A tiny living room just means you must think about what to put where. A small apartment can be made to feel stylish, trendy, and infused with personality. Your living room is where you get a blank canvas you can do much with. As you add living room furniture and décor, focus on size and dimensions, what function the item adds, and how much it’s imposing on the rest of the space.

When you decorate, work to create patterns and rhythms with the shapes, colours, and styles you use. It’s these patterns that will make a room feel intentional and natural. You may want to sit down beforehand and carve out what colours and aesthetics you wish to use to simplify things.

Here are a few simple methods to decorate a small apartment living room.

Secret Storage Décor

In any small apartment, if there’s an opportunity to use décor as secret storage, it’s smart. For example, a coffee table with storage underneath, storage ottomans, or a sofa bed with compartments or side pockets all help.

Try a Sofa Bed with Limited Space

sofa bed is appropriate for a small apartment’s living room. A sofa bed offers the benefits of a sofa, plus it can be taken out to reveal a bed. If you ever have a friend needing a place to crash, pulling out the sofa bed is much more comfortable than having them lay on a couch.

Try Nesting Items

Nesting décor is an item that fits into another item, like stowing storage baskets under a bench or opting for nesting tables over traditional end tables. You save space when they aren’t in use, and you can pull out whatever you’ve nested when needed. Tuck them away as needed.

Make Use of Reflective Surfaces

Mirrors make any space feel more spacious than it is. They give the illusion of more space. Consider creative ways to use a mirror to turn reflective surfaces into a décor piece. You can also keep it simple by putting a mirror in the room.

Light Colors Are the Way to Go

Dark colours make a small living room feel cramped. Opt for light colours from walls to décor. Do this for your rugs, throws, and pillows as well. Even if your normal personality doesn’t embrace light colours, they will help make your apartment feel more spacious.

Use the Room’s Shape and Perimeter

Your living room already has a natural shape to it. Work on it! Place furniture and décor along the perimeter. Measure out the walls to make sure everything fits neatly into place. Keep the in-between open floor space as light as you can with bulky items out of the way.

Don’t Use Too Many Small Pieces

While you don’t want oversized furniture and décor in your living room, too many small décor items can easily make a space feel cluttered. Opt for fewer accessories while taking a minimalist approach to small apartment décor.

Room Divider for Multi-Purpose Areas

A room divider may not be the obvious choice for a small living room. However, it can split your open space into sections. Let’s say you’re using your living room as a home office. A room divider neatly tucks away your typical living room items out of sight while you work. It provides privacy while taking up little space.

Use Your Vertical Space Wisely

Don’t just consider width. Think height. You may have tons of unused vertical space in your small living room. A leaning or corner shelf is a reasonable way to create storage without taking up more floor space than is necessary. It also provides you with more area to decorate.

Ways to Use A Bookcase To Style

Bookcases are a smart investment. You can style and decorate it in so many ways. Your favourite books and bookends. Picture frames and photographs. Plants and vases. Figurines. Abstract décor. Merchandise or memorabilia. A bookcase is the most natural way to present décor and does not have to be in the way.

Pick an Accent Wall Decor

Think about how you can use an accent wall. Put up a painting, wall décor, or an image. Repaint the accent wall to create a distinct look. If your small apartment living room looks uninteresting, changing the paint job on an accent wall can add visual interest.

Proper Storage for Entertainment

Whether you have a flat-screen, stereo, video game console, DVD collection, or other media entertainment items in your living room, give them proper storage and a natural way to keep them safe and out of the way.

Kristi Linauer​

Kristi Linauer​

Kristi Linauer is a renowned figure in the world of interior styling. With over 12 years in the industry, she specializes in creating elegant yet functional living spaces. She is the author of a bestselling book on minimalist design. With her unique approach to contemporary design, she has been featured in various national decor publications. After completing her degree in Fine Arts, she quickly made a name for herself in the home decor industry. In her spare time, she enjoys pottery, adding a personal touch to her home with her creations.

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