This post is all about elegant small living room ideas.
An elegant space to me is about balance, symmetry, calm colors, and playful but intentional decor in the right places.
In the below, I’ll show you elegant small living room ideas that you can easily recreate on a budget!!
Let’s hop right in.
1. Elegant living room with gold details
People often think that a living room with gold is ‘too much.’ The small living room below is a great example that gold doesn’t have to overpower the room.
The way to make gold in your living room work is by adding plenty of calm neutral tones and wood. You also want to pay attention to the TYPE of gold furniture you buy.
As you can see, the coffee table and side table aren’t shiny gold, but more matte and calm gold. The standing light and mirror, however, are shiny!!
Using gold in your living room is all about striking the right balance.
2. Living room with accent color
A blue sofa is daring, but so beautiful! Velvet material instantly adds so much charm to your living room.
I love how the living room below shows how to mix velvet blue with gold details, while the room still looks balanced and elegant.
3. Small living room with modern design
You can definitely hang a large artwork in a small living room. Just make sure you keep enough open space on your other living room walls.
The lucite coffee table is a smart choice for a small space because it will make your living room appear bigger than it is.
4. Rustic elegant living room
A rustic elegant living room with a touch of farmhouse: this creates such a warm and welcoming ambiance!
Create this farmhouse aesthetic with simple garlands, a tray with candles, and lots of cozy neutral pillows and blankets.
5. Understated stylish small living room
Warm dark wood and neutrals make for an elegant yet understated living room. A narrow picture ledge above the couch works very nicely in a small apartment living room.
6. Elegant formal living room aesthetic
The ingredients for an elegant formal living room aesthetic:
- Go all out with a chandelier (find a beautiful affordable chandelier here)
- One large horizontal frame on the walls
- A charming area rug that pulls the space together
- Add a few elegant decor items on your coffee table, like a ceramic pitcher with flowers.
7. Gray living room with pop of color
A pop of color truly livens up a gray living room. You can add pops of color as subtle or as wild as you’d like.
The gray living room below obviously is on the subtle end of the spectrum. The only color that really stands out is the warm brown/rustic orange.
Living rooms with gray furniture is one of the most versatile interior choices you can make. When you look closely at this picture, there’s a formula you can easily copy for your own apartment:
- Pick a couch with a simple design in light gray.
- Go for an area rug with an almost exact color match and other colors in the spectrum.
- Let your choice of accent color (burnt orange, navy, or stripes) come back in the pillows and rug.
- Play with different textures! The marble coffee table, shiny black, and subtly printed pillows all elevate one and another.
8. Simple but elegant decor
Ceramic decor like vases, coasters and trays are affordable and easily make your living room look elegant.
Create decor spots with 3-5 items for the most put-together look. Playing with different textures is one of those hacks that make cheap things look expensive!!
9. Simple but elegant details
Pillow covers aren’t expensive, but they can make such a difference in making your living room look more put together.
Woven baskets and plants are also budget-friendly ways to make your space look elegant.
10. Furniture with metal legs
Sometimes people find it tricky to commit to furniture with gold legs. Although I love furniture with gold legs, a more neutral choice is metal legs.
Generally speaking, metal legs let you get away with many different decorating styles. So if you’re doubtful about committing to gold, looking for furniture with metal legs is a clever way to give yourself lots of versatility down the line.
11. Playing with visual texture
Marble, a bright colored couch, and a printed rug = power combo. An eclectic small living room that is elegant and put-together requires some guts, but it can totally work.
You can recreate the “safe” version of this gorgeous living room with a neutral couch.
12. Minimalist elegant small living room
You might not think that metal furniture looks elegant, but I think the opposite is true! Metal is pretty subtle in a living room, which gives you lots of options in terms of decor.
I also love the picture ledge styling of this living room. Recreate this with different sized frames, and maybe even use different frame colors.
Make your place look homier with chunky throw blankets and cute decorative pillows. I also think that some tray on your coffee table does wonders in making your living room look elegant and put-together.
14. Mastering gold detail in living room
Light blue/gray, gold and neutral go together SO well! When recreating this gorgeous living room, pay attention that the furniture with gold details actually looks expensive. I find that especially with gold, you really have to be extra picky!
15. Mixing prints
Not everyone feels comfortable mixing prints in their living room, and I totally understand. It can be quite risky to figure out what prints go together- and which don’t.
Geometric prints tend to be a little easier to mix and match than anything flamboyant, floral or super colorful.
Area rugs and ottomans don’t have to be expensive. So if you want to experiment with some prints, these are the kind of items to do it with!