5 Tips for decorating a small living room with modern items

January 22, 2021

Do you have a living room that’s limited in size? Trying to fit everything into a small space can quickly make it feel cramped and look cluttered. Thankfully, you can create the illusion of a bigger space, no matter how small your living room is.

Modern bookshelves

Take the guesswork out of optimizing your space with the help of a qualified Interior Designer and Decorator from your Calgary home furnishing store. If you want to tackle this project on your own, here are some of our favourite tips on decorating a small living room!

1. Add mirrors

Instantly create the illusion of space by simply adding a mirror. Choose from an oversized mirror covering an entire wall or a few smaller-sized mirrors strategically placed around the room. To add to the effect, keep your colour palette and modern decor items light and airy.

2. Carefully choose the right sofa

We recommend avoiding bulky sofas that quickly eat up space in a small living room. A sectional sofa placed in a tight corner and leaning against the wall can provide a warm and cozy feel while giving your living room more depth. A two-seater couch makes room for a tall potted plant to add a pop of colour and greenery to the space.

Take advantage of the space behind the sofa with a modern bookshelf that adds visual interest and doubles up as extra storage.

3. Use lighting to your advantage

Eliminate dark corners that can make your space feel stuffy or closed in. Consider layering different lighting fixtures to achieve a well-lit and balanced space. Strategically place lamps where the light can bounce off a mirror to enhance the illusion of a larger room.


4. Incorporate double-duty furniture

Multipurpose furniture like a coffee table, couch, and modern decor items that double as storage is a smart way to add functionality to a small living room without compromising style.

5. Hire an interior decorator

Feeling overwhelmed, or don't know where to start? Choosing furniture and key decor items for a small living room can be challenging. A knowledgeable interior decorator can help with an in-home consultation. You’ll have the opportunity to bounce ideas, ask questions, get tips, and find the right style suited just for you.


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