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10 Simple Small Living Room Decor Ideas for Maximizing Your Space



Welcome to our latest blog post! We're SO happy you're here. In this post, we will lay out 10 simple small living room decor ideas to help you maximize your limited space. Small living rooms can present a challenge when it comes to creating a comfortable and functional space, but with the right design tricks and decor choices, you can transform your small living room into a cozy and inviting retreat. Whether you're looking to maximize storage, create the illusion of more space, or simply add some style to your small living room, we've got you covered with these 10 easy and affordable decor ideas.


If you're struggling to make the most of your small living room, don't worry – we've got you covered with these 10 simple and affordable decor ideas that will help you maximize your space.


Tip #1 - Use a Light Color Scheme for the Space


Using a light color scheme in a small space can help to create the illusion of a larger and brighter area. Light colors reflect natural and artificial light, which helps to make a space feel more open and airy. Dark colors absorb light and can make a room feel smaller and more enclosed.


Tip #2 - Mirrors, Mirrors, Mirrors!


Mirrors are going to be your best friend in small spaces. You can definitely go overboard with these, but it's very relative to the space you're working in. Consider at least one large wall mirror and a floor mirror UNLESS you have windows/glass doors in the space - then you can probably get away with one. A small gallery wall of mirrors can work magic too!


Mirrors can help to create an illusion of more space in a small room by reflecting light and making the room appear larger and brighter. They can also be used strategically to enhance natural light and create an airy feel in the space.


"The best rooms have something to say about the people who live in them," - David Hicks

Tip #3 - Multi-Functional Furniture


Using multi-functional furniture in a small space can provide numerous benefits, such as saving space, maximizing storage, and increasing functionality. For instance, a storage ottoman can be used as a coffee table, extra seating, and a storage unit, while a sofa bed can be used as a couch during the day and a bed at night, saving the need for an extra room or bed. Investing in multi-functional furniture allows you to make the most of your small space without sacrificing style or comfort.



Tip #4 - Use Wall Space NOT Floor Space


The more you can hang on the walls and get off the floor, the better. This goes for "big ticket" items, like media centers and TVs - get floating ones and hang them if you can! Consider putting up floating shelves to hold plants, display decor items, hold books, etc.


Freeing up floor space in a small living room is important because it creates the illusion of more space and makes the room feel less cluttered. It also makes it easier to move around the room and can allow for the addition of more seating or storage options without making the room feel cramped.


Tip #5 - Hang Curtains Tall & Wide


When hanging curtains in a small space, it's recommended to hang the curtain rod 4-6 inches above the window frame and extend the rod 6-12 inches beyond the sides of the frame to create the illusion of a larger window and give the room a more spacious feel.


Tip #6 - Go BIG on the Area Rug


I know, I know, it seems counterintuitive to go big in a small room, but getting a bigger area rug that all of your furniture can fit on can actually help to unify the space. Large area rugs can make small spaces appear larger by visually expanding the floor space and creating a sense of depth. They also add warmth, texture, and color to the room, which can make the space feel more inviting and cozy. Additionally, area rugs can help define different zones within a small living room, such as a seating area or a dining area, making the space feel more organized and functional.


Tip #7 - Pops of Color


Adding pops of color to a small space can make it feel more lively, interesting and can help to create a visual break from the monotony of a neutral color scheme. It can also draw attention away from any limitations in the space, making it feel more expansive and dynamic. It also creates some depth in the space, giving the illusion of a bigger room.


IDEAS FOR POPS OF COLOR (art, pillows, blankets)


Tip #8 - Plants


Adding plants to a small living room can have numerous benefits. Firstly, they bring natural beauty and visual interest to the space, making it feel more inviting and lively. Plants also help to purify the air and create a healthier environment. In addition, incorporating plants into a small living room can create a sense of depth and dimensionality, making the space feel larger and more spacious. Finally, caring for plants can be a relaxing and fulfilling activity, which can contribute to a more positive and enjoyable living experience overall. I also just think plants should be everywhere, and I will always find a way to incorporate them into every space!




Tip #9 - Modular Sectionals = Flexibility


If you have the space for a sectional, go modular! It will be your best friend! Here are some things to think about:

  1. They can be customized to fit the exact size and shape of the room, maximizing the available space.

  2. They offer flexibility in terms of rearranging the seating arrangement, making it easy to adapt to different activities or events.

  3. They often come with built-in storage options, such as hidden compartments or drawers, which can help to free up floor space and reduce clutter.


Tip #10 - Use Lighting Strategically


You can use lighting to your advantage in a small space by incorporating various light sources, such as floor lamps, table lamps, and overhead lighting. Additionally, using light bulbs with a warm tone can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere, while adding dimmer switches can allow you to adjust the level of lighting to suit your needs. Mirrors can also be strategically placed to reflect light and make the space appear larger and brighter.



I hope these 10 simple decor ideas have inspired you to maximize your small living room space! Remember to keep it light, add pops of color, and free up floor space with multi-functional furniture. Don't forget the importance of mirrors and plants, and consider a modular sectional for ultimate flexibility. By using these tips, you can create a cozy and inviting living space that feels bigger than it actually is. And if you still need some help, feel free to schedule a consultation with us to get even more personalized ideas and advice.


Happy decorating!


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