Cool Small Living Rooms Designs That Maximize Minimalist Style


When square footage is exceptionally tight, make the most of your living room with small-scale furniture as shown in this space by Boston based Jamie Keskin Design. A love seat carves out a cozy spot for two. Two end tables that double as shelving whip up a spot store books. Textural elements like the wicker coffee table and ribbed ceramic lamps punch up the neutral color scheme. 

You do not need a lot of stuff to make an elegant statement. In this lovely space spotted on the Decoist, furnishings and decorative accents in a mix of luxurious materials and chic colors elevates things. The marble coffee table is an attractive focal point. The green leather pouf and blue velvet side chair offer up eye-catching seatings. A plush Scandinavian inspired rug feels fantastic under bare feet. The starburst mirrors add sparkle without going overboard. The fiddle leaf fig tree, shown on the right brings a touch of nature.

A minimalistic, “L” shaped sectional sofa is a great way to maximize seating in a small living room. A pitch-perfect example is shown in this space by Los Angeles based interior designer Haley Weidenbaum. Zero square footage goes to waste with the three-piece nesting coffee set. Not only do they provide extra function when needed but the two smaller tables instantly disappear when tucked under the large one. A leather woven chair is both a stylish and compact touch that does not add visual heft. The potted plants bring balance, beauty, and character.

Dark furnishings add depth to this white, small living room by Havenly, an online interior design service. Gobs of natural light keeps the gray sofa and cognac side chair from weighing the space down. Got high ceilings? A tall fiddle-leaf fig tree, as shown on the left, will contrast beautifully with crisp white walls. The rug on the adds a dose of room warming orange color while unifying the room’s color scheme.

When square footage is minimal, go for extra cozy small-scale pieces like the plush sofa in this spacespotted on Haus Modelle. Colorful nesting side tables work as an expanding coffee table. A tiny bentwood stool from IKEA adds an extra seat. 

IDF Studio, an interior design firm out of San Francisco created this small living room, which is a mash-up of California causal style combined with Scandinavian inspired d├ęcor. The pale color palette gives the space it’s tranquil and relaxing vibe. Notice the backward books? Facing the pages out works with the room’s color scheme.

Creating an insanely chic small space is a cinch if you stick to a monochromatic palette as shown in this white living room featured on IKEA Ideas Lab. A few tricks keep this space from feeling cold and stark. Beautiful greenery enlivens the space with color. Natural wood and wicker accents add a dash of cozy, rustic style.