5 Tips for Designing a Small Living Room

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How to design a small living room | living room decor ideas | gallery wall inspiration | minted art styling service | Little Miss Fearless

How to design a small living room | living room decor ideas | gallery wall inspiration | minted art styling service | Little Miss Fearless

How to design a small living room | living room decor ideas | gallery wall inspiration | minted art styling service | Little Miss Fearless

How to design a small living room | living room decor ideas | gallery wall inspiration | minted art styling service | Little Miss Fearless

How to design a small living room | living room decor ideas | gallery wall inspiration | minted art styling service | Little Miss Fearless

How to design a small living room | living room decor ideas | gallery wall inspiration | minted art styling service | Little Miss Fearless

How to design a small living room | living room decor ideas | gallery wall inspiration | minted art styling service | Little Miss Fearless

How to design a small living room | living room decor ideas | gallery wall inspiration | minted art styling service | Little Miss Fearless

How to design a small living room | living room decor ideas | gallery wall inspiration | minted art styling service | Little Miss Fearless

How to design a small living room | living room decor ideas | gallery wall inspiration | minted art styling service | Little Miss Fearless

How to design a small living room | living room decor ideas | gallery wall inspiration | minted art styling service | Little Miss Fearless

How to design a small living room | living room decor ideas | gallery wall inspiration | minted art styling service | Little Miss Fearless

How to design a small living room | living room decor ideas | gallery wall inspiration | minted art styling service | Little Miss Fearless

How to design a small living room | living room decor ideas | gallery wall inspiration | minted art styling service | Little Miss Fearless

How to design a small living room | living room decor ideas | gallery wall inspiration | minted art styling service | Little Miss Fearless

How to design a small living room | living room decor ideas | gallery wall inspiration | minted art styling service | Little Miss Fearless

How to design a small living room | living room decor ideas | gallery wall inspiration | minted art styling service | Little Miss Fearless

Decorating our new living room has not been easy for me. Like many of you, I don’t have a lot of free time, but I like to take my time with big projects like this. It’s not like an outfit where you just put a new one on the next day. And of course, budgeting appropriately for furniture and other items is important because it all adds up pretty quickly.

Here are 5 tips I learned in the process of decorating our small space…

1.Find a unique statement rug.

In our living room, the rug is a focal point that really sets the tone for everything around it. When we moved in last December, Benji was still crawling so I wanted a rug that would be soft for him to roll around on and the shag style was perfect for us. I purposefully picked a light ivory to contrast the brown hardwoods, but made sure it had a pattern to help disguise any wear and tear. We could have chosen a million other unique rugs from Lulu and Georgia (see their tips on how to choose a rug) that would have also looked great, but we’ve been really happy with this one.

2. Get help from a stylist, not a designer.

Our house is open concept so I wanted to make everything flow, but didn’t exactly know how. I researched interior design services and I was quoted a minimum of $10k per room because they typically require you to purchase all-new furniture. We had just purchased a couch and accent chair (and we weren’t looking to invest that much in home decor) so I reached out to my amazingly talented friend Amelia, an interior stylist over at Brightsides Home Interiors, and she began putting together a design board for me. I love her style and was so impressed by how quickly she found pieces that fit my budget and style. Plus, she’s the nicest and introduced me to the darling Kaeley over at Kaekoo Shop and we’re all teaming up for a giveaway on my Instagram today that you won’t want to miss!

3. Less is more. Add accent pillows.

I have a tendency to brainstorm decorations for every bare spot in the house. But when you’re dealing with smaller rooms, less is always more. Too many decorations too close together can look cluttered and distracting, instead of clean and comfortable. These fun, handmade pillows from Kaekoo were the perfect alternative to putting more stuff on the walls. They bring so much personality to the room, while still letting us maintain the clean, simple vibe we have going. It feels more balanced and minimalistic (the perfect backdrop for the messes Benji makes with his toys everyday).

