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Out of the 227,284 living rooms and four sizes analyzed, 8.15 percent (or 18,524) are considered to be small or compact-sized living rooms.
42 Specific Compact Living Room Design Examples
Now we get to the specific design and decor tips for small living rooms. For this section, have a gallery of photos which illustrate a specific idea or tip for making beautiful living rooms in small spaces.
Please keep in mind that “small” is a relative concept. Some of our examples above and below are bigger than others and we understand you may not agree with some we chose to include. The bigger takeaways are the design ideas incorporated.
Peruse through this selection of gorgeous, although small, living rooms, and you’ll find rooms of all layouts, styles, and color palettes. You’re sure to find something you love!
This is a small living room with a charming Industrial-style textured exposed wooden beams matched with a distressed black wooden table that stands out against the light gray woven area rug and the white wooden structure that houses the TV and entertainment cabinet.
Notice how warm colors make small living room spaces look great. However, the above living room creates stylish contrast with the white furniture placed among earth tones decor. Using two chairs with a sofa gives the perception of a larger space too.
Plants make this small living room space a more inviting and lively space among basic earth tone color scheme. The mix of traditional and contemporary furniture is a nice touch too… the sofa and small round table traditional in design while the accent chairs and coffee table a contemporary design.
A small, carpeted living room with a raised hearth enclosed fireplace and several leafy houseplants. The upholstered ottoman has a tray that converts it into a coffee table. The white sectional is positioned to take full advantage of the wall space. The nook is a cozy, intimate spot to visit or enjoy the fireplace.
A living room that faces outward to the dining room. Tucked in a nook, the two loveseats and the glossy, dark wood coffee table are in a carpeted section of the home that gives way to tile in the dining room. Windows behind the sofas keep the space nice and bright. Accents include a tall candle holder, houseplants, and a small clock.
A mirror shaped like a wagon wheel hangs above part of the slipcovered sofa. The dark side table and coffee table provide stunning contrast to the taupe walls, carpet, and natural fiber area rug, in addition to the sharper contrast with the white sofa and chair. The lamp on the left has a wrought iron base with a vine pattern.
A bold, tropical-style living room with a striped armless chair, a blue armchair, and a white sofa with fringed hibiscus pillows. The small mantle above the tile, glass enclosed fireplace is topped by a mahogany carving. Accents include pottery, shells, carved lamps, and a large chess set.
A small living room with a tall, narrow fireplace and white furniture. The black coffee table has ornate legs. The carpet has a geometric pattern. Accents include tall candles, animal prints, tasseled pillows, and a large green centerpiece. The contrast between the table and cushions is striking.
A small living room with an ornate fireplace mantle and a screened wood-burning fireplace. White built-ins to the left of the fireplace are perfect for displaying ceramics. French doors and windows along the back wall let in ample natural light to the contemporary, yet traditional space. Light blues are brought in by the rug, pillows, and other small accents. Glass vases grace the ornate mantle.
A small living room created by sectioning off a bit of a larger room to create a dedicated visiting seating arrangement. Tasseled pillows and layered patterns add visual interest to the light-colored space. The dark wood coffee table provides contrast. Spacious windows let in lots of natural light.
A pale butter-yellow and cornflower-blue living room with rich hardwood flooring and a subtle floral wallpaper in yellow. The transparent glass coffee table adds an air of contemporary design to the traditional furniture. A small area rug keeps the glass table from scratching the beautiful hardwood floors.
A living room off of the foyer with a large wooden and brick mantle around the enclosed fireplace. Doors can be opened up to enjoy a more open flame. The small space has a leather loveseat, coffee table, and a cozy armchair. French doors lead out to the backyard. The warm brick of the fireplace gives this room a more rustic atmosphere.
A living room with a unique puzzle coffee table and dark upholstered furniture that contrasts with the light area rug and walls. The pattern of the furniture upholstery is layered against lighter patterned pillows. Visible to the right is a window seat.
A small living room arrangement on a wood floor in a chevron pattern. The space is raised from the main floor via a few steps and is host to modern furniture in black and beige. The burgundy area rug adds a pop of color that ties in the drapes. The oddly shaped room is a perfect dedicated visiting area near the front door. The sides of the sofa also double as storage.
A living room in light taupe and ivory with side tables in varying shades of wood from a dark finish to a more natural oak. The cathedral ceilings help give this small space an open, large feel.
