15 Apartment Living Room Design Ideas and Examples

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15 Apartment Living Room Design Ideas and Examples

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Of course, there are some standard best practices when it comes to decorating a stylish living room that can be used regardless of size and space, but there are a few extra considerations that can make the decor of an apartment living room more unique. Urban apartment dwellings give a whole new meaning to “small”, and if buildings have certain constraints, they also tend to require more of a solution. So if you live in an apartment and find yourself here looking for design ideas, tips and advice from professionals, you’re in good hands! We’ll highlight 15 apartment living room examples from some of our favorite designers to help you make the most of your space.

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This Chicago apartment living room, designed by interior designer Devin Kirk, is a masterpiece of perfect matching. The marble section is perfect for corners, while the round ottoman slash coffee table brings a softer, less boxy look. Rather than adding a side table or console that might seem too big here, Kirk opted for a low stool. An eye-catching gallery wall is another great touch (hang it on decorative millwork to visually expand the room).


Divide the room into zones

Despite the limited space, David Fraser made his small New York apartment living room feel formal and elegant. He divided the main room into two distinct areas, one for leisure and visiting, and one for dining and working. Large chandeliers and antique pieces personalize the building’s more generic bones.


Work around building rules

Make a statement in this tiny New York City living room by Celerie Kemble, painted in a plaster-like shade of ultra-light pink. According to the building’s regulations, the faux finish guides the texture of the wallpaper, which she is not allowed to use. This is a good solution.

If you have an extra cloakroom in your living room but don’t need extra storage space, convert it into a bar. This will help you make it feel more entertaining and add depth and dimension, especially when painting contrasting colors, as seen in this piece by Robert McKinley.


match the sofa to the wall

Devin Kirk painted Benjamin Moore’s Bird’s Egg on the walls to beautify the sofa, and a section of the Jayson Home features Robert E. Len Schiele (Robert Allen Schiele) fabric remodeled (also hung on curtains). A jute rug brings texture and dimension without filling a small space with too much color.

Designer Sarah Solis created a home office in the living room by installing a floating desk in the corner. Another part of the room is dedicated to relaxation and visits.

This small but sexy living room by Zia Priven is painted in Stiffkey Blue by Farrow Ball. Slim and understated, the stacked coffee table balances the plush rug and sexy pieces.

For a small city apartment, Lisle McKenna went with soft, colorful shapes, but didn’t shy away from fun contrasting prints. She also opted for a settee next to the timed dining table so that it could serve as extra seating for guests, or a comfortable place to dine and handle emails.

If you live in an urban apartment, you probably crave nature every now and then. So why not bring it into your living room with a daily dose of greenery? Designer Elizabeth Cooper added vibrancy and color by placing a lush citrus tree in the corner, then staggered trims on the windowsill.

Enclosed lockers are a godsend for small living room apartments. In this book by Brooklyn-based firm Shapeless Studio, stacked coffee table books enliven the room without feeling cluttered. Everything else is hidden behind closed cabinet doors.

This simple living room by Robert McKinley Studio incorporates a plethora of textures, from the rug to the curtains and sofa. These casual materials make it feel relaxed while being fresh and stylish, and while all the furniture is smaller than your average living room stuff, it looks right at home here.

Take every opportunity to add character and a warm ambience to your apartment living room. In this case, Heidi Caillier created a comfy window seat in the corner.

Don’t let awkward ceiling slopes tire you of an otherwise perfect apartment. With the right approach, you can make it work! Take this living room by Leane Ford Interiors, for example. Neutral tones and modern styling make it feel extra comfortable.


stay true to your style

“I love the juxtaposition between traditional spaces and modern stairs,” says Eliza Crater of Sister Parish Design. Rich Kelly green accent walls and decorative floral drapes help bring some fullness and warmth to the otherwise all-white surfaces in her apartment’s living room.


Use complex neutrals

A quirky indoor tree is a fun surprise in this polished and cosmopolitan living room by Shawn Henderson. And, instead of choosing a classic white or warm off-white paint color, he opted for a cooler gray neutral. It’s perfect for pied-a-terre.

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