How to Make the Best of a Small Living Room

The living room is the hub of the house. Regardless of its size, this room should be able to function as a space for both relaxation and entertainment. Designing a living room when you’re short of space can feel daunting and impossible. It’s important to carefully choose the colour scheme and furniture arrangement, and be tactical in your use of storage. A small living room doesn’t have to be claustrophobic and even the smallest space can have big potential. When it comes to designing, many small living room ideas revolve around trying to make the room appear more spacious. Keeping space in mind can simply make your living room feel more cozy and enjoyable.

Check out our tips and tricks to create space in a small living room:


The first thing to remember for a small living room is not to cram in too much furniture. Choosing a couch that is proportional to the size of the room is important. Always consider the size and design of the couch and opt for ones that look lightweight in appearance. Heavy and bulky couches can dominate the small room. Stools are also perfect as they take up less space than armchairs and can be moved around with ease.

Circular shapes can give the illusion of more space in the room, which is why a round coffee table works better in small spaces. It gives you the space to move around easily and without having to worry about bumping your knees on sharp edges!


The easiest and most effective way to make a small living room feel bigger is to choose the right colour scheme. Stick to soft, pastel shades, off-whites, and beiges rather than darker tones as they can create a cramped feeling. Lighter shades can create a calming effect. Choose colourful decor, artwork or even wallpaper to add pops of colour without making the room feel too crowded. However, don’t over clutter with the decorative pieces! Keeping it simple is the key.


When placed strategically, mirrors are the easiest way to open up a small space and make them feel bigger. They make the space look bigger as they reflect the light in the room. Hanging a large mirror in the centre of the room can help your small living room have a focal point, as well as give the illusion of more space. Putting mirrors behind lamps can add a warm ambience to the room. Having tall mirrors on the wall can also lead the eye upwards, making the room feel more spacious.


Small spaces need to be kept tidy and free of clutter, which is why everything in the room needs to have its own space. Floating shelves are a popular trend. Perfect for a small room, they create storage and decorative space on the wall while acting as a focal point for the room. You can also have built-ins for books and collectibles. It can help keep your room organised. You can even choose furnishings with multiple purposes: displaying books under the coffee table for example… the ones that make you look the most intellectual of course…


If your living room has high ceilings, show off this covetable feature. Take advantage of it and draw the eye upwards! This can create an illusion of more space and lets the eye wander somewhere other than eye-level. Floor to ceiling curtains are perfect to accomplish this trick.

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Manya Mehra

Manya graduated with an Honours degree in 2018 in Creative and Professional Writing. Alongside that, she is passionate about interior design, house renovation and art.


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