An elegant, traditional style small living room with matching curved sofas and an ornate coffee table with a light wood inlay. The enormous fireplace has two wrought iron screens surrounded by white marble. A wall-mounted television rests above the mantle. French doors to the right behind one of the sofas lead out into the backyard.
A living room with southwestern flair and fantastic patterned throw pillows on the beige sofa and loveseat. The open-concept space also includes a dining room. A hallway runs along the left side of the room past the living room, dining room, and kitchen area and leads outside to the deck.
A small family room tucked into a nook that includes a bold red faux leather couch and two armchairs. On the left is a sizable entertainment center and an open archway that leads to the hallway and stairs. The high ceilings help give this room a sense of space and openness.
A traditional living room with a light tile floor and an ornate floral rug and tall windows on the rear wall. All of the furniture has nailhead trim accents and a delicate floral pattern. Accents include pictures, urns, and a houseplant.
A small living room with an elegant gilded glass-top coffee table and small windows flanking the white mantle enclosed fireplace. The gilded legs of the coffee table bow outwards, adding elegance to the traditional space. Exotic accents include a Japanese statue and an antique viola.
A small living room with tall windows that overlook the covered outdoor patio’s huge stone fireplace. The living room also has an enclosed stone fireplace. The dark parquet floors are matched with dusky red leather furniture and a light oak coffee table. Simple accents include pottery and an orchid in the center of the oak coffee table.
A chic and minimalist living room with light wood paneling and a wheeled coffee table with a single glass vase. The light gray couch has turquoise, pale yellow, and brown throw pillows. The mixture of the wood panelling and the minimalist makes this space a “modern contemporary cabin.”
A black marble fireplace filled with pillar candles dominates this small living room. A small mantle keeps the fireplace from overpowering the space. The plaster deer’s head mounted above the fireplace is a trendy piece we’ve been seeing a lot of. Crooked white bottles add character and texture to the mantle.
A small living room with a unique enclosed fireplace with a nook next to it. The linen sectional and polished wood flooring contrast with the bright red accent wall. The striped area rug beneath the coffee table perfectly matches in tone and texture the pillows on the sectional. Accents include modern sculptures, vases, and wicker balls.
A tile living room with a natural fiber rug and lovely arched windows. A carved natural driftwood table sits in front of one of the windows. This space is accented with a large wooden picnic basket and many houseplants including succulents and a bromeliad.
An elegant living room with an enclosed fireplace and thick, fringed floral curtains. Three armchairs and a sofa populate this space, leaving some real estate unclaimed on the left. The pictures are hung lower on the wall to compensate for the two windows on either side of the fireplace. The curtains are hung higher than the windows to help keep the space from feeling small.
A light and bright pastel living room with a glass-top coffee table. Sheer blue curtains and pale-pink pillows brighten up the white sofa and chair, in addition to the bamboo plant in a tall white vase. Light, airy curtains and a bright color palette keep the dark floors from feeling oppressive.
A living room with a sliding glass-faced door between the formal seating and a home office and media center. A lengthy mirror rests above the low-profile red couch with an eye-catching pattern. The enormous mirror helps reflect light around the room, and can help make a small space feel larger.
A small living room with an open bookcase acting as a room barrier in the open-concept main floor. The sofas and chair are arranged around a multi-tier coffee table on a small, but plush, area rug. Accents in this room include jute-wrapped pottery, small houseplants, and a water feature on the bottom of the coffee table.
A small living room with a pair of chairs and a small side table in front of the bay window. A singular bold red ceramic accent in the center of the coffee table picks up the warm reds in the hardwood flooring. The small tree next to the couch adds a bit of natural life to the very light, neutral room. The higher ceilings keep the size from feeling oppressive.
A long room with floor-to-ceiling windows divided into two sections. Half is a series of modern, white loveseats, ottoman, and armless chair, and the other half contains a beautiful glass table with upholstered dining chairs. A small overhead light above the tall glass vase filled with gladiolas lights the dining space. On either side of the bar are tall floor lamps.
A small living room that leads out onto the covered patio. A wooden passthrough above the sofa peers into an adjacent room. The pocket door includes a screen that can be closed so that the owners can enjoy the breeze, but don’t need to deal with bugs.
A small living room with a dual-use ottoman and coffee table with top trays that can be flipped over to serve as a place to rest your feet. The enclosed fireplace has a small white mantle that is topped by a large mirror. Inset windows behind the couch ensure that the room doesn’t feel too cramped. The furniture is in a rich chocolate brown and contrasts wonderfully with the plush white area rug.
