7 Small Living Rooms to Steal Design Inspiration From
Petit spaces that are big on style.
Whether it's for financial reasons or you prefer maintaining a smaller home, living in a less-than-large property can have its challenges; There are fewer places to store items and less space for the exact furniture and décor you might want.
But even though your main living area may be lacking in real estate, there are plenty of ways you can create a welcoming and stylish space. A well-designed scheme can feel just as comfortable as a bigger space, with all the cosiness and comfort that comes with larger living.
Below, we've rounded up a selection of chic yet small living rooms that prove you don't need lots of space to create a stylish set-up.
A high ceiling and tall windows make this living area look significantly larger than it is. As someone who works in the interior design space, it’s unsurprising that Loui Burke has a stylish home. His Melbourne rental apartment presents a successful homage to wabi-sabi, the Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in the imperfect.
Lia Townsend's apartment features an open-plan living space that's divided into a dining and living area. The current look is minimal and deftly blends contemporary and classic décor. A white upholstered sofa keeps things classic and comfortable while contemporary artworks, including a piece by Caroline Walls, add a modern edge. Keeping the palette minimal and bright can add to making a space look larger.
While the rest of graphic designer Jess Marak's apartment utilises a colourful palette, the living room embraces neutral tones to perfection. These hues make for a calming look that's chic and sophisticated. The stylish curved furniture and indoor plants elevate the space tenfold.
Gina Lasker's charming home conveniently sits above her workspace. It's peppered with a mix of contemporary and mid-century furniture and decor, and of course, an ever-changing array of alluring blooms. Adding a floral arrangement to your living space is an easy way to elevate its appeal.
Jordan Ferney's main living area in her Manhattan rental is swathed in a beautiful seafoam green shade that's perfectly juxtaposed with mustard and burnt orange hues. This palette continues throughout the home creating a cohesive look and feel that's both vibrant and sophisticated. She has beautifully layered rooms with colour and a fearless amalgamation of pattern.
Warm hues bring a cosy vibe to content creator Traci Sheppard's living room. Texture is introduced through a woven rug, pendant light, and rattan coffee table, all of which add visual interest to the pared-back space.
Ali Whittle is drawn to colour and this is widely reflected in her décor choices. The interior's overall look is fun and kaleidoscopic, yet perfectly sophisticated. This little nook in the living area makes for the perfect spot to sit down with a book.