Even though a space may be small, it can pack a big style punch! From a room that makes the most of hidden storage, to a brightly colored space that embraces unnatural elements, each of these are unique and feel like home. Here are 46 tiny living spaces that can stand up to even the largest living rooms.
Instead of stark white paint covering the walls in this small living room, elegant, understated wallpaper takes its place. This wallpaper, with a repetitive airy design, created the perfect backdrop for the punchy bright floral pillow and matching window covering. Symmetry on either side of the classic love seat also takes this space to the next level. Matching side tables and lamps always bring a look together in the best of ways.
Don’t believe the design lie that you need lots of different colors to make a room stylish! This tiny living room embraces different shades of blue and grey. When a color palette is limited, you can explore textures even more without taking too much risk. Even though the prints are different on the floor rug, the pillow, and the framed hanging art, they work because of the shared shade of blue. Don’t know where to begin? Start with grey basics, like a couch, and build upon it from there.
Neutrals never have to be boring. In this pint-sized living room, the space gives off the visual impression of much more space. Why? It’s all about the color choices. Natural wood accents, greys, whites, and metals work together to create a streamlined design. Large windows allow a lot of natural light in and the simple, yet chic, accents embrace it fully.
If someone asked you what color scheme this living room used, what would you answer be? Chances are you’d say grey, black, and yellow. You’d be correct! If someone then asked you how many items in the space were yellow, you’d be surprised to answer only three. With a small living space, a bright color goes a very long way. One throw pillow, a framed pineapple print, and a blanket are all that’s needed to make a color statement.
A trip to the beach never looked so homey and stylish! Any trip to West Elm or Pottery Barn will give you lots of nautical inspiration. Anchors, natural twine, shells, and even whales are trending. A small living room feels bright and big with white lounge furniture and aqua shades.
This modest living room represents how furniture placement can change everything! Even though the area is small, there is ample seating. The main couch is centered in front of the statement fireplace. Other seating options include the fabric upholstered ottoman, which can be used as a coffee table, and two elegant wingback chairs.
Floor-to-ceiling windows and customized bookshelves make this living room the perfect place to cuddle up with a good book. Displaying pieces that represent your travels – like a sculpture or pottery piece – personalize the room and make it feel more like home. Mix different linen patterns on top of neutral couches and chairs.
A little glamour never hurt anyone! Interiors are embracing extra sparkle and glitz. Even though this space has a tendency to be dark, due to the lack of windows and grey wall color, layered lighting keeps it fresh and welcoming. A sparkly chandelier adds character and twin sconces along with white floor lamps give off mood lighting. A circular mirror in the back of the room also tricks the eye into thinking the square footage is larger!
Natural materials unite and make a beautiful living space! This room mixes worn metals with natural woven baskets as accents that give a casual vibe. Instead of the space looking like something pulled out of a thrift store, it looks intentionally designed. The key is using quality pieces of furniture and then adding fun antique finds.
The owner of this apartment living room has learned a valuable lesson when it comes to smaller spaces: airy tables add more visual space! Instead of adding a large coffee table that has a filled in base, the owner choose a table that takes up less visual space. Another example is the table against the wall with a metal base. Avoiding thick feet and bottoms of tables will make a space feel bigger immediately. The bright, white walls and tall ceiling don’t hurt either.
If you love to entertain, take note from this petite room. The center grey ottoman does double duty! In this example it’s used to hold books and a pretty floral arrangement. When guests are over, you can use it as additional seating. Mirrored vases also give off reflected light and add a stylish element to this grey room.
Sometimes the best way to play up a small space and make it appear bigger is to add distance between the floor and ceiling visually. The owners of this lofty living space do just that. The media console, which runs the length of the room, is close to the ground. When you add art above it, like the hanging textile, the walls seem to get larger in front of you eyes! Other pieces of art hung strategically on the other wall also make your eyes flow upward.
It doesn’t always work in design, but sometimes clearing the middle of the room and anchoring furniture pieces along the walls makes a space look bigger. In this room, that’s what the designer has done. Everything, from the rocking chair to the planter stands, are placed alongside a wall. This makes the pastel, geometric rug the main attraction. Two bright windows also bring in lots of natural sunlight.
Shabby chic doesn’t have to be over-the-top girlie. This adorable living room has feminine touches but works as a family living room. Making the most the space, the glass cabinet in the corner is filled to the max and also used as a shelf. This is a quick way to get rid of clutter and camouflage it as a stylish furniture piece. Pictures hung on string with clothespins make this room feel extra personalized.
