Small Living Room Design Ideas
Small rooms need to be dedicated multitaskers, so this living room features a long sofa that moonlights as a guest crash pad. And the ottoman gets a helping hand from a tray. allowing it to double as a coffee table. Live large in even the smallest living room by combining space-savvy furnishings with pretty fabrics and accessories.
Think flexibility when it comes to your furnishings. Three colorful tables stand in for the usual coffee table in this sitting area. It’s easy to move the pieces off to the side of the room, opening the floor up for young children to play and easing the traffic flow when entertaining. Floor pillows provide extra seating, and a round jute rug breaks up the boxiness and contrasts with the vertical wall stripes.
Living in a small space is a lot like packing the car for a famity road trip: The better it’s packed, the more you can fit in. With that in mind, this seating area uses bookcases to create a partial wall and a sofa back. Hinged lids on the sectional sofa base flip up for even more storage.
Create a cozy conversation grouping that’s coordinated yet eclectic by assembling a variety of furniture styles with white and of[white upholstery. Here, armless slipper chairs squeeze more function out of less space, easily easing into the tight quarters without impeding the flow of traffic around the room.
Introduce one-of-a-kind character to a living room by fashioning a coffee table from a vintage door. Painted white and fitted with legs from a home store, this repurposed portal provides ample space for books and knickknacks.
Color consistency can help a small home feel larger. Here, the first- floor public spaces are painted a warm gray. while the upstairs bedroom (not shown) features a cool gray. A square painted behind the mantel incorporates all
of the shades into the living room and calls attention to an intricate vintage mirror.
Older homes are notorious for their warrens of small. boxy rooms. Removing a wall between this living room and dining room opened up both spaces and allowed for a dramatic brown-and-white color scheme. Pillars provide a subtle delineation between the two and help draw the eye upward.
Use a glass lamp to shed a little light on the matter without adding visual clutter to a room. The barely-there lamp on the side table offsets the floor- to -ceiling bookshelves and allows natural light to pass unencumbered into the room.
Neutral furnishings are great for letting petite spaces feel light and airy, but adding a touch of black is key to
keeping a room from simply floating away. A black coffee table and lampshade elegantly ground this seating area.
Play with scale to deliver big impact An oversize mirror balances the heft of the sofa in this space, and a large patterned throw pillow creates a strong focal point. Reaching from floor to ceiling, wispy tree branches subtly pull all of the elements together.
Maximize the space in an open floor plan by
arranging furniture in zones for different activities,
such as conversation seating, watching television,
and game playing.
• Position furniture away from the walls. The
ideal way to arrange furniture for the best zoning
may mean that sofas and tables don’t necessarily
line up along the walls. Consider putting them
and other large pieces of furniture at an angle
rather than parallel to walls.
• Anchor a furniture grouping and delineate it
from others by creating an “island” with an area rug.
• Leave unobstructed pathways between
zones to create predictable traffic patterns
around a room. If possible, arrange the furniture
so you and your guests can walk across the
room without needing to cut directly through a