4. White gives the illusion of space.

I have been hunting for a white media console for months. They’re hard to find. I intentionally wanted to make the room feel bigger and knew that white would be the best way to do that. The TV stand we purchased is actually a sideboard, so we drilled holes in the back for our cords and moved the shelves to allow the far left compartment to fit a bin of Benji’s toys. That’s another tip! If you have kiddos, find furniture that doubles as storage. Amelia also recommended our white linen drapes and I love how they extend the windows and augment the natural light.

5. Create a custom gallery wall.

Lastly, when it came to the walls, I was stumped. The wall behind our TV is fairly big but I didn’t want to put gaping holes in it without a professional’s help. Then I saw a post on Instagram about Minted’s personal art styling service. I’ve worked with them in the past on Benji’s birth announcements and a custom piece for his nursery and they do not disappoint. You guys, this was one of the best personalized experiences I’ve had in a long time. You basically answer some questions about your style preferences and you’re paired with a stylist who puts together mock-ups of wall designs using Minted‘s unique art selections (my stylist even helped me find a NYC print and beachy print to represent Matt’s and my favorite destinations) and they’ll go through revisions until you’re completely happy with it. I was the most nervous about this part because I knew it make or break our whole space and I’m so happy I did it. If you have a wall in your house that needs some love, definitely go the Minted route. The styling service starts at $79, plus the cost of your art prints.

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Comments

  1. Such a well designed living room! My whole home is just 300 sq ft (shared!), so this has given me a lot of inspiration on how I could redo my home. Thank you!

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    Posted July 13, 2017 | Reply
  2. Rach says:

    Our sectional looks so similar to yours! I also have a very small living room and looking to re-design it. These tips are great! Also, does that one sign say “hoochie mama”? haha

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    Posted July 13, 2017 | Reply
  3. Emily says:

    Gallery wall in my guest room!

    Posted July 13, 2017 | Reply
  4. Erin J. says:

    Birth announcements for our newest little!

    Posted July 13, 2017 | Reply
  5. Lanae says:

    Love your living room set up. Looking for black white and neutral insp for our new place!

    Posted July 13, 2017 | Reply
  6. Hannah says:

    I need that letter board! Great eye, your space looks lovely for raising a family in. I think I love Minted just as much as you. I’d love to add some giant children’s art to our playroom walls.

    Posted July 13, 2017 | Reply
  7. Molly Bryant says:

    These are some great tips. I live in a pretty small apartment and am always looking for ways to make the most of the small space.

    Posted July 13, 2017 | Reply
  8. Meegan says:

    My walls are so boring, I would love to do a gallery wall in my living room! Love what you did! ♥ I would definitely get the greyscale poppies print.

    Posted July 13, 2017 | Reply
  9. Avery Hash says:

    Gorgeous space, lady! We moved into our new house a couple of months ago and I am struggling to fill the bare walls with pieces I love. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Posted July 13, 2017 | Reply
  10. Rebecca S says:

    I’d buy Christmas card thru them, super cute!

    Posted July 13, 2017 | Reply
  11. Mercedes Amanda says:

    I’m hopefully getting engaged soon (ah!) So i would love the credit for some bridal shower invites!

    Posted July 13, 2017 | Reply
  12. Tori says:

    I love how the framed prints are arranged around the TV! I wouldn’t have thought to do that!

    Posted July 13, 2017 | Reply
  13. Kelli gilbert says:

    Would love this for our first home!!!

    Posted July 13, 2017 | Reply
  14. Abbie says:

    I love the fabric options at Minted.

    Posted July 13, 2017 | Reply
  15. Invitations!! I LOVE Minted and use them for all my paper products! I am hosting a wedding shower for my bff soon and would love to use the gift card toward that! Xo

    Posted July 13, 2017 | Reply
  16. Lea Anna says:

    baby announcements!

    Posted July 13, 2017 | Reply
  17. Dan Dykstra says:

    We are in the middle of a remodel in our home. I think a gallery wall in the formal living room would look great.

    Posted July 14, 2017 | Reply
  18. Amanda Larsen says:

    I would love some new prints for my house!!

