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Ways to decorate small living rooms

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

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.

Neutral living room with painted red alcove
Here a red painted recess adds interest and warmth to this cosy room, with the colour being picked up on accessories.

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Photograph by Rob Sanderson