Hidden storage tricks characterize this hip small apartment living space. Along the back of the room is a white, narrow storage space. You can hide toys for toddlers, books, or other items behind the sliding white doors. Another hidden storage space can be found below the T.V. A cabinet that houses DVDs, gaming systems, and other electronics keeps the room from looking cluttered.
How do you make a living room become a garage, guest room, and office? Take a glance at this tiny stylish room! It’s hard not to notice the bike, which is housed on the wall. A modern bike mount makes it look more like a piece of art. The couch has thick pillows which can be moved so a guest can sleep over. Lastly, the white office desk runs along the side of the room. This gives the homeowner the option to use their chair to work on their computer or turn and visit with those on the couch.
This sleek living space puts organization on display! White magazine organizers and boxes are stacked perfectly along shelves which fall on either side of a stylish fireplace. Light grey is used to accent the white and add more visual interest. The grey accent wall specifically creates a unique area.
The bay window and dramatic window coverings of this living room make a statement immediately. The designers played up the pink shade by adding twin chairs that are almost the same hue. Although this room is recognized as a “pink” space, it’s done sparingly and thought out so that it looks classic. Another trick is using a coffee table that’s glass. It gives the space a more open feel.
Take note from this masculine living room: if your windows are small, you can make them look larger by installing taller window coverings. The window in the back of the room is smaller and doesn’t take up a lot of space. The homeowners hung window coverings from the ceiling. This draws the eyes upward and makes it seem bigger. A built-in entertainment center with shelving also makes the most of this narrow room.
Red and black are dark shades for a small room but they work in this example. A white floor rug, white couch, and smaller ottomans keep the colors from dominating and looking too heavy. A fun Louis Ghost Chair adds a transparent feel.
This studio has everything you need to live! There’s a television, plenty of storage, an office set up, and a lofted sleeping space. Instead of showing clutter, the designers of this space create hidden white cabinets that run alongside the room. This is perfect for storing clothing, important documents, dishes, and other needed items. The hanging room separators aren’t too dark of a color and still make the space seem larger. Note the elongated desk that swings out so you can go up the steps to the bed!
This warm and inviting tiny living space is dominated by an oversized couch and matching ottoman. In some spaces this won’t work, but the casual feel and wood burning fireplace make this room come together stylishly. The color palette is very simple and a few accent pillows -like the English flag one – gives it more life.
A little greenery goes a long way to add life to a space! Filled with natural light, mixed prints, and different elements, this room makes you feel relaxed and revived. The eye immediately lands on the large green tree growing by the oversized windows. From there, you’ll take in a glass coffee table, a wooden side table, and a white lacquer media console. The trick to mixing these is in the accents which are strategically placed on top of the different furniture pieces and coincide with one another.
Bright colors, like yellow and turquoise, can work in a smaller living room. The trick is about balance. Here you’ll see a stunning yellow door and a bright blue office chair in the space. Those are indeed bright colors, but they work because the rest of the room embraces natural shades. Even though it’s bright, it’s not too much and it is balanced by the greenery, wood side table, and neutral couch.
Making the most of a smaller space is easy when you have stores like Ikea and The Container Store to keep you organized. This living room has at least five different storage solutions that blend perfectly with the rest of the decor. Matted white picture frames hung above the couch and higher-than-the-windows white window curtains also make the space seem larger.
A floating media shelf is a quick way to make a living room look stylish and pulled together. When you add a media shelf in the same color as the wall and fireplace insert, it takes it up even more notches! Even though there are a lot of different patterns going on in this space, from the floor rug to the pillows, they work together because of the similar color scheme.
When you take risks, you may be able to pull off a room similar to this one. Punchy bright colors cover the walls and complimentary shades are stacked on the couch in the form of accent pillows. Even though the colors are bright and not necessarily from nature, a large overgrown fern gives the fun room a natural element.
If you love spending time in museums, you may own this living space. Without feeling too sterile, this home has the perfect balance of art, books, and sculpture. Framed art prints and sketches bring a repetitive feel to the walls and contrasting accent pillows add color. A favorite item is the white giraffe sculpture which sits atop a modern tray curated with other items.
Industrial chic style is so fashionable right now. This lofted space is what urban design dreams are made of. The exposed brick mixed with the stainless steel kitchen and gold hexagon globe light make this space unique and on-trend. Instead of feeling cold, different floor rugs warm up the room and a large window covering make it feel lived-in.
When you encounter a small space like this one, it’s difficult to fit in all the necessities. The built-in white media cabinet eliminates the need for lots of furniture like side tables and a media console. The main focus is on seating and the couch rises to the occasion with lots of throw pillows and a chaise lounger at the end which gives more seating. Small, metal framed coffee tables can be moved easily and offer a base for a mug, book, or flower vase.
