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Design ideas for small country living rooms

Country-style living rooms come in all shapes and sizes — don’t be put off using the traditional prints and decorative furniture of this style in a compact room. Take inspiration from rural cottages with small yet perfectly formed rooms and employ a few decorating tricks to make country style work in a small living room.

Firstly, ensure there is no wasted space in a compact country living room. Fill alcoves or bay windows with built-in storage. If there is little room for a side table next to your sofa, position a narrow console behind a sofa to serve as a display shelf.

Choose seating with legs so more of the floor can be seen — this will make the room appear bigger. This trick lends itself well to a country living room, as many classic-style sofas and armchairs are finished with beautiful turned wooden legs. Rather than choosing matching seating from the same range, create an eclectic look by teaming a selection of pieces upholstered in different fabrics. Shopping this way means you can compare seating from several retailers to find slimline pieces that are better suited to a compact room.

Country style is all about creating a welcoming atmosphere. Have fun with mixing up classic pattern, such as florals, ticking stripes and Toile de Jouy-inspired rural scenes. Fabrics or wallpapers that feature animals, such as dogs or chickens, will instantly add country charm. Just be sure to choose fabrics and papers in co-ordinating colours to keep the look cohesive, and stick to medium or small-sized prints so the compact room is not overwhelmed by pattern.

Living room with floral cushion display
A welcoming sofa with low arms and elegant legs is a trim option for a smaller country living room. Update it with cushions in gorgeous floral patterns and team it with grey oak floorboards and a violet rug. A console positoned behind the sofa will provide additional tabletop space.

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Photograph by David Brittain