Clever decorating ideas for small living rooms

Small living rooms can be a challenge to keep neat, clutter free and visually interesting. The following space saving ideas, simple design tricks and clever storage ideas can help your small living room seem larger.


Install mirrored walls: Mirrored walls reflect the entire living area, enlarging the space and giving it visual depth. Photo via Burley Katon Halliday.


Use all available light: If you are lucky enough to have large windows in your living room, take advantage of it by keeping window treatments simple or to a minimum to avoid blocking the windows. Image via Apartment Therapy.


Use your walls: Take advantage of your walls and awkward spaces, including alcove areas to provide extra storage. This living room cleverly incorporates diagonal shelving to create visual interest. Image via The Design Files.


Choose a neutral colour scheme: Using neutral colours such as white, beige, grey and other muted tones can help make your room feel larger as the eye is able to roam freely without interruption. It also helps to create a calm atmosphere which can make the room feel bigger. Image via Better Homes and Gardens.


Using patterns: Having a small space doesn’t mean you are restricted in your decorating choices. If you want to use a bold patterned wallpaper, choose similar colours and  tones in your furniture and accessories to help tie the room together. Boråstapeter wallpaper is available in Australia from Radford Furnishings. Image via Boråstapeter.


Invest in a nest of tables: Nested tables are great space savers in small spaces as they slot back easily on top of each other when you don’t need them. Try Freedom’s Maze nest of tables in natural/black, on sale for AUD$239. Image via Houzz.


Use small furniture: Retro style furniture is often compact in shape making it an ideal choice when you have a small living area. Try Jardan’s Archie 2-seater sofa which features exposed timber framing in a compact size – perfect for small spaces. Image via Jardan.


Use double-duty furniture: An upholstered ottoman can work as a coffe table, extra seating when you have guests and also provide storage space. Try Zanui, Crate and Barrel, and West Elm for stylish ottoman options. Image via


Use a narrow coffee table: In a small living room, a narrow bench instead of a coffee table can provide space for books and drinks without taking up too much space. Try Crate and Barrel’s Frame small coffee table. Image via Oh Happy Day.

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