Sometimes your living room includes your dining table and other living spaces. In this example, the designer blended the two and made sure their color schemes and styles complimented one another. A light colored sofa allows for a mix of different colors and textures to be used above it in hanged art and on it in the form of pillows. Floral patterns are used sparingly but still give this room the feel of Spring. The wooden side table made of a tree also gives it a more organic feel.
How in the world does a room like this work? If you see some of the elements individually – like the rainbow colored chandelier or the yellow upholstered ottoman – you may scratch your head, wondering what kind of room they’d belong in. This space is a masterpiece that has been thoughtfully crafted. A neutral base is the perfect springboard for building up a whimsical color scheme and adding unique elements like wallpaper. When you break it down, two large furniture pieces are brightly colored and the rest are neutral. Other elements just play off the quirkiness of it all.
What do you do when you have a rather simple room? Add some orange elements! This space works well aesthetically and has the makings of a magazine cover. Orange pillows are placed behind other white pillows on each couch. This give the room depth and more “pop.”
Symmetry helps this room read excellent visually. You’ll notice there are matching lamps, chairs with throw pillows, couch pillows, and artwork. Designers can use bright colors when using symmetry to understand a room. Any color goes, as long as it compliments others and the artwork, in a room such as this.
The four watercolor prints in the right hand corner of the room work as a “design map” for this space. Pastel blues and pinks work together and build upon the bright living room. The grey striped curtain and the grey geometric floor rug relate to one another because they’re the same exact color. The rest of the palette embraces white and small gold accents.
All white rooms look beautiful when they include layered textures. This space has a massive feather-like chandelier element that adds an organic feel. Pillows with a mix of stripes, polka dots, and dashes build upon one another and keep the room from looking boring. Layered rugs also keep the living space from feeling too lifeless.
This very traditional living room feels much bigger than it is thanks to the use of a mirror above the fireplace and large windows on either side. Sophisticated navy and sage accents give this room a timeless feel. The monogrammed throw pillow on one of the wingback chairs in front of the fireplace makes it feel like home.
The varying heights of the furniture in this fun apartment give the space variety. The couch is very low-to-the-ground, while the television stand is higher and the other side tables are in-between. A picture gallery above the couch and between the two windows keep your eyes looking upward. A kitschy deer head defines the space as hip.
When in doubt, embrace natural wood tones. This small living room has different wooden accents throughout. From the wooden floor lamp to the wooden frames on the wall, there’s a congruent style happening. When you mix in some metal elements, like the side table, design magic begins to happen!
Nature is celebrated in this full living room. Aztec throw pillows in varying shades of red immediately grab your attention. From there, greenery makes the room feel alive. The three different green plants are presented at different sizes and heights. This adds interest and variety. A structured gallery wall with a mirror also helps the ceiling seem taller.
Sometimes you have to put a couch in front of a window. In this case, the set up works. Two different lamps on either side bring formality to the space and a brightly colored painting helps keep the room from looking too bland. Different ceramic stools also give a place for a cup of coffee or a book without taking up too much floor space.
Pink striped chairs can work in a room when they’re the main attraction. This small living room has a big style punch thanks to a witty furniture setup and a few bright colors. The extra small window on the side of the T.V. gives another angle of natural light into the room. This makes it feel really airy and light. To pull off the two pink chairs, the rest of the room is more muted.
A masculine and dark living room can be more stylish than any other. The main dark couch looks inviting and cozy while the rest of the furniture is acrylic clear or has thin-legs. This style trick balances out an otherwise heavy design choice, like the dark couch and grey wall color.
Vintage-chic is a trend that is hard to pull off. Either it looks elegant, like this image, or it looks like you picked out all of your items at Goodwill. Two tables are placed at varying heights and this breaks up the monotony of the room. To bring them together, two identical lamps are placed on each. A brightly colored map looks more like a treasured art piece than a thrift store find because it’s matted professionally and is complimented by art on either side.
Remember the rule of thirds in design. Everything looks better in threes. In this room’s case, the wall looks better with thirty percent of it covered in art. You eyes are directed toward the wall of art prints and the window near the back of the room. This not only adds interest, it makes the room look bigger and more open.
This room mimics its outdoor view of an architectural bridge. It’s important to bring elements of the outdoors in. Dark greys and industrial-inspired lighting makes for a dramatic scene. With a beautiful view like this, it’s no wonder there isn’t a television in sight! Instead, books are on display, stacked like they’re another art piece in the room.