30. Around the Window
Create shelving on all sides of your window to create a functional frame. As you can see, there is a ladder close by for when you need to get the books up high.
31. Hammock Chair
Not only are hammock chairs really trendy right now (and for a good reason) but they also maximize space. That extra ground space definitely makes the room feel more open than a big clunky armchair. Plus, they are just super cute and fun!
32. Fold Up Furniture
You can find stylish furniture that also is functional. Like this gorgeous leather fold-up chair! Perfect to bring out when you have guests visiting and easy to put away when they leave.
33. Go Bold
Sometimes with the right kind of eye, you can go bold and make it work! This room is absolutely charming and it is filled with treasures and wonders, bold patterns and bright colors, and a welcoming feel.
34. Under Sofa Storage
Store some filing cabinets under your sofa for a quick access storage system that looks cool and works great. Perfect for holding all those knick-knacks like extra buttons, cards and games, letters, or whatever you want to hide out of the way.
35. Raised Blinds
If you raise your blinds higher than where your windows end it will give the impression that your ceilings are taller than they are. This is a great trick to add length and dimension to a space!
36. Warm and Cozy
Keep your small living room feeling warm and cozy. The keyword here is cozy, not cramped! Soft, fluffy rugs, squishy couches, and cute furniture can help you succeed this!
A monochromatic design can bring contrast and brightness to a small living room. However, it never hurts to add just a splash of color, even if it’s a pale yellow or a bright orange!
38. Retro Lamp
This kind of retro lamp really works in a small living space. You can reach it out to exactly the place in the room you want to bring some light and brighten things up.
39. Tall Trees
Tall skinny plants are another way of creating height in a small living room and your ceilings will automatically feel higher! It’s amazing how we can trick our eyes with a little bit of intelligent design!
40. Eyes Up
One way to distract from how small your small living room is with a wild painting on the wall. It keeps the eyes looking up and can easily tie together a room with its matching colors.
Check out how cool it looks when you mismatch your furniture! It creates a lovely dynamic flow to the environment by having different textures, patterns, and colors.
42. Go Glass
By using transparent furniture it almost looks like it isn’t there! This is a great way to fool your eyes into thinking the room is bigger than it is.
43. Tuck Away
Make your furniture easy to tuck away when it’s not in use so you can open up a room more when you need the space. This way you have the option to bring out extra seating when you have guests visiting.
44. Striped Rug
A bold horizontally striped rug can give the eyes an illusion of the room being wider than it really is. It’s also just a really fun touch to any living space!
45. Vertical Pictures
Hang your pictures up on the wall in a vertical manner to create an illusion of height in the room. Your ceilings will feel higher and therefore your small living room will feel more spacious and open.
46. Tall Exposed Legs
Tall exposed legs make your room feel tall and long. Fake your way to high ceilings and trick your guests (and yourself) into thinking your living room is a lot bigger than it is.
47. On an Angle
Try putting your furniture on an angle, not directly flat against the wall and see how that changes the feeling of the room. Go on, give it a try!
48. Up High
Can you spot the design trick in this photo? That’s right, once again we see that the curtains have been hung higher than the actual windows. It really adds extra length to the small living room.
49. Pick a Shade
Pick a color and stick with it. If you’re going with orange, vary the shades throughout the room to create dimension while still matching. It’s a wonderful way to create a lovely flow in a room.
50. Window Seating
Sitting by the bright open window and taking in that outdoor sun as you read a book or visit with friends will help you forget altogether that your living room is small.
51. Cool Urban Vibes
This room is just vibing something fun and cool. That wicked green moss color combined with the old brick, the vintage chest and a lovely armchair in the mix. These small living room ideas feel like you could have a great place to relax and just hang out.
52. Soft Accents
Create flow and bring your room together by using soft accents. A soft teal in the pillow matches the pictures on the wall and also go well with the darker teal spotted in the curtains.
Are you the fun and playful kind of person? Well, show it off through your house design in your small living room! This room looks like the kind of place you’d have tea parties dressed up in funny gowns with your girlfriends.
54. Boho Casual
Keep things casual so that you feel invited and welcomed into your living room. A little bit of mess can sometimes be a good thing!
Updating your small living room doesn’t have to break the bank. Check out the coffee table in this picture! That’s right, it’s made from old pallets and blends right into the neutral tones of the space.
56. Matchy Matchy
I absolutely love this idea! They’ve matched the floorboards, the walls, and the sofa too! It makes the sofa just blend right in and the lack of contrast makes the room feel soft and warm.
57. Wall Lamps
Install your lamps onto the wall to free up floor area and have more room for furniture pieces or walking space. Get really stylish by matching the color of the lamps to your color scheme.
58. Vertical Striped Walls
Are your eyes deceiving you? You may think this small living room is bigger than it really is. That’s because the light vertical stripes on the wall are an effective design trick to make you think that way!
59. Monochromatic Minimalism
Even though this small living room is minimalistic it’s marvelous. A monochromatic color scheme with leather accents and random yet cool decoration.
Eclectic can still be elegant! As you can see there are a lot of random pieces in this room and somehow it all seems to work and flow together seamlessly. It really takes the attention away from the size of the room.
Once you start to look at all the options for your small living room ideas, you will start to understand it’s potential! There are so many small living room ideas, you just have to turn on your creativity and get inspired.
So, are you inspired? Inspired by elegant and cozy living spaces, loud and proud dens, and monochromatic minimalist designs? Thankfully, with access to the internet, it’s easy to find inspiration and check out clever designs that people have come up with. It’s fun to see the unique design elements people use to trick the human eye. Horizontally striped carpets to create width, raised curtains to create height, exciting paintings to distract the eye.
Use these tricks and ideas to start designing your own small living room ideas for transformation and you will be surprised and proud of the outcome.