Styling Tips for Your Small Living Room

Styling Tips for Your Small Living Room

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Nancy Mitchell
Aug 16, 2015

If you're dealing with a little living room, it doesn't mean you can't have a super stylish (and functional) space. Here are ten small living rooms that prove that less is more — and styling tricks you can steal from each one.

Use more delicate pieces (like the Cherner chairs pictured above) to provide extra seating, instead of opting for a second couch or an easy chair. Space flows around pieces like these and gives the room a lighter feel.

(Image credit: My Domaine)

Make furniture pieces do double duty — like this coffee table that also serves as a bench.

(Image credit: My Domaine)

Sectional sofas can actually work quite well in small spaces — just be sure to pick a piece that's suited to the proportions of the space.

Two smaller coffee tables are twice as versatile as one.

Alternatively, going without a coffee table entirely can really help to open up a small living room.

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Tell elements (like the wall art and floor lamp here) draw the eye up, helping to distract from the lack of horizontal space. We also like the setup with the TV on a wall and a console below, which frees up the top of the console for books and other sundries.

This small living room is really just a nook in a larger apartment space, but it makes do with just a few key pieces — sofa, coffee table, ottoman, accent chair. The ottoman provides a place to perch without blocking off the rest of the room, and the accent chair can also serve as a dining or desk chair.

(Image credit: Domino)

A medley of smaller pieces makes this living room feel useful, but not cluttered.

(Image credit: My Domaine)

A single sofa makes this living room feel cozy but not crowded. Painting the bookcases on the far wall in a dark color actually makes them appear to recede from the viewer, giving the impression of a larger room.

(Image credit: Oh Happy Day)

A super-slim console and a delicate Bentwood chair make the most of a small space. Not trying to cram in too much furniture (and not using heavy pieces that will block up the room) is key.

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