Small Living Room Ideas to Make the Most of Your Space

Even if you’re working with a tiny space, a well-devised living area sets the tone for the rest of your place. And as there’s no shortage of swoon-worthy living rooms on the web, we rounded up 50 of our faves, divided into ideas to try out yourself, to help you brainstorm your own home resolutions for the new year. Whether it’s with wall paint or gallery walls, velvet sofas or flashy textiles, these rooms are designed to inspire—and drool over. Grab a coffee or tea and settle in, because we’ve got a lot to show you.

Bold, chic, and more affordable than say, painting an entire room, upgrading your living room ceiling with paint makes a big interior statement without breaking your bank account. If you’re shy, try out a pastel, but if you’re about going for broke, you can’t beat the drama of black (as seen here in a space from 47 Park Avenue).

Red, White, & Blue Living Room

Red, White, & Blue Living Room
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Think red, white, and blue feels too patriotic? Not when it’s paired with geometric lamps and a neutral, patterned rug.

Into the blue

Into the blue
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Blue and white is a classic colour combination that’s perfect for a nautical scheme. Whale motif wallpaper adds a quirky twist to this timeless look.

Repurposed Bar Cart

Repurposed Bar Cart
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Setting up a booze station on your bar cart is a no brainer — but using it as an end table (especially when space is limited) to display blooms, art and coffee table books is just genius.

Rustic Living Room

Rustic Living Room
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A pine mantel frames the cozy hearth in this farmhouse living room. Along with apron sinks, Windsor chairs, and tin sconces, an assortment of baskets ups the home’s rural charm.

A sense of space

A sense of space
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Soft grey tones and crisp white details bounce light around this contemporary living room. Pale wooden furniture also helps to keep the room looking bright and airy.

Low Furniture

Low Furniture
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Short pieces, like this tufted couch, keep an open floor plan cozy. Use area rugs to define individual “rooms” within the space.

Tile Backsplash

Tile Backsplash
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Who says backsplashes are just for your kitchen? Try tiling your fireplace — blue and white if it’s a beach house, obvi.

Modern meets traditional

Modern meets traditional
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An understated decorating scheme allows period features to shine in this Victorian terrace.

Navy Walls

Navy Walls
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Give beige a break. Dramatic hues can drench a large living room, like this inky wallpaper. The deep blue provides a surprisingly neutral backdrop.

Raised Ceilings

Raised Ceilings
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Dark beams add contrast to high and light ceilings. Add a gothic-inspired chandelier to ground it even more.

Small change, big difference

Small change, big difference
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A simple Roman blind and textured flooring has resulted in an elegant update for this neutral living room.

*Modern, traditional or shaggy, Modern Rugs has a great selection for your floor.

Comfy Seating

Comfy Seating
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Your style may be posh, your furniture can still be cozy. Plush sofas and armchairs rule the roost in Ellen Pompeo’s L.A. home. “It’s fancy in a cool way, not in an ‘I can’t sit there’ way,” she says.

Exposed Brick Living Room

Exposed Brick Living Room
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Elegant furniture juxtaposed with exposed brick walls feels cool and lived-in. Add statement art to break them up

A big impression

A big impression
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Choose eyecatching furniture and accessories to create impact in a big, airy room with high ceilings – as seen in this Regency townhouse renovation that’s a perfect mix of old and new

Chic Storage

Chic Storage
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Need space, stat? Swap boring shelving for more decorative options, then load up on fabric boxes or baskets to hide an overflow of knick knacks.

Mountain Living Room

Mountain Living Room
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This rustic great room was built to resemble a converted barn. And those windows, though

Naturally laid back

Naturally laid back
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White walls, soft grey upholstery and pale wooden furniture create a relaxed and welcoming look. Choose a classic sofa as the centrepiece, then introduce pattern with a mix-and-match collection of patterned cushions and a geometric rug.

Slim Footprint

Slim Footprint
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Save square footage without sacrificing seating by using dining chairs in the living room. A rattan-and-cane perch takes up less real estate than a traditional recliner.

Island Living Room

Island Living Room
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Raw-poplar walls give the feel of “a fisherman’s shack.” We’re forever on island time.

Rethink pink

Rethink pink
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Pink is still a huge interiors trend! Layer soft rose with grey, choose a classic sofa as the room’s focal point and introduce pattern with decorative cushions and a rug. Contrast the soft colours with a statement floor lamp and coffee table.

Family-Friendly

Family-Friendly
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Yep, white furniture can work in a house with kids. Just choose durable fabrics (a leather couch) and surfaces (the plastic rocker, the lacquer table) that wipe clean easily.

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