If your living room or family room is cramped and cluttered, the last thing you want to do is spend time there. That is unless you fool your eyes into thinking that space is bigger than it looks. That is not magic; that’s just smart setup. When you redecorate, one of the easiest ways to make a small living room feel more spacious is by injecting soft pastel colors into your design scheme to keep the room warm and inviting – see our ideas for a living room color scheme for more inspiration.
Be prepared to embed all these tips and turn your small living room or small family room into a comfortable and stylish oasis for you and your home guests to enjoy.
Add storage near the ceiling
You might not even have spotted it at first glance, but this owner has mounted some carefully camouflaged white storage units at the top of the living room walls, where any clutter can be stashed away. Off-the-shelf kitchen wall cabinets are ideal for this, if you plan to do the same, be very to careful the maximum load that each unit can take when wall mounted – you don’t want everything crashing down on your head, after all.
Distract with statement pieces
Pick one or two statement items, such as an over-sized table lamp, an attention-grabbing piece of art or an armchair upholstered in a fabulous fabric, and keep the rest of the room relatively clutter-free. These will make the room feel up to date and draw attention away from its size.
Choose light colors for the walls
Our current favorites are blush pinks (as shown), pale blue/greys and dusky lilacs. Those shades will make any small living room feel fresh and inviting – cozy, and yet not closed in. Steer clear of brilliant whites and instead pick those with a subtle green, grey or taupe tone.
Invest in multi-functional furniture
When it comes to small living rooms, hard-working, multi-functional pieces of furniture are your friends. Take this coffee table, which doubles as a storage bin, allowing you to clear away any clutter at a moment’s notice. You could also invest in lidded stools or even a sofa with storage under the seat. Add wall mirrors and furniture with reflective surfaces into your design scheme to maximize the amount of natural light in your living room to make it feel bigger and brighter.
Use lighting to your advantage
Mark out a living space with an overhanging pendant light and carefully positioned round coffee table. The two pieces work together to create a focal point around which you can sit a couple of chairs and add floor cushions or stools when guests visit. Here, a selection of accessories and books are displayed on industrial-style open shelving to create a relaxed feel without hiding the beautiful texture of a slate feature wall.