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80 Ways To Decorate A Small Living Room

Last Updated: Sep 13, 2018

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Decorating the interior of your house is a puzzle. Each room has its important pieces, but there are endless configurations, colors and layouts. Take the living room for instance — most houses have couches or chairs, a television, and maybe a small table or ottoman. Then add colored walls, photos and artwork, shades for the windows, and pillows or throw blankets to keep you warm. But, when you have a living room that is limited in size, trying to fit everything in such a small area can feel cramped and cluttered. To help, we put together examples of small living room ideas to answer that frustrating question of how to decorate a small living room.

Use the filters to choose the room style you are going for and browse the photos to get some helpful small living room design ideas for your house. If you’re looking for more ways to decorate with the investment, try small home decor items like pillows and throw blankets to bring the room together.

Instructions: Click through the buttons below to sort by style. Click the photo for a larger view.

Living Room Decoration Idea by The Decor Stylist, Noreen Wolohan - Shutterfly

A centerpiece can be both functional, and comfortable.

Photo by: The Decor Stylist, Noreen Wolohan

Living Room Decoration Idea by The Art Of Living Project - Shutterfly

Refinished and refurbished pieces can allow an old home keep its original charm.

Photo by: The Art Of Living Project

Living Room Decoration Idea by Claire Brody Designs - Shutterfly

Adding customized drapery can make the space feel intentional

Photo by: Claire Brody Designs

Living Room Decoration Idea by The Homes I Have Made - Shutterfly

The state prints on the wall add a personal touch and create great conversation starters.

Photo by: The Homes I Have Made

Living Room Decoration Idea by Brady Tolbert - Shutterfly

The right blend of new pieces and second-hand items can create the perfect harmony for an eclectic space.

Photo by: Brady Tolbert

Living Room Decoration Idea by Stripe Design Services - Shutterfly

A colorful rug can make the space warm and inviting.

Photo by: Stripe Design Services

Living Room Decoration Idea by Always Summer Blog - Shutterfly

The unique ottoman allows for extra storage space and comfort at the same time.

Photo by: Always Summer Blog

Living Room Decoration Idea by Twist Tours - Shutterfly

The right blend of funk and funky colors and patterns can bring the space to life!

Photo by: Twist Tours

Living Room Decoration Idea by Carrie Bradshaw Lied - Shutterfly

Mixing neutral tones with a lively colored indoor plant can provide a balance that both genders will enjoy.

Photo by: Carrie Bradshaw Lied

Living Room Decoration Idea by A Burst of Beautiful - Shutterfly

Use tall cabinets. This utilizes more vertical space, and keeps the area below less cluttered.

Photo by: A Burst of Beautiful

Living Room Decoration Idea by Burlap and Blue - Shutterfly

This coffee table has an extra shelf to add more storage space to a small room.

Photo by: Burlap and Blue

Living Room Decoration Idea by Chic Little House - Shutterfly

A glass coffee table gives added sense of space and is a great small living room idea.

Photo by: Chic Little House

Living Room Decoration Idea by Girl V The World - Shutterfly

Extra storage below the coffee table and neutral colors are great decorating ideas for a small living room.

Photo by: Girl V The World

Living Room Decoration Idea by Her Tool Belt - Shutterfly

This coffee table has an extra shelf to add more storage space to a small living room.

Photo by: Her Tool Belt

Living Room Decoration Idea by House of Rose - Shutterfly

Mounting a television above the fireplace saves space in a small room.

Photo by: House of Rose

Living Room Decoration Idea by Inspiration for Moms - Shutterfly

When choosing your small living room design, try mounting your TV to save space.

Photo by: Inspiration for Moms

Living Room Decoration Idea by Helen Norman - Shutterfly

By angling the small living room furniture, you avoid the trap of sectioning off parts of the room -- which can make it feel smaller.

Photo by: Helen Norman

Living Room Decoration Idea by Live the Fancy Life - Shutterfly

A small table against the wall that doubles as storage space for small stools, keeping the room less cluttered.

Photo by: Live the Fancy Life

Living Room Decoration Idea by Lux Montreal - Shutterfly

Mount your curtain rods higher than the window frame itself. This helps make the window feel even larger.

