9 Chic Design Solutions for Tiny Living Rooms

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Trust us, you can make a small space work.

You’ve finally scored the apartment or home of your dreams, but there’s just one tinycaveat: It’s a touch on the small side. Luckily, tiny homes can pack just as much glamour and wow-factor as a spacious McMansion—it’s just a matter of getting the right design approach down. Even if you only have a mere 300 square feet to your name, these space-saving tips will whip your digs into tip-top shape.


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Bulky couches, coffee tables and chairs have a tendency to weigh a small space down and make it feel cramped. Opt instead for leggy, streamlined styles (mid-century modern options are particularly on point) that will make your living room feel more spacious.


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Pieces that can pull double duty—like an innovative coffee table or an old-world trunk—are key when you’re short on space because they provide extra storage to keep clutter at bay.


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Use a collection of quirky mirrors to decorate the walls in your living room and add visual intrigue while creating the illusion of a large, lofty space.


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Free up floor space by taking advantage of unused wall space and add a mounted book shelf or a funky geometric unit to display books and unique decorative accents. An added bonus? Mounted shelving draws the eye upward, emphasizing ceiling height.


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Form and function—lucite, acrylic or plexiglass furnishings give you the best of both worlds, infusing your room with a touch of glamour and creating the illusion of more space.


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Floating window shelves do so much more than provide save space. These minimal shelves offer a seriously chic way to display petite plantings and provide a bit of extra privacy—which, in a big city, is always a good thing.


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Open concept has its perks, but it can also make a small living space feel even tinier, swallowed up by the rest of the room. Define your space with luxe accents, like an eye-catching rug, unique lighting and luxe textiles to make your living area feel like a distinct space.


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Balance is everything. A calming color palette gives this small space an airy feel, while plants and oversized artwork pack plenty of panache.


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Tiny spaces are conducive to big, clunky desks, but that doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of a work space. Wall-mounted options are a savvy solution, providing you with a small work station without taking up precious floor space. This is also a great option if you have an awkward corner or nook that’s too small for focal pieces.