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Clever Decoration Ideas for Small Living Rooms

Published On: Aug 16, 2022

There is no doubt that the living room is one of the most important rooms of your house. After all, it is where you welcome your guests and spend quality time with the entire family. However, a small living room can easily feel cluttered, leaving people unwilling to spend time in it. Thankfully, there are clever hacks that can make your small living room appear much larger. Below is a list of decoration ideas that will take your ambience from cramped to cosy, ensuring that no space is wasted in the compact room.

1. Install Smart Lighting

Lighting is the key to making your small room look bigger and creating a cosier atmosphere. In tight rooms, it’s best to install smart lights that add illumination without encroaching too much on the space. One trick is to choose lighting that can be attached to the wall or hung from the ceiling to save floor space.

Install Smart Lighting

If you want to go for a table lamp, look for one that doubles up as a piece of art. Also, ensure that your corners are well lit. You don’t want them to be shadow traps and make the space even smaller.


2. DIY a Barn Door

DIY a Barn Door

Sliding barn doors are ideal for compact spaces. Unlike swinging doors, barn doors do not need room to open and take much less floor space. They also do a great job of separating an alcoved bedroom and enhancing the privacy of both spaces. Besides functionality, sliding barn doors are also aesthetically appealing. You can DIY a fancy barn door to match the feel of your room.


3. Swap a Sofa for Club Chairs

If your room does not have space for a full-fledged sofa, swap it for club chairs. Cosy armchairs are a great way to add style and colour to your living room. You can place a pair alongside a small sofa set for extra seating or get a group of them to replace the couch altogether. 

Cosy club chairs can provide a great conversation area around the fireplace or by the window.


4. Choose a Small Rug

Choose a Small Rug

A smaller room naturally requires a smaller rug. There are a few things you need to keep in mind while choosing a small rug for your living room. The colour should match the theme of your room to create a monochrome look. However, you can also go for a bold contrast. A light coloured rug that matches the colour of your floor will make your room look more spacious.


5. Take Advantage of High Ceilings

Take Advantage of High Ceilings

High ceilings are highly advantageous for small rooms. Firstly, they provide a unique opportunity to invite extra light to the room through the upper windows. Secondly, they provide much more wall space for hanging artwork and pictures. You can also utilise the extra ceiling space with vertical storage units that keep your tables de-cluttered. Just play with the scale when there isn't enough floor space to have fun with.


6. Build Shelves

Build Shelves

If keeping your living room organised is your priority, built-in shelves can be a good idea. Built-in shelves are better space savers than free-standing ones. Moreover, they give you the freedom to choose the designs that complement your interiors. You can customise the length, breadth and height to ensure no space is wasted.


7. Pick a Dark Paint Colour

Pick a Dark Paint Colour

Picking dark paint colours not only makes the living room more inviting but also creates a stylish backdrop for simple, sophisticated furniture. The trick is to balance the dark walls with lighter items to add an element of depth to your room. Also, painting the ceiling the same colour as the wall draws the eye up, giving the impression of a higher ceiling.


8. Fill the Room

Fill the Room

By advising you to fill the room, we do not mean to overcrowd it. You can neatly fit all your furniture in the space without making it claustrophobic. A small living room, well filled with essential furniture, exudes a sense of warmth and intimacy that large living spaces fail to provide. 


9. Display Your Artwork Strategically

Display Your Artwork Strategically

Like the décor items, you can display your artwork strategically to create the illusion of an elongated space. Instead of horizontally placing your artwork on the wall, extend them vertically to the ceiling. This will make the living room feel bigger and prevent your wall from looking cramped. The feature wall can be the room's focal point that grabs all the attention. 


10. Build Banquettes

Build Banquettes

If you’re looking to turn a little extra area into a small living room, build banquettes. Not only do they save space, but you can also add some storage beneath. When you customise your seating this way, you can accommodate more people. Add bench cushions and a lot of pillows for extra plush. Get creative with the low seatings so that more of your guests can congregate and cosy up.


11. Paint Your Walls White

Paint Your Walls White

An easy way to brighten up your living room is to paint the walls white. With white all around, you won’t feel claustrophobic even in a tiny space. White walls also form an ideal background for eye-catching paintwork or a colourful piece of furniture. But if white seems too dull for you, you can go for other light colours. 


12. Float Your Furniture

Float Your Furniture

While it may seem counterintuitive, pushing all your furniture up against the wall may not be the best way to make your room look larger. Doing that creates a dead space in the centre and does not give any breathing room to your furniture. 

So instead, interior designers suggest leaving a few inches between the wall and the couch. Floating your furniture will create a more intimate environment for conversations and give a sense of balance to the room.


13. Hang a Chair

Hang a Chair

Hanging chairs are not just charming but also a lifesaver in small living rooms. They provide extra seating without occupying a ton of space. Whether a hammock, basket chair, rattan or acrylic, a hanging chair in the living room provides a remarkably relaxing environment.


14. Shrink Your Sofa

Shrink Your Sofa

Small living rooms call for a small sofa. So shrink your sofa to add alternate seating instead. Since the couch will still occupy most of the space, let it be an impressive piece that fills your living room with personality. You can then add matching armchairs or stools to ensure enough seating.


15. Make it Multi-Purpose

Make it Multi-Purpose

If you’re living in a small home, it becomes more important to use your space efficiently. Your small living room can very well serve the purpose of a family room or home office. All you need is the right furniture that serves multiple purposes. 

Adding ottomans to your room is one way to make it multi-purpose. The furniture can be your coffee table, footrest or extra seating, whatever the situation demands. Another trick is layering your coffee table. It's a clever and stylish way of storing multiple coffee tables independently when they're not used.


16. Incorporate Mirrors

Incorporate Mirrors

Incorporating mirrors is the oldest trick in interior design; nevertheless, very effective. An oversized mirror by the wall reflects the interiors, instantly creating a feeling of more space. Try customising the frame with the colour of the wall to make it more cohesive.


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In a Nut Shell

With the right layout, furniture and decoration, any living room can look great, whatever the shape or size. Interior Company has many stylish, efficient and affordable interior décor ideas to turn your living room into a snug and beautiful space to hang out. Book a consultation today!

How can I make my living room appear larger?

With clever decoration hacks, you can create the illusion of a larger room. They include installing smart lighting, customising the furniture to enhance the room, sticking to a tight colour palette and incorporating mirrors.

Do mirrors make a room look bigger?

Yes, mirrors reflect light and colour across the room, creating the illusion of depth and a  larger space.

What paint colour will make my living room look bigger?

You can choose both dark or bright colours for your living room depending upon your personality. However, painting the walls and ceilings the same colour can give the impression of a taller ceiling, making your room appear bigger than it actually is.