There is nothing more welcoming than visiting guests seeing a small yet warm and cozy living room that has been well decorated and invites you to curl up and stay awhile. This is one of the most used spaces in your home, so you want it to be functional and well organized, which is extremely important when you are tight on space. You don’t want this space to feel cluttered, so small furnishings is key. Built ins can be really helpful for small decorative items and keeping this orderly and out of the way.
You want your space to feel airy and bright, so please stay away from darker colors! Consider a neutral color palette with bold bursts of color. Lots of windows can help to really lighten a space, but if you don’t have this option, good lighting also works. A large mirror in your living room can help to make the space feel bigger. If you need a less expensive option, pick up some pieces of glass at IKEA and mount them to your wall. Think smart storage solutions, such as using functional furnishings like a coffee table with drawers, an ottoman that has a lid. Window sills can be transformed into a small cozy seating nook, just add some pillows and a throw. A sleeper sofa can be used for overnight guests if you don’t have a spare bedroom. A small space is typically more cozy than a larger one, so have fun with it and make it your personal oasis.