Furnish Small Living Room: 5 Tips

A small living room is not a reason to despair. You can make the room cozy in your home even without sprawling sofa landscapes and bulky armchairs. You will learn how to decorate a small living room in the following five tips.

You can transform your small living room into a cozy, relaxing place with a few tips and tricks
You can transform your small living room into a cozy, relaxing place with a few tips and tricks.
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1. Less Is More! For Furniture and Color

A small living room should be furnished with few but purposefully selected pieces of furniture and create a harmonious image, following one style. Leave enough space between the individual pieces of furniture and provide an open area where nothing stands or hangs to give the living room structure and the eye a break.

Less is more, therefore, also applies to your colors when decorating the small living room: The brighter, the better. Bright, small rooms look friendly and cozy. On the other hand, small, dark rooms cause anxiety and fear in many people – unless you like caves in general. Therefore, choose a friendly basic color and combine it with black, white, or gray shades. This rule applies to decorations, pictures, pillows, blankets, and wall colors. Paint only one wall in color – preferably the one opposite the window or right next to it.

Bleiben Sie bei einer Farbe und spielen Sie beim Einrichten eines kleinen Wohnzimmers mit den unterschiedlichen Farbtönen dieser Farbe. Das erzeugt ein harmonisches Bild im Zimmer
Bleiben Sie bei einer Farbe und spielen Sie beim Einrichten eines kleinen Wohnzimmers mit den unterschiedlichen Farbtönen dieser Farbe. Das erzeugt ein harmonisches Bild im Zimmer.
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2. Small Living Room = Small, High Furniture

Large, flashy furniture and a lot of decoration look very nice in a large, high room and give it character. Conversely, choose the sofa, armchair, and cabinets wisely in a small living room. Small pieces of furniture, which have a fine silhouette, stand on narrow legs, and therefore look light, are visually more suitable and allow more air to breathe in the room than bulky, sprawling sofas and armchairs or even cabinets.

Smaller furniture is more suitable for a small living room than sprawling pieces of furniture. Traditional pieces of furniture can be replaced with new ideas
Smaller furniture is more suitable for a small living room than sprawling pieces of furniture. Traditional pieces of furniture can be replaced with new ideas.
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An Example

Don’t choose a classic, overhanging coffee table, but rather opt for a side table as a coffee table – or combine two side tables to create a larger storage area, for example. Would you prefer a traditional coffee table after all? Then how about one made of glass? It will visually recede into the background. Use modern and comfortable chairs instead of pompous wing chairs as seating, and your small living room will look airy, light, and modern.

There are no limits when it comes to the height of the furniture for the interior of your small living room. The motto is definitely: go high! Take advantage of the ceiling height of the living room and place narrow shelves or maximum two-door cabinets to create storage space. In general, play with the different heights of the various pieces of furniture because this way, you create a loosened-up room image.

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Place the sofa so you look at the seat when you enter the door – this makes the small living room more inviting and visually cozy.

Furniture made of glass always fades into the background visually - this is an advantage, especially in small living rooms. As a result, the base color and the combined shades come into their own better
Furniture made of glass always fades into the background visually – this is an advantage, especially in small living rooms. As a result, the base color and the combined shades come into their own better.
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3. Make the Most of the Space: One Piece of Furniture, Multiple Functions

Despite a small living room, you don’t have to do without any comforts in the living area – this usually only works if you buy multifunctional furniture. There are more of these than you might think: the sofa as a possible guest sofa bed with storage space under the mattress is already one of the classics. An upholstered stool can be storage space, a coffee table, a footstool, and additional seating for guests. A pretty shelf next to the sofa works as a bookshelf and storage space in general, and as a side table, there is space for reading lamps, drinks, snacks, and storage space for odds and ends. If no extra space is needed in the small living room, a folding bench without a backrest can also be used as a table or as a room divider towards the dining area.

Think unusual and around the corner to make your living area as cozy and practical as possible. For example, a flower stand skillfully showcases flower pots or vases and can be an atypical side table or act as a minibar.

Tickle the maximum out of each piece of furniture: those who furnish their living room in a small space would do well to be creative when decorating. An upholstered stool is one way to fill multiple functions with one item
Tickle the maximum out of each piece of furniture: those who furnish their living room in a small space would do well to be creative when decorating. An upholstered stool is one way to fill multiple functions with one item.
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4. Light On! Light the Living Room Well

Daylight is, of course, the first choice when it comes to a light source when decorating a small living room. Therefore, install transparent curtains – or none at all, but work with privacy films and curtain scarves that visually frame the window and block out prying eyes in the evening. Also, don’t place any furniture directly in front of the window, as this removes additional light fall areas. So always leave a space between the window and the furniture – even though the distance may not be noticeable at first glance, it will do its job.

Lamps should be placed and hung several in your living room. Be sure to match the warmth and brightness of the bulbs. Otherwise, it will look cluttered. Indirect lighting is an excellent choice to make the small living room look wider than it is and conjure up a cozy atmosphere in the evening.

Multiple, different light sources are essential in a small living room
Multiple, different light sources are essential in a small living room.
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5. Small Living Room Is Visually Huge – Thanks to Horizontal Stripes and Mirrors

What is not available in depth and width in a small living room can be visually faked in. How? Quite simply: mirrors immediately make a room wider and deeper. A well-placed mirror also performs the reflector function in a small room, throwing more light into the room. To do this, you should hang the mirror opposite the window or, if impossible, on the side wall next to the window.

To visually widen the room, you can resort to cross stripes. Specifically, this means putting a border on the wall or leaving a white strip below the ceiling instead of coloring the whole wall. Another somewhat unconventional cross-striping method is to place a board in the center of a wall, along most of its total length, and place decorations, photos, glasses, or flowers on it.

More light, air, and coziness: Attach a mirror to the side wall next to a window, and your small living room will look bigger
More light, air, and coziness: Attach a mirror to the side wall next to a window, and your small living room will look bigger.
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