Creative Ways to Decorate a Small Living Room 

Trista - August 28, 2020
Hanging shelves can help you bring a unique look into your living room, especially if you have them for your feature wall. Shutterstock.

Purchase Hanging Shelves

One of the most popular shelving units that are easy to install is known as hanging shelves. They are shelves that you can individually hang on your wall in any place and order. For instance, you could purchase five shelves and decide to line them up vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.

If you want to place heavier items on the shelves, you will want to ensure that they are secured to the wall’s studs. You can create a whole wall of the shelving units or have a few. You might use them to show off your books. Hanging shelves give the room a better look at having bulky cabinets around your living room. Another possibility is also to purchase floating shelves or baskets for your walls.

Reading nooks help you bring a more cozy atmosphere into your small space. Shutterstock.

Build a Reading Corner

This tip might fit into the multi-purpose room, but you can also keep it more subtle. If you enjoy reading over other forms of entertainment, such as technology and movies, then you want to look into setting up a reading nook in your living room. This area doesn’t need to be fancy. A comfortable chair, small table, blanket, and a place to hold a few books is all you need.

A reading area can help break up your living room and give it a little creativity. It can also give you a place to relax and collect your thoughts if you need to take some time alone. Another significant step is to add a little more color and decoration into this area to make the whole room pop a bit, such as quotes from your favorite authors on your wall.

No law states you need to have a couch in your living room. Shutterstock.

Skip the Couch and Aim for the Chairs

Many people believe you need to have a couch in the living room; otherwise, it’s not a formal living room. They might feel that their company won’t be comfortable or won’t be able to truly relax without crashing on the couch after a hard day’s work. While this is strictly for taste, other people have found that skipping the sofa (even a small loveseat) meant more comfortable chairs and different design ideas that became perfect for a small room.

The key is this is your home, and you can decorate it as you please. You can skip the couch and choose five different chairs to include in your living room. You might find that this is easier to work with when it comes to comfort and pleasing the eye than a couch.

Glass coffee tables can help make your living room seem bigger. Shutterstock.

Go With a Clear Coffee Table

There are small living rooms that you might feel aren’t set up for a large coffee table, but it might be perfect for a smaller, round table. However, you also wonder if that will look too bulky in your room or cause people to feel too crowded. In this case, you might want to look for a specific type of coffee table – glass.

Glass is sometimes more pleasing to the eye and for the room because you can see through it. It doesn’t look like a giant wooden piece of furniture placed randomly in the middle of a room. Instead, it seems like an elegant piece of furniture that makes the room look more inviting.

A tall bookcase can help you set up additional items in your small space without taking up extra floor space. Shutterstock.

Choose a Tall Bookcase

A bookshelf is an object that you will probably have in your reading nook if you create one. Even if you don’t set up a specific area for reading, you might still feel a bookcase is necessary because you want to show off your books and even a few collectibles you’ve bought over the years. You might even have a couple of items from your grandmother’s house to display.

If this sounds like you, then you will want to choose a tall bookcase over a small one. This tip will not only allow you to hold more items in a small space, but it can make your room seem more prominent because the eyes will move up the wall.

Applying wallpaper with stripes will help trick the eyes into believing the room is larger than what it is. Shutterstock.

Get Wallpaper that has Stripes

Wallpaper is coming back into style. One reason is that it’s a bit easier to put up than it used to be. Another reason is that many people are using it instead of paint because they like the paper’s designs for the walls. They feel it gives not only the room but the home more character.

If you decide to get wallpaper, even if it’s just for your accent wall, choose a design that will make your room seem bigger, such as stripes that go across or up and down. Depending on the style, the eyes will follow the lines, and this will automatically give people the illusion that your living room is more prominent.

No matter what type of living room you have, ensure that all members of your household fall in love with it. Shutterstock.

Generally Love You Small Living Room

One of the biggest steps to take, more significant than any other tips in this article, is to embrace your small living room. You want to learn to love it just as you would the large dream living room you’ve always had set in your mind.

Take time to create your personal space that you’re proud to show off to your guests. Play around with your furniture and area a little to figure out the best design possible. Find ways to spend as much time as possible in the room, especially with your family. Maybe this means that you have a movie or game night. The more comfortable and happy you are with your room, the more you will love your space.


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