Big Ideas for Small Living Rooms

Small living spaces are cozy, affordable, and often absolutely adorable. But when it comes to designing your small space to fit you just right, there are many challenges. You need to filter every decision, from what furniture to buy to how to arrange it to what colors to use, through the lens of small space living. But the extra effort is worth it because a well-designed living room can transform a small corner into a thoughtful meeting place for the entire household.

Your main living area may not be large, but there are countless ways to create an inviting space that feels like home while maximizing the storage and placement of your favorite items. In this article, we’ve compiled some of our favorite living room ideas for small apartments for you to get inspired. Luckily, the beauty of creative freedom – and the power of the internet – means no matter how small your living room is, there are plenty of ideas and layouts that can serve as the perfect solution for your living situation.

Tips for designing small spaces
When it comes to small spaces, a few clever design tips can help you design your living room to trick your eye into thinking it’s spacious. Below, Kathy Kuo, CEO and founder of Kathy Kuo Home, shares some of her favorite living room ideas for small apartments.

Make smart color choices: Use white paint for walls, trim, and the ceiling to give your room a more spacious feel.
Make sure your rug fits well in your room: choosing it too small will make the room feel more cramped.
Use reflective surfaces: Mirrors can make a room appear larger.
Add the finishing touches: Aim for a well-curated collection of a few accessories; Too many small pieces can make the room look cluttered.

Prioritize furniture pieces that have multiple uses: Embrace the philosophy of minimalist design: Any time you get multiple functions out of one item, you free up additional space and reduce clutter. Benches with hidden storage or nesting tables are a great way to save space and add versatility.
Ideas for the living room of a small apartment
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