8 Small Family Room Ideas to Make Your Living Space Feel Larger

If you’re spending more time at home, and square footage is hard to come by, you’re likely in need of some small family room ideas. Whether you use the space as a temporary home office or makeshift playroom, it’s important to make sure the family room layout still feels welcoming. And if you’re in an apartment, you have to be even more intentional. No extraneous items if you can help it.

Whatever the constraints of your small family room, there are ways to make it appear bigger and successfully work within the limits you have.

Make the most of your own quarters with these small family room ideas. You’re welcome!

1. Invest in a corner sectional.

modern small family room ideas with neutral color palette and corner sofa
Image Credit: Lark & Linen

Your family room furniture is super important in a tight space. You don’t want to crowd the room with a chunky sofa or a huge armchair, but you also need an appropriate place for quality family time. Get the balance right with a slick sectional, just like this one in Lark & Linen’s modern living space.

Get the look:
Traditional Oriental Farmhouse Moroccan Style Throw Pillows.
Antique Oriental Traditional Bohemia Moroccan Style Throw Blankets.
Moroccan Rustic & Farmhouse Style Coffee Tables.
Vintage Traditional Bohemian Moroccan Style Rugs Design.

2. Try footstools and poufs.

bohemian small family room ideas with leather couch
Image Credit: Justine Celina

If you still need seats for little ones, try floor cushions or stools to add comfort without taking up too much square footage. This boho set up by Justine Celina should give you all the inspo you need. Note how she pulled the furniture away from the walls, even though there’s not much room? This simple trick creates the illusion of a bigger space.

Get the look:
Traditional Oriental Farmhouse Moroccan Style Throw Pillows.
Antique Oriental Traditional Bohemia Moroccan Style Floor Pillows.
Antique Oriental Traditional Bohemia Moroccan Style Outdoor Floor Pillows.
Moroccan Rustic & Farmhouse Style Coffee Tables.
Vintage Traditional Bohemian Moroccan Style Rugs Design.

3. Let in the light.

small family room ideas with leather accent chairs and rattan ceiling light
Image Credit: Pure Salt Interiors

Aim for light, bright, and airy with your family room by keeping the color palette neutral. Take advantage of the natural sun with simple window treatments. While you’re at, decor made from natural materials, such as a jute rug and leather chairs, look great alongside lots of greenery.

Get the look:
Traditional Oriental Farmhouse Moroccan Style Throw Pillows.
Antique Oriental Traditional Bohemia Moroccan Style Floor Pillows.
Antique Oriental Traditional Bohemia Moroccan Style Outdoor Floor Pillows.
Moroccan Rustic & Farmhouse Style Coffee Tables.
Vintage Traditional Bohemian Moroccan Style Rugs Design.

4. Use color wisely.

small family room ideas with shelving and orange sofa
Image Credit: The Jungalow

You don’t need to be scared of color in a small space; just be wary of how many hues you incorporate. A brighter sofa (we dig the orange tone) or rug will draw the eye in, taking the focus away from the size of the space. Justina Blakeney got the balance just right with the neutral walls and bold sofa. Splashes of the pattern on the scatter cushions make the room even more vibrant.

Get the look:
Traditional Oriental Farmhouse Moroccan Style Throw Pillows.
Antique Oriental Traditional Bohemia