Photo by: Lux Montreal

Living Room Decoration Idea by Miss Dixie - Shutterfly

Built-in storage is more functional in a small living room design than cumbersome standalone pieces.

Photo by: Miss Dixie

Living Room Decoration Idea by Shush in Your Home - Shutterfly

These shelves double as storage and great decor with the addition of some wicker baskets.

Photo by: Shush in Your Home

Living Room Decoration Idea by The Design Daredevil - Shutterfly

Large built-in shelving saves space in a small room.

Photo by: The Design Daredevil

Living Room Decoration Idea by The Honeycomb Home - Shutterfly

This fireplace doubles as a creative place to store books.

Photo by: The Honeycomb Home

Living Room Decoration Idea by The Organized Mama - Shutterfly

Expose the legs of your small living room furniture and keep them on an angle when decorating.

Photo by: The Organized Mama

Living Room Decoration Idea by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - Shutterfly

This tall, thin tree draws your eyes up towards the ceiling - a trick that makes it feel even higher.

Photo by: My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Living Room Decoration Idea by Maddie G Designs - Shutterfly

These drapes are hung higher than the window frame. This makes the window feel larger and taller.

Photo by: Maddie G Designs

Living Room Decoration Idea by Claire Brody Designs - Shutterfly

Choosing small living room furniture that is low to the ground helps make a room seem bigger.

Photo by: Claire Brody Designs

Living Room Decoration Idea by Cleland Studios with Amanda Louise Interiors - Shutterfly

The almost invisible lucite table creates an added sense of space.

Photo by: Cleland Studios with Amanda Louise Interiors

Living Room Decoration Idea by Girl Nesting - Shutterfly

White, bright walls and a white couch reflect the natural light.

Photo by: Girl Nesting

Living Room Decoration Idea by Hi Sugarplum - Shutterfly

This beautiful bold piece of art helps coordinate all the colors in the room.

Photo by: Hi Sugarplum

Living Room Decoration Idea by Kelsey Foster Wilson for Kimberly Schlegel Whitman - Shutterfly

These hanging pictures create vertical lines of sight which draw the eye upward, which creates the illusion of high ceilings.

Photo by: Kelsey Foster Wilson for Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

Living Room Decoration Idea by Lesley Metcalfe - Shutterfly

Lucite furniture is see-through and creates an illusion of extra space.

Photo by: Lesley Metcalfe

Living Room Decoration Idea by Maven Collective PDX - Shutterfly

Simple furniture with thin, exposed legs creates space in a small living room.

Photo by: Maven Collective PDX

Living Room Decoration Idea by McKenna Bleu - Shutterfly

Try a mirror-top coffee table. This helps to give the illusion of more space.

Photo by: McKenna Bleu

Living Room Decoration Idea by Place of My Taste - Shutterfly

Coordinate color throughout your room decor to create a sense of unity and organization.

Photo by: Place of My Taste

Living Room Decoration Idea by Simple Details Blog - Shutterfly

Lucite chairs seemingly take up less space because they are clear. They are great for a small living room design.

Photo by: Simple Details Blog

Living Room Decoration Idea by Tessa Neustadt - Shutterfly

Don't push all of your small living room furniture right up against the wall when decorating.

Photo by: Tessa Neustadt

Living Room Decoration Idea by The English Room - Shutterfly

Coordinate your color scheme from the wall art to the pillows and couch colors.

Photo by: The English Room

Living Room Decoration Idea by The Little White Cottage In the Woods - Shutterfly

When choosing a bold pattern, such as zebra print, make sure you coordinate this pattern throughout the room.

Photo by: The Little White Cottage In the Woods

Living Room Decoration Idea by Worthwhile Domicile - Shutterfly

A glass table creates the illusion of extra space in a small living room.

Photo by: Worthwhile Domicile

Living Room Decoration Idea by Casa Watkins Living - Shutterfly

When decorating a small living room, be sure to coordinate the colors to create unity.

Photo by: Casa Watkins Living

Living Room Decoration Idea by Casa Watkins Living - Shutterfly

This glass table top not only lets this beautiful rug show through, but also creates a sense of space.

Photo by: Casa Watkins Living

Living Room Decoration Idea by Design By Krystle - Shutterfly

One bold city skyline piece of art draws the eye and creates a focal point.

Photo by: Design By Krystle

Living Room Decoration Idea by Freckled Italian - Shutterfly

A minimalist take on a small room decoration is using a single piece of artwork on a bare wall to create a focal point in the room.

Photo by: Freckled Italian

Living Room Decoration Idea by Thou Swell - Shutterfly

These high drapes are hung a few inches above the window frame to exaggerate the vertical space.

Photo by: Thou Swell

Living Room Decoration Idea by A Joyful Riot - Shutterfly

Long, exposed legs and a minimalist style help make a small room seem bigger.

Photo by: A Joyful Riot

Living Room Decoration Idea by Annawithlove - Shutterfly

One bold piece of artwork creates a focal point for the room and draws the eye upward.

Photo by: Annawithlove

Living Room Decoration Idea by Apartment 34 - Shutterfly

The rug pattern and shape of the side table coordinate to bring a sense of unity.

Photo by: Apartment 34

Living Room Decoration Idea by Danielle Moss for the Everygirl - Shutterfly

Sheer drapes let natural light in. Small living room ideas like these will increase your sense of space.

Photo by: Danielle Moss for the Everygirl

Living Room Decoration Idea by Iris Nacole - Shutterfly

Keeping exposed legs on your furniture helps make a room seem larger.

Photo by: Iris Nacole

Living Room Decoration Idea by Katie Gavigan Interiors - Shutterfly

These long, tall trees helps draw the eye upward and are great small living room ideas.

Photo by: Katie Gavigan Interiors

Living Room Decoration Idea by Lauren Liess - Helen Norman - Shutterfly

This large vertical piece of art creates a focal point and draws the eye upward.

Photo by: Lauren Liess - Helen Norman

Living Room Decoration Idea by Old Brand New - Shutterfly

These dark blue walls work because it accentuates the light from the windows. They also keep furniture pieces to a minimum.

Photo by: Old Brand New

Living Room Decoration Idea by Place of My Taste - Shutterfly

Coordinating colors, exposed legs, and angled furniture are all important traits of small living room design.

Photo by: Place of My Taste

Living Room Decoration Idea by Ryan Liebe - Shutterfly

Large storage shelves built behind the couch save much needed floor space.

Photo by: Ryan Liebe

Living Room Decoration Idea by Shannon Claire - Shutterfly

This glass coffee table almost looks like it isn't even there!

Photo by: Shannon Claire

Living Room Decoration Idea by Tessa Neustadt - Shutterfly

Bright white colors make any small living room feel larger.

Photo by: Tessa Neustadt

Living Room Decoration Idea by The Makerista - Shutterfly

Large bold wall art and coordinating black and white colors create a sense of unity for a small space.

Photo by: The Makerista

Living Room Decoration Idea by The Vault Files - Shutterfly

This cushion fits perfectly under the bench in this room, saving space when it isn't being used.

Photo by: The Vault Files

Living Room Decoration Idea by Vanessa Francis - Shutterfly

Don't overdo it with the color. A few pieces of bold color stand out even more and look great.

Photo by: Vanessa Francis

Living Room Decoration Idea by Waiting on Martha - Shutterfly

This large, glass coffee table is a good choice for a small living room because it seemingly doesn't take up space.

Photo by: Waiting on Martha

Living Room Decoration Idea by Brooklyn Limestone - Shutterfly

By mounting the TV, it becomes part of the gallery wall.

Photo by: Brooklyn Limestone

Living Room Decoration Idea by Sinnen Rausch - Shutterfly

If you want to decorate a small living room on a budget, try this DIY side table.

Photo by: Sinnen Rausch

Living Room Decoration Idea by Stylizimo - Shutterfly

When choosing colors, whites and neutrals help keep a small living room feeling less cramped.

Photo by: Stylizimo

Living Room Decoration Idea by Stylizimo - Shutterfly

A few colors here and there are all it takes to liven up the room and give it character.

Photo by: Stylizimo

Living Room Decoration Idea by A Thoughtful Place - Shutterfly

These bold horizontal lines make the room seem wider.

Photo by: A Thoughtful Place

Living Room Decoration Idea by Shanty - 2 - Chic - Shutterfly

Mounting a TV leaves the space below for shelves and benches.

