When arranging furniture in a small living room, try to create a balance by making the room as spacious as possible without compromising seating space. The type of furniture used and its placement in the room determines this balance.
Using wallpaper in a small living room adds depth to the room, while adding a mirror creates a focal point. Positioning a mirror across from a window gives the illusion of an extra window.
Create as much extra storage as possible in a small living room. Furniture with extra storage eliminates clutter and makes the space seem larger.
Using small-scale furniture can make a small room seem larger. A full-size sofa may not work for a small living room, so try using a slim love seat or petite sofa instead. It is also possible to skip putting a sofa all together. Instead, position a few armchairs around a coffee table.
Plants are also welcome in small living spaces. Plants add depth and are especially useful in corners and near sofas, as they give the illusion of a larger room.
A small living room also benefits from floor-to-ceiling draperies that emphasize the vertical dimensions of the space. This way, the eye is invited to look above the horizontal elements.