The average living room is roughly 16 feet by 20 feet in length and width. That means a 10x12 living room layout is a bit tight! Don't worry, here we have 11 fresh ideas for small living rooms.
While the images used may not be exactly 10x12, the layout of the furniture would work. Pick and choose the elements from this post that work for you to create your dream living room.
There are different aspects this post will discuss—things like where the TV is placed, how big the couch should be, and what should be used to accent the suggestions. Keep reading to find 11 amazing living room layouts!
1. Go Natural
Incorporating nature into your living room space is a great way to give the room a real earthy feel. If a room is too small, it may begin to feel stuffy. A great way to avoid this is by decorating with plants that naturally increase the air quality!
If monsteras and ivies aren't quite your feel, try adding air plants to the room. One popular air plant is Spanish moss, praised for its beauty as it drapes from trees in Mexico and South America.
This living room also stayed true to a few colors—beige, orange, and green. Sticking to one overall color pallet is a good way to trick the eye into ignoring how small the room is.
If there are too many colors, everything will feel more crowded. And sometimes that looks good! But in this case, you don't have the proper space for maximalism.
View live Spanish moss on Amazon here.
2. Suddenly Spacious
This image looks very spacious at first! At a closer look, you can see that nothing is separating the kitchen, dining room, and living room from each other.
The walls were taken out to achieve this very open style, however, there are still details that separate each "room." The paint on the wall and the different accent colors for each room make it feel fuller.
This futuristic look is also something to consider adding to your next project. The geometric shapes, different colors, and textures of the room make it unique. Feel free to play around with these different styles!
3. Mount The TV To The Wall
By moving something bulky like a TV to the wall, you save a lot of ground space. This image is very minimalistic, but you could have a small couch or ottoman in the room as well.
In this example, there is also built-in shelf space. If this is an option to experiment with, go for it! It could be a sports trophy cabinet or a sophisticated bookshelf. Again, the idea here is to have more ground space by moving furniture to the walls.
You can mount the television yourself, or you can call someone for support. We always recommend consulting a professional before going straight into these home design projects, just to be safe.
For more stylistic ideas for placing a TV in your living room, visit our related article: How To Arrange Living Room Furniture With TV
4. Living Room For One
We're going to say it—if you live alone, then it's okay for your furniture to represent that. Don't try to outdo yourself with lavish furniture and decor on each table if you don't have space for it!
The couch in the image is a perfect couch for someone who lives alone or with one other person. Sometimes, what makes a living room look good is using what you have to its advantage.
5. Small Couch, Small Chair
What this room does is incorporate both a good length couch and a single seat chair. From this point of view, we'd be standing right where the TV is.
If we had to take everything in another 3 feet or so, there would still be a good amount of space between each piece of furniture. That's why we recommend working with a medium-sized couch and a chair!
Click here to view this living room accent chair on Amazon.
6. Comfy Corner
If you have two windows in the corner of your living room, consider styling it like this cozy corner. Think of it as a sunroom for the working class! What you'll need here is a couch that can be placed in a corner or two couches that can be perpendicular.
There could be a TV across from the c0uch, possibly mounted to a wall. When everything is in a comfy little corner, you can't have too much in that comfy little corner. It gets crowded easily.
7. Do We Actually Need A Coffee Table?
If you eat in the kitchen or dining room, then the food can stay in the kitchen or dining room. If that's your kind of rule, you might like this idea—no coffee table in the living room.
Alright, well, maybe we're not talking about getting rid of coffee tables entirely. We want to rebrand what coffee tables are by encouraging people to experiment with alternatives to traditional coffee tables.
Smaller accent pieces in front of the couch can be useful while also keeping the walkways clear. These pieces look like mini stools, but there are other types we encourage you to explore.
Click here to see these tiny coffee tables on Amazon.
8. Furniture Tetris
Look at those two glorious cubes under the table! Those can be taken out and used as seats, but when they aren't in use, they can be put under the table. We love furniture that screams practicality! Some of them actually open up and become storage bins. Some uses for them could be toy bins or seasonal decorations.
Something that can be noticed in this room is that none of the furniture is bigger than it has to be. We don't want the furniture to take up too much space, so keep that in mind when designing your room.
This room appears to be more narrow than a 10x12 living room, but the styling choices still apply. This person chose to use the whole wall for a couch and the opposite wall for storage and decor. This minimalistic look is good if you don't want to showcase anything in particular in the room.
On the other hand, there could be a TV across from the couch. We're picturing an older couple watching their grandkid's dance recital on film. The setup is easy enough for older generations to be satisfied but customizable enough for someone more tech-savvy.
10. Use Bean Bags
Bean bags are a great way to make the room look more modern yet comfortable! Swapping out a couch for bean bags also makes it easier to clear furniture out of the way when necessary.
There are so many different styles of bean bags to choose from as well. If you aren't totally sold on the bean bag idea, maybe look at Papasan chairs. They give life to the room without being overbearing, and they can often close up for storage.
There are many different styles of bean bags, including ones that act as beds. Depending on what you're looking for, your bean bag living room might look different than the one pictured.
Click here to view beanbag furniture on Amazon.
11. Chairs Over The Couch
For a tight-knit living room, try using armchairs instead of a shared couch. That way, everyone in the space has their own customized seat.
This could be cute for roommates who want their space or if you're often hosting study sessions. There could be small end tables on the sides of the armchairs. When people want to do something together, they could push the end tables to the center of the living room and create a coffee table.
Wrapping It Up
This post showcased different 10x12 living room layouts. There were different types of couches and living rooms that didn't even have couches. There were walls broken down (literally) and furniture was reimagined. Or, at least we hope it was as dramatic and showstopping for you as it was for us. Remember some basic tips:
- Light will open up a room, so strategically work with your windows.
- The furniture doesn't need to seat 6 if you live alone.
- Keep an eye out for furniture that doubles as a storage unit.
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