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How to decorate your small living room

If you’re looking for easy ways to make your small living room cosy and beautiful without breaking the bank, you are in the right place.

I have a small living room myself and over the years have learnt what works and what doesn’t when it comes to decorating a small space. For the longest time, I kept saying to myself, I want this place to look cosy and welcoming. I wanted to elevate my living room so bad. And guess what? I did.

I’ll be sharing with you in this post the 10 main things I learnt along the way that everyone with a small living room must see to get the living room of their dreams.

Thanks to Pinterest, this cool AI for interior design, YouTube and interior décor magazines, I bring to you 10 ways to switch up your small living room (even if you are on a budget)

Lets go!

P.S before you start decorating, ensure you do not have clutter. Clutter is one thing that can make a space look untidy no matter how you try. So before you even think of decorating, declutter. Declutter ruthlessly. Get rid of things that do not serve you.

If you are moving houses, even better, do not move with the junk. Your new home will thank you. As tempting as it is to throw everything in a box and move, don’t do it! Not sure how to declutter? Here is our free guide. Use it if you want to be free from junk in as little as 5 days.

I hope you find some great ideas in this post, leave a comment to let us know if you end up doing any of these in your apartment!

10 Ways to Decorate your Small living room.

1. Pick the right length of curtain

Let your curtains go from ceiling to floor. This is one tip I got from hotel rooms. Elegant and designer looking hotel rooms and lobbies always have their curtains from ceiling to floor. It makes the walls look higher and opens up the space. It is an absolute game changer. I use these long faux-linen curtains from Amazon for my living room to get that luxurious effect.

These velvet curtains are equally elegant looking and at an affordable price. In my opinion these are the best curtains you can ever find on a budget.

Made-to-measure curtains that give the same feel will go for no less than $500, and up to $2000. So, these curtains are a really good bargain. Just ensure you measure your room from ceiling to floor before picking your curtain length.

2. Use quality rugs to add cosiness

Adding a rug in your living room can make all the difference. 

Just make sure to get the right size. As a general guide, for your living room, the rug should be at least 6 inches wider than your sofa on both sides. You will know you have nailed the correct rug size when all of your furniture are sitting comfortably on the rug.

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3. The size of your sofa is too important to get wrong

For a small living room your sofa arrangement should either be a compact L shaped modular sofa that is perfect to segment the room especially if it is open plan. A 2 or 3 seater sofa with one arm chair or a 2 or 3 seater sofa with two accent chairs.

L shaped Modular Sofa ideas

Sofa with one accent chair ideas

Sofa with two accent chairs ideas

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The furniture you buy should really be based on the size of your space. Incorrectly sized furniture can make your already small living room look too cluttered.

4. For hanging pictures, use frames with a border

If you have personal pictures you want to turn into a gallery, use frames with borders.  The only time I have seen where this did not matter was for wall canvas, but for personal photos, frames with borders can create a more cohesive look. So, if you’re looking to do one thing to make your small living room walls have that timeless expensive feel, swap your picture frames.

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5. Make your space bigger with mirrors

To visually expand your living room and make it feel larger or more open, add a mirror. Consider buying mirrors with a metallic or matter finish for an expensive look. Placing mirrors opposite windows to reflect natural light is also a great way to open up and brighten up the space.

6. Floating shelves are your best friend

Floating shelves in your small living room will serve two purposes. As décor and as storage. Books, magazines can also go on these shelves to free up the floor.

7. Definitely get a Compact coffee table

A compact coffee table is an essential for small living rooms. It gives the room a kind of focal mid point. There are so many beautiful coffee table ideas you can opt for that wont clutter your space.

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8. Throw in greenery

Adding greenery to any room adds life to it. There are a number of ways you can do this. You can add standing plants to corners or place smaller plants on consoles, windows, coffee tables or shelves.

9. Get a sleek TV stand or use a wall mount

One of the most effective ways to save space in a small living room is by wall-mounting your TV. This not only frees up floor space but also allows for better viewing angles. If wall mounting is not an option, consider placing the TV on a sleek (not bulky) Tv stand. Installing floating shelves below or above the TV to store media devices, books, or decorative items is another really great space saving idea.

10. Add lamps and beautiful light fixtures

Whether its an elaborate fixture, scones, a table lamp or a floor lamp, throw in something light related for a cozy ambience. I found some great Floor lamps. You can also check amazon for scones and other light fixtures.

So there you have it. 10 things you can do for a more put together small living room. I hope you have found these ideas useful and good luck with elevating your space because you deserve it!

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