Ideas for Small Living room Spaces

Tips for decorating small spaces | Monfaso

Feeling overwhelmed by all this advice? We totally get it, which is why we asked all of our experts to break it down into one succinct rule they swear by.

Greg Natale: “Don’t reduce the number of pieces you use; just reduce the scale of the pieces.”

Christine Gachot: “Proportion. Whatever happens to be your personal style, make sure you scale it to the space. Not simply in plan, but in every dimension. Whether you love Louis XVI or midcentury modern (my preferred seat at the table), it’s critical that you make sure it all physically fits. Less may in fact be more.”

Tom Stringer: “Scale (size) of the furniture is key along with related neutral colors to give the room a more spacious feel. Pieces need to relate to each other in a specific way (similar arm heights, similar back heights, etc.).”

Trip Haenisch: “Use a neutral palette, including white walls and light flooring, to create a more open and airy feeling. Too much contrast in interior architecture and furnishings tend to tighten things up.”

Jeff Andrews: “Everything should be beautiful but also functional. Don’t over-furnish.”

Steve Cordony: “Be bold. Sometimes people think that space limitations mean should play it safe and keep everything small and empty. Using bold, dark colors on the walls, or large-scale hero pieces of furniture, like a sofa, with lots of accessories and accent pieces, actually makes the space feel more open and interesting.”

Max Humphrey: “Don’t treat it like a small living room. Life is too short for loveseats. There’s nothing sexy about a settee. If you can fit a normal-size sofa in your room, go for it. Skip the matching end tables, and throw a sconce or two above the sofa instead. Buying miniature furniture for tiny rooms can be a bummer because chances are at some point you’ll move to a new house or apartment, and you don’t want to be stuck with furniture that was size-specific to the space you had before.”


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