Configuring your living room layout can feel like a full-time job in itself, especially when it’s smaller than most. How much furniture should you buy? Is the space already too cluttered or does it look too empty? Should you set up a workspace in there, too? What about paint colors? The questions are endless, and once you solve one, that answer sometimes creates 10 more questions. Fortunately, the beauty of creative freedom—and the power of the internet—means no matter how small your living room is, there are plenty of ideas and layouts you can find out there that will be applicable to your living situation.
Coming up are 66 rooms—from teeny tiny spaces teeming with inspiration to larger living rooms that have adapted to living small—that all showcase the best ways to expand your square footage without any demo or renovating.
With some tricks of the trade, which we reveal below, there are tons of ways to help turn that awkward, small living room decor into something stylish and sophisticated, whatever its shape and proportions.
Though small living rooms can present challenges, there are several benefits to compact living. A well-designed scheme can feel just as comfortable as a larger space, with all the cosiness and comfort associated with family living. One of the main advantages is the convenient accessibility of everything that’s needed. Easy maintenance is another bonus. In a small living space, zoning is key – here’s how to design and decorate a compact space with our best small living room decor ideas.