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We’ve gathered decorating ideas for a small living room so your space can be fun and functional. With a balance of color, texture and scale, your small living room will feel larger and serve all your entertaining and lounging dreams.

Infuse color through decor

While selecting a more neutral color for a large piece in a living room (like a sofa or storage piece) is a great idea, you can have some fun incorporating bright colors through smaller decor items. Bold, bright artwork, pillows and accent chairs are easy to add and pack a colorful punch into this small space without feeling overbearing. It’s balanced by the light, neutral tones in the media storage piece and rug, while the Andre sofa and Parsons coffee table anchor the living room with darker hues.

Go green

Potted trees and plants are one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to decorate a small living room. They bring fresh life to a room without taking up too much space. Use modern planters, baskets or vases to upscale your greenery displays. We love how this tall fiddle-leaf fig draws the eye upward and accents the frame wall above the sofa.

More & smaller items (vs. one large piece)

A few smaller pieces can actually feel less cumbersome than an over-sized sofa. Look for furniture and decor that’s still appropriately scaled (more on that later) but don’t be afraid to add that accent chair or multi-functional stool/end table to carve out smaller conversation areas in an already small space. Look to different textures and fabrics for an eclectic, modern aesthetic.

Decorate with artistic elements

Modern metals or sophisticated shapes are a fun way to bring a fresh look to a small living room. We love the mix of stainless steel, gold and brass in this living room, along with a patterned rug and accent chair. Lean photo frames against the wall for an ultra-modern look.

Scale appropriately

In general, a large furniture item or anchor piece should take up no more than two-thirds of the wall behind it. Loveseats are a smart small living room option. You can see additional items and decor follow this same recommendation: the rug extends just past the sofa, the tables cover about two-thirds the length of the sofa; the wall art and lamp are both about two-thirds the height of the wall. Together, these items create a beautiful balance of scale.

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  1. Dhruv says:

    Nice Blog. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Harshita says:

    Nice blog! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Suvajit Roy says:

    OMG love these ideas..

  4. Wow! Amazing information and ideas.

  5. Thanks for sharing so many decor tips and ideas.

  6. Ujjal Dey says:

    Beautiful! I love the colours and the smart solutions..

  7. Claudia Scott says:

    Great advice. Thanks a lot.

  8. Going green in the living room is a really good idea. Living rooms with plants have such a fresh smell and they look so nice!

  9. Thanks for sharing your helpful article.

  10. Great blog! I was looking to redecorate my living room and this article was very helpful on how to use clever ideas. Thank you.

  11. Rachel C. says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful small bedroom decorating ideas and tips, truly useful!

  12. Linda says:

    They all look great. The small living room is more useful and beautiful with the design made.

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