A modern and airy living room with solid hardwood flooring in a rich dark stain and deep furniture that is perfect for curling up in. The modular coffee table can be expanded if more space is needed. The furniture is in a light beige with yellow tones, and pastels in the throw pillows and curtains add a subtle, chic dash of color.
A contemporary living room with olive green furniture and a shaggy white area rug with a concentric pattern. The natural wood coffee table has a block of synthetic black in the center, which adds a modern twist to this design. The curtains consist of sheer whites behind thicker chocolate brown drapes. A wicker fruit bowl and houseplants act as accents.
A multi-textured elegant living room. The sofa is in soft gray suede, the glass-topped coffee table is upholstered in a coordinating corduroy, and the thick drapes have a bold pattern. The result is an elegant, varied design with a few modern, glass elements, including the chandelier. To the right is an enormously tall charcoal gray vase.
A contemporary living room with a strip of stone tile inset as a shelf into the wall behind the sectional. The room is lit by three small glass light fixtures. Perhaps the most eye-catching feature of this room is the bold turquoise accent wall behind the white television stand. Elements like a single glass vase with a rose and animal print pillows add personality and charm to the space.
An open-concept living room dominated by white. The adjacent eat-in kitchen is also in a pristine white from floor to ceiling. The light wood floor is covered by a light gray chevron rug. Near the expansive windows is an art easel and built in shelving on either side of the fireplace and television. The bright blue armchair and ottoman is a striking addition to the neutral and white room.
A traditional, small living room with a set of stairs leading up to the next floor. The pattern of the armchairs is closely matched to the heavy, traditional curtains with a fringed valance. Near the window is a small chair topped by a lush bouquet and two small armless chairs. This space makes use of a wide hallway to create a sitting room.
A light living room area with white linen couches and French doors that lead out into the garden. A small, elegant dining table and chairs sits across from the antique china cabinet. The light wood flooring is covered by a natural fiber area rug in front of one of the sofas. The coffee table has a beautiful carving of a grapevine along the side. A gorgeous crystal chandelier hangs in the center of the room.
A small living room in dove gray with a chair railing running about three quarters up the wall. The wood-burning open fireplace is topped by a contemporary mirror. In front of the fireplace is a seating arrangement that includes a cozy armchair, two armless chairs, and a glass-topped table. An overhead light and two sconces light the small space. Simple accents include pictures, a teapot vase, and an urn.
A closer look at the fireplace and area rug of the above living room. The checkered area rug adds a layer of color dimension that cheers up the otherwise neutral color palette. Above the chair railing, the walls are heavily textured.
An elegant living room in dark charcoal gray and white, a little more spacious than some others in this collection. Shelving runs along the right wall, acting as a small bar area. The furniture consists of traditional, rolled-arm sofas and loveseats, with a lighter gray ottoman and coffee table and a soft ivory armless chair. The plush area rug covers the tile floor.
Types of Living Rooms: Formal Living Rooms
If you live in an apartment or even a smaller house, there’s a good chance that you have a compact-sized living room. While there are some pluses to having a smaller living room, such as easy upkeep and a sense of “coziness,” it can also feel cramped and uninviting.
Living With A Small Living Room
Living room dimensions may vary, but a small living room is typically either a 7’ x 10’ or a 10’ x 13’ area (your living room may be smaller or a bit larger). If you live in an apartment, such as a studio space or a smaller one-bedroom, there may be no walls that define your living room from your dining area. While it can be a bit of a challenge, you can still create living room space.
Making Your Small Space Feel Larger
One of the common issues that home dwellers encounter with a small living room is trying to make space feel and look bigger. You can limit the amount of furniture you have but take too much away, and you won’t have comfortable seating for your guests or yourself.
If you do have room for a larger sofa, choosing one in a light color (or covering with a light colored slipcover) can be a good solution. As you browse our Small Living Room Design Gallery above, you will notice that letting in natural light and having walls painted in light colors also help create the feeling of a larger space; don’t be afraid to use color, too.
Space Saving Ideas
Smaller living rooms can make it difficult to showcase some of the things you love. The size of your living room shouldn’t limit how much of “you” go into the room. You might need to be a little more selective about a number of things you display but choose things that make you happy and make the space inviting.
Looking at some space saving designs in the Scandinavian Design Gallery or other minimalist styles can be helpful. Maximizing storage functionally and attractively can do wonders in a small living room.
Even if you love some design features from styles like Traditional or Victorian, that are most often in larger living rooms, don’t be afraid to try out some of these designs in your own space on a smaller scale.