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4 Creative Ideas for Styling a Small Living Room

4 Creative Ideas for Styling a Small Living Room

A small living room can hold just as much personality as a large one, but you will run into some obstacles if you don’t take its size into account. You need to be thoughtful and creative to successfully design a small room.

In a small space, it’s easier for minor inconsistencies to add up and cause imbalance or chaos. And since the living room is a central gathering place in most homes, it’s important to get this room right. Read these four creative ideas for styling a small living room to come up with a plan for your home.

Focus on Streamlined Furniture

Designing a small space doesn’t mean that you need to completely forgo hefty furniture; however, you must be more selective. The more ornate and substantial pieces you have, the easier it is for the room to look crowded.

To keep your space feeling open, focus on using streamlined furniture. For example, choose pieces with clean lines that have little ornamentation. These pieces won’t clutter a room. And if you want to have a weightier piece of furniture, such as a decorative coffee table, it won’t have to compete with the other furniture in the room. Just keep these heavier items to a minimum.

Light Up the Room

While your streamlined furniture won’t block out more space than necessary, emphasizing light will also make your living room feel more expansive. Natural and artificial light can work together to improve the room.

Avoid blocking windows with furniture or window treatments. Choose light-colored blinds and curtains and let in as much natural light as you can. Additionally, attach light fixtures to the walls or hang them from the ceiling to save on floor space. Hanging a mirror will also make the room feel larger in part by reflecting light.

Choose Multi-Use Furniture

By picking furniture that performs various functions, you eliminate the need for extra pieces that take up more space. When your furniture is beautiful and efficient, it keeps the room functional, open, and welcoming. This creative idea for styling your small living room marries function and form.

An upholstered ottoman is an example of multi-purpose furniture. If you top the ottoman with a tray, you can use it as a coffee table. Move the tray, and the ottoman is a footrest. It can also offer extra seating when you have guests over, and many ottomans hold storage space inside.

Embrace Change

Often, people feel like they can’t or shouldn’t make design changes to a small room. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money or time overhauling your living room to keep the look fresh. Making regular changes to your living room will keep it interesting for you and others.

There are many ways to upgrade your living room. Whether you’re replacing furniture or adjusting the color scheme, don’t be afraid to adapt your living space to suit your changing tastes, interests, and needs. Perhaps more than any other room in your home, your living room should reflect your evolving approach to living life.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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