Lotus Apartment:  Living room by Saloni Narayankar Interiors

7 big ideas for small living rooms

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Small living rooms can be challenging to design. However, with several basic tips you should be able to optimise the space in your small living room so that it looks much more spacious than it actually is. The methods used here do not require a lot of money and are quite easy to do yourself. The pictures of living rooms compiled here are all from professional interior designers in India and can be contacted through homify if you need consultation or an expert to help you design your living room. We have also included useful links and tags which you can follow to get more ideas and inspiration to design your small living room. All the best! 

1. Use furniture with a light visual weight




Furniture with a light visual weight such as the glass coffee table pictured here take up less space because it's basically colourless and transparent. Wooden furniture or furniture with dark colours will appear visually heavier and thus make the living room feel smaller. 

2. Use sleek sofas and armchairs

Bulky sofa sets may seem comfy, but this is misleading as you can also get the same comfort with a smaller sized sofa. For example the modern sleek sofa set pictured here has quite a space-efficient design. For more ideas, please also read our article titled how can you use furniture to save space in small homes.

3. Splashes of bright colours

Little things like colourful cushions, flowers or ornaments can make a small living room appear larger than it is, and also more cheerful and lively. For other related ideas, you can have a look at our article titled 13 creative ways to display your television in a small room.

4. Floating shelves

small living room:  Living room by Creative Focus
Creative Focus

small living room

Creative Focus

Use floating shelves instead of the conventional shelves as they take up less space and no floor space at all. Floating shelves can be used to display decorative items or even store books and other collectibles. For more inspiration, here are 7 modern wooden shelves to make in your house.

5. Light, neutral colour scheme

Choose a light, neutral colour scheme for small living rooms for the best results. Dark colours or colours that are too intense can make a small room feel overcrowded. For more inspiration, here are 7 small living room designs for Indian homes.

6. Long curtains

small living room:  Living room by Creative Focus
Creative Focus

small living room

Creative Focus

Long curtains can draw attention to the vertical spaciousness in a room, especially if your ceilings are high. You can also decorate the ceiling so that he visual gaze is naturally turned upwards to a more spacious, open area. 

7. Mirrors

LIVING ROOM - VIEW 1:  Living room by MAD DESIGN



Mirrors are one of the oldest, yet most effective tricks in interior design to make small rooms appear larger. Although big mirrors can make quite an impact on the spaciousness of a room, decorative mirrors which are smaller in size are also sufficient enough. Please read how to incorporate mirrors into interior design for more ideas. 

We hope you've been inspired by this article. See you again next time! 

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