Small living room decorating ideas: Top 6

Decorating a small living room can be a bit of a balancing act. It’s easy to go overboard and let the space get cluttered up, but if you’re smart, you can transform a small room into the natural centre point of your home, you just need to get a bit creative with your decorating!

Take a look at some of our best living room decorating ideas for smaller spaces right here:

Multi-Use Furniture

One fantastic way to maximise your living room’s potential is to invest in furniture with multiple uses. Why buy two different items when one can do the job?

Fold out tables can be a great choice if you’d like a large dining table, but don’t necessarily have the space to accommodate one on a day-to-day basis. When you’re not using it, just fold it back up as a coffee table for the ultimate space-saving combo – easy peasy!

With a little bit of imagination, you could transform some of your own fittings into multi-purpose furniture.

Secret Storage

Filling your living room with lots of secret storage compartments can be an exceptional way of decluttering and emphasising the room’s existing space. There are lots of innovative storage solutions to explore, from storage compartments underneath sofas and coffee tables to ottomans with hidden shelves.

It’s really important to consider space and storage before you decide which items of furniture to decorate your living room with. A large table simply might not make practical sense for a smaller living room, while even the biggest of living rooms is sure to benefit from some tucked-away storage.

Decorating Sticks

An austere and space-saving decorating option, sticks can be a fantastic way of adding character to a small living room. They’re the perfect complement to a sleek and understated minimalist design, taking up less space that flowers and plants, while they’ve got the added benefit of not requiring very much maintenance.

Unlike flowers, you’re not going to need to replace them after a couple of weeks, although changing them to match the seasons is a gorgeous way to bring the outside in.

Small Furniture

Seems obvious, right? Bringing small items of furniture into your living room can help to make the space seem larger and reduce the number of unwieldy objects in the room. A large sofa might be unavoidable if you are a big family, but a smaller coffee table, TV stand or TV (an oversized one of these will quickly make a room look completely overwhelmed) can make all the difference when it comes to decorating your living room.

A great way to start is by creating a floor plan, so you can decide on a look that’s functional and fun without being clustered.

Big Mirrors

Large mirrors – and other reflective surfaces – are an excellent way of magnifying space and making a small living room seem bigger than it really is. Flooding the space with natural light, they can make your living room feel expansive and airy and a lack of light is one of the biggest issues small rooms can face – though not impossible to overcome! Mirrors also add loads of character, particularly if you go for a strikingly modern or stunningly vintage design.


Get creative with your photo displays. There are so many ways in which you can use wall décor to really maximise the potential of your small living room. You could dedicate a whole shelf to a photo display, use a selection of photo blocks to show off your family pictures, make one massive print the focal point of the room, or even cover up an entire wall with some personalised prints.

At PhotoBox, you can choose between a massive variety of styles, from retro canvas prints to posters – so whatever aesthetic you’re after, there’s sure to be something for you. Remember, a big, bold display of wall art can be used as a focal point for your living room – a great way of magnifying space and unifying the room’s design. As far as wall décor ideas go, the possibilities are pretty much endless.

Feeling inspired by some of these living room decorating ideas? By maximising the potential of a small space, you can create a room that truly works for you.

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