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Essentials for a small living room

  • Interior Design
Feb 15, 2018
Small Living Room Essential Design Ideas With Blue Sofa & White Curtains - Beautiful Homes

We show you how to efficiently utilise space when decorating a small living room

For smaller living room designs, walls in neutral colours & sleek, contemporary lines are your best options. Slowly work in textures, prints highlights & pockets of colour to personalise this family space.



Forget big couches and overstuffed armchairs. Opt for a sleek two-seater sofa, padded bench or slim L-shaped sofa for living room that fits neatly into a corner. Place two compact, armless lounge chairs in a contrasting colour if you need more seating.



Go in for layered fixtures that throw light at different heights. Choose a low hanging drop light or floor lamp for specific zones, spotlights on the ceiling or wall sconces for ambient illumination and accent lights to accentuate details.


Consider an open shelving system like etageres; taller, skinny units draw the eye upward. A light wood finish or brass-and-glass unit add drama without overpowering the space. Floating shelves with in-built recessed lights can also form a wonderful focal point in the living room design.



A streamlined centre table can also provide hidden storage; look at options like a simple wooden chest or large ottoman with storage. Consider nesting tables as side tables to give you added flat surfaces when needed.


Window Dressings and Soft Furnishings

Soft flowing curtains are your best bet. Place the curtain rod closer to the ceiling – this gives the illusion of a bigger space making your small living room look spacious. Use throw cushions to add colour and place a small rug in the centre of the seating arrangement. Leave the rest of the floor bare to make the room look bigger. 


Highlights and Accents

Hang simple framed artwork or photographs for a gallery wall or place a large framed mirror to reflects natural light. This opens-up a room, making it look brighter.


Small Living Room Wall Décor Ideas With Wall Framed Artwork - Beautiful Homes
Make the most of your walls by using them to hang framed artwork for creating a gallery wall. This helps pull the eye upwards and adds a splash of colour to your room.
Small Living Room Design With Streamlined Seater or Padded Bench, Light Weight Furniture in Cream Colour - Beautiful Homes
A streamlined seater or padded bench is visually light and makes the room seem airier. Also, light weight furniture allows you to move it often, giving you the flexibility of changing the appearance of your room by simply rearranging it.
Small Living Room Design With Olive Green Sofa & Colourful Rug - Beautiful Homes
A compact centre table can prove to be a great anchor for the room. To make your seating arrangement pop, place a colourful rug and pile your seater with cushions in different materials and textures.
Small Living Room Design With Wooden Furniture & Hanging Lights - Beautiful Homes
Layer lights at different heights for better illumination. Use a drop or hanging light to throw light over your seating area.

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