essentials.

Go luxe with metallics

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (51)

Sofololgy

Like mirrors, furniture and accessories with reflective surfaces will maximise the amount of light in your small living room and make it feel bigger and brighter. Team with neutraltones and snug fabrics for a stylish and luxurious scheme.

Follow a theme

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (52)

West Elm

Just because your living room is small doesn't mean it can't be on-trend. To avoid overcrowding, choose only one or two elements that tell the story like in this global-style textured living room with a warm leather sofa and Aztec print fabrics.

Rearrange furniture

Small living room ideas to maximise your tiny space (53)

IKEA

Placing the sofa against a wall may be the most popular option but even in a small living room pulling it into the middle of the room can create an intimate qualityand leave wall space free for much-needed storage. This cute sofa makes a stunning statement in vibrant green anchored with a contrasting black area rug.

Loved this? Check out theseliving room ideas for every style and budget

Share the love

30 July 2021

Interiors

See more on this topic

Comments

Be the first to comment

Do you want to comment on this article? You need to be signed in for this feature

Share the love

+ Add Comment

(Video) 10 BEST IKEA PRODUCTS FOR SMALL SPACES | Space Saving Tips & Ideas

Copyright © loveproperty.com All rights reserved.

FAQs

How can I make a small living room look less cluttered? ›

5 Ways to Prevent Visual Clutter in a Small Room
  1. Simplify your palette. Go light and bright (white walls are never a bad idea; the Laurel & Wolf team says they will "almost always make a space look bigger") or go dark and moody (you rebel!) ...
  2. Let pieces breathe. ...
  3. Embrace asymmetry.
28 Apr 2017

How do you simplify a small living room? ›

10 Ways to Simplify Your Decor
  1. Stick to 3-4 main colors in your interior spaces and keep all of the big pieces of furniture in your room neutral. ...
  2. Don't over-accessorize. ...
  3. Make sure all of your necessities are organized and stored for easy access. ...
  4. Pull your furniture away from the wall to let the space breathe.

What makes small spaces look bigger? ›

Use contrasts and light colors that make rooms look bigger

Light and bright walls are more reflective, making a space feel open and airy, which helps maximize natural light's effect. Dark shades tend to absorb light, making rooms feel smaller. Accenting walls to make a room look bigger is another way to go.

How do you fill empty spaces in living room? ›

  1. Empty floor corners: illuminate them. ...
  2. Corner walls: an opportunity for artwork. ...
  3. Alcoves in corners: use them as storage spots. ...
  4. Corners with natural light: place some potted greenery. ...
  5. Corners with a view: Ideal for a small workspace. ...
  6. Boring Living Room Corners: Display a Unique Sculpture.

What colors make a small place look bigger? ›

10 Color Options That Will Make Small Rooms Look Bigger
  • Dark Blue. Dark blue has the transformative power to make a statement. ...
  • Earthly Ochre. Earthly Ochre is a deep, warm color that creates a calm environment. ...
  • Off-White. ...
  • Clean White. ...
  • Dark Grey. ...
  • Pale Blues. ...
  • Sea Green. ...
  • Light Green.
24 Sept 2021

What colors make spaces bigger? ›

Lighter paint colors like off-whites, light neutrals, pales, and pastels give the illusion of larger, brighter rooms.

What color flooring makes a room look larger? ›

1) Light and dark flooring

Think cream carpets, natural and neutral toned tiles and whitewashed wood flooring. These attractive, light and neutral colours give a room an open and airy feel, making it appear larger, whilst also drawing in the natural sunlight from outside.

How do you rearrange a room with little spaces? ›

  1. Arrange furniture to fit. ...
  2. Plan the storage in a small bedroom wisely. ...
  3. Utilize the space under the bed. ...
  4. Think about the placement of your bed. ...
  5. Make a small bedroom look larger. ...
  6. Arrange a child's small bedroom to perfection. ...
  7. Use symmetry in a small bedroom. ...
  8. Visually expand your space with a bedroom mirror.
24 Feb 2022

How do I fill an awkward space in my house? ›

Room Arrangements for Awkward Spaces
  1. Scale the size of the table to the room by adding a leaf to it and resting it on a large rug. ...
  2. Place functional furniture, such as a bench or a storage piece, near the entry. ...
  3. Balance lighting around the room; consider both task lighting and mood lighting.
16 Dec 2018

How do you structure a small living room? ›

In a small living room, arrange furniture around a designated focal point. A TV, fireplace, window, or piece of wall decor can all serve as the room's center of attention. Position furnishings around or directly facing the focal point to maintain a clear view.

Videos

1. Affordable Small Living Room Design Ideas | Maximize Your Small Living Space # 6
(Grig Stamate - Interior Design Solutions)
2. How to Make Your Small Living Room Look BIGGER! | 13 Space Saving Design Hacks (Easy & Affordable)
(DIY with KB)
3. TOP 5 DESIGN TIPS for SMALL SPACES
(Lisa Holt Design)
4. USEFUL SMALL LIVING ROOM LAYOUTS | HOW TO DESIGN A SMALL LIVING SPACE
(Selen Interior Design)
5. 10 Small Space Ideas to Maximize Small Bedroom
(SlideHouse)
6. 10 BEST IKEA PRODUCTS FOR SMALL SPACES | SPACE SAVING IDEAS
(Kristen McGowan)

Top Articles

You might also like

Latest Posts

Article information

Author: Moshe Kshlerin

Last Updated: 11/16/2022

Views: 6474

Rating: 4.7 / 5 (77 voted)

Reviews: 84% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Moshe Kshlerin

Birthday: 1994-01-25

Address: Suite 609 315 Lupita Unions, Ronnieburgh, MI 62697

Phone: +2424755286529

Job: District Education Designer

Hobby: Yoga, Gunsmithing, Singing, 3D printing, Nordic skating, Soapmaking, Juggling

Introduction: My name is Moshe Kshlerin, I am a gleaming, attractive, outstanding, pleasant, delightful, outstanding, famous person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.