    Posted July 14, 2017 | Reply
  19. Taylor says:

    Absolutely love the tips and links in your post! I had no idea Minted could help with gallery walls. I quickly entered the contest, and even though I think we’ll use the gallery services in our first home, the gift card will go towards beautiful wedding invites first 🙂

    Posted July 14, 2017 | Reply
  20. Denyne says:

    You have great style!!

    Posted July 14, 2017 | Reply
  21. Rachel says:

    I would like to win the Minted giveaway so that I can purchase nursery art for my babies room.

    Posted July 14, 2017 | Reply
  22. Morgan says:

    Love you gallery wall! If I won the giveaway I would do a gallery wall in my living room as well!

    Posted July 14, 2017 | Reply
  23. Jill says:

    I love Minted! I would love to get prints for a gallery wall.

    Posted July 14, 2017 | Reply
  24. Gina M says:

    Wow, that artwork is gorgeous! I would love to spend it on new stationary and notebooks. I love the designs! This is one of my favorites–https://www.minted.com/product/notebooks/MIN-XL4-NBK/tropical-leaves?ccId=1293255&color=A&org=photo&feature=Browse&event=sku_click&sku=MIN-XL4-NBK&pop_rank=15&source=image&t_api=1

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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    Posted July 15, 2017 | Reply
  25. Casey H says:

    We just moved and our walls are empty-definitely could use some Minted help!

    Posted July 15, 2017 | Reply
  26. Buy a gift for my girlfriend!

    Posted July 15, 2017 | Reply
  27. Elizabeth W says:

    I really want to add to my gallery wall in my bedroom!

    Posted July 15, 2017 | Reply
  28. Susan D. says:

    I would use it on throw pillows- such cute prints!

    Posted July 16, 2017 | Reply
  29. Jessica Ferrell says:

    Hoping to win to create a gallery wall in my living room! This is sooo cute!

    Posted July 17, 2017 | Reply
  30. Kara Arany says:

    I’d love to win $150 to Minted. I’d buy a few art prints for the walls in my new home. Thank you for the giveaway!

    Posted July 18, 2017 | Reply
  31. Praveen says:

    Love the saying on your letter board!

    Posted July 18, 2017 | Reply
  32. Ashley L. says:

    I would love to get a piece of art! Picking art is my biggest weakness in terms of styling my house…so our walls are almost bare! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Posted July 18, 2017 | Reply
  33. dianne hall says:

    I would love the flamingo print for my daughter’s nursery:)

    Posted July 18, 2017 | Reply
  34. kenny h. says:

    I would love to start a gallery wall for my entryway. Thanks!

    Posted July 18, 2017 | Reply
  35. Denise says:

    I would like some pillows. So many fun prints!!

    Posted July 18, 2017 | Reply
  36. Nicki says:

    I would like to get a nice abstract print to hang above my dresser

    Posted July 18, 2017 | Reply
  37. Rayna Hetlage says:

    I’d spend the $150 on items for my upcoming wedding.

    Posted July 19, 2017 | Reply
  38. Tracie Cooper says:

    I would love to make a gallery wall with family pictures for my living room.

    Posted July 19, 2017 | Reply
  39. SHANNON FINER says:

    Gifts for others! Stickers, journals and cards!

    Posted July 19, 2017 | Reply
  40. Erika W. says:

    I would love to win because although I have lived in my house for several years, I barely have anything on the walls. I’d love to do a gallery or one large piece of artwork.

    Posted July 20, 2017 | Reply
  41. Sarah Mayer says:

    We need artwork throughout the house.. especially in the bedroom.

    Posted July 20, 2017 | Reply
  42. Lisa says:

    Your living room looks fantastic! I love Minted and would definitely use their design service.

    Posted July 20, 2017 | Reply
  43. Natalie Y says:

    What is the paint color you used? I love it! Such a cute room.

    Posted July 23, 2017 | Reply
    • Thanks, Natalie! Our wall paint is Sherwin Williams “Agreeable Gray.” xo

      Posted July 23, 2017 | Reply