Photo by: Shanty - 2 - Chic

Living Room Decoration Idea by Making it Lovely - Shutterfly

Don't be afraid to let in the light in a small room. Natural light is your best friend.

Photo by: Making it Lovely

Living Room Decoration Idea by 101 Pallete Ideas - Shutterfly

If you have a fireplace, make it dual purpose and perch your TV above.

Photo by: 101 Pallete Ideas

Living Room Decoration Idea by Beyond the Picket Fence - Shutterfly

Get creative with your storage, like this ottoman with hidden compartment.

Photo by: Beyond the Picket Fence

Living Room Decoration Idea by Dan Cutrona - Shutterfly

Use neutral colors like whites and grays for your small living room design.

Photo by: Dan Cutrona

Living Room Decoration Idea by Lauren Liess - Helen Norman - Shutterfly

Keep your furniture's legs exposed and create a sense of space.

Photo by: Lauren Liess - Helen Norman

Living Room Decoration Idea by Run to Radiance - Shutterfly

Embrace the style of the given elements to create unity. This room has a built-in rustic fireplace, so the decor is picked to match.

Photo by: Run to Radiance

Living Room Decoration Idea by Shanty - 2 - Chic - Shutterfly

To decorate a small living room on a budget, try a DIY rolling ottoman that doubles as a storage bin.

Photo by: Shanty - 2 - Chic

Living Room Decoration Idea by Southern Hospitality - Shutterfly

These long, high doors, make great choices to decorate a small living room because they draw the eye upward.

Photo by: Southern Hospitality

Living Room Decoration Idea by The Crowned Goat - Shutterfly

Glass table tops and mounted mirrors help reflect the natural light around the room.

Photo by: The Crowned Goat

Living Room Decoration Idea by Thoughts From Alice - Shutterfly

This large, Moroccan rug defines the space of the room, and is a good technique for small living rooms.

Photo by: Thoughts From Alice

Living Room Decoration Idea by Design Indulgence - Shutterfly

Angled furniture makes a small living room feel less segmented.

Photo by: Design Indulgence

Living Room Decoration Idea by Bryarton Farm - Shutterfly

Use mirrors wherever you can when decorating a small room, they create a sense of space.

Photo by: Bryarton Farm

Living Room Decoration Idea by Bryarton Farm - Shutterfly

Place your furniture at an angle so that it doesn't cut off the room.

Photo by: Bryarton Farm

Living Room Decoration Idea by The Wonder Forest - Shutterfly

This coffee table has exposed legs, which lets the room "breathe" and creates a sense of space.

Photo by: The Wonder Forest

Living Room Decoration Idea by Say Yes - Shutterfly

A simple photo print helps create a focal point in your small living room design.

Photo by: Say Yes

Living Room Decoration Idea by The Merry Thought - Shutterfly

Go for the minimalist technique for your small living room with white walls and a bold couch.

Photo by: The Merry Thought

Living Room Decoration Idea by Shutterfly

A fun gallery wall doesn't have to take up a lot of space. Split a large canvas into three for a dynamic display.

Photo by: Shutterfly

Living Room Decoration Idea by Shutterfly

Hang your precious memories in unexpected places, like a window sill.

Photo by: Shutterfly

Living Room Decoration Idea by Centered by Design - Shutterfly

Don't be afraid to spice up a plain space by playing with color! These pillows, artwork and rug complement each other in a unique and personalized way.

Photo by: Centered by Design

Living Room Decoration Idea by Farmhouse Chic Blog - Shutterfly

Create a cohesive look from your living room to dining room by selecting one base color! White and tan will open up a small space, while also giving you the creative freedom to add pops of color throughout the decor.

Photo by: Farmhouse Chic Blog

Living Room Decoration Idea by Vandi Fair - Shutterfly

If you find the perfect statement piece, build your living room around it! This eye-catching leapard rug was a unique piece to build from since it complements most colors.

Photo by: Vandi Fair

Living Room Decoration Idea by Little Vintage Nest - Shutterfly

Keeping a living room furniture neutral allows you to mix up the decor for every season. This farmhouse living room used white flowers to freshen up the space for spring, which can easily be swapped for autumn leaves, winter berries and more!

Photo by: Little Vintage Nest

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