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Small living room ideas

Small living room ideas to make the most of a compact space

If you are looking for small living room ideas, take inspiration from our gallery of beautiful small space designs to make the most of your compact living room.

When you are redecorating, one of the easiest ways to make a small living room feel more spacious is to inject soft, pastel shades into your design scheme to keep the room warm and inviting - check out our ideas for living room colour schemes for more inspiration.

Small living rooms need to be kept fresh and uncluttered with well-chosen storage. A great way to make a small living room feel larger is to keep it meticulously tidy and in order to do that, everything in the room needs to have its proper place.

Floating shelves are perfect for small rooms because they can hold a lot of things on a wall or in alcoves, or choose bespoke fitted, floor-to-ceiling shelves and cupboards that make use of every inch of spare space.

Make the most of natural light in the room by keeping window dressings simple.

If you are lucky enough to have high ceilings, full-length curtains are a good choice as they'll draw the eye upwards and create the illusion of space, even if the square footage in your living room is a bit meagre. Subtle stripe designs add to the feeling of extra depth.

If you do choose curtains, make sure they can be swept away from the window for light or alternatively go for Roman or roller blinds.

Add large wall mirrors and furniture with reflective surfaces into your design scheme to maximise the amount of natural light in your living room to make it feel bigger and brighter.

If you like your living room cute and cosy, try clustering colour-co-ordinated objects together - from pictures to cushions - to create a coherent look.

Think about living room wallpaper designs to complement your lounge. Make the most of a compact home with these clever room brightening and space-saving decorating tips for small rooms.

Make a statement

Make a feature of alcove by painting it in a striking colour. Even the smallest addition of colour can make a big impact on any space. Paint offers you almost endless options when it comes to giving your space a brand new look that will detract away from the actual size of the room. Here a red painted recess adds interest and warmth to this cosy room, with the colour being picked up on accessories.

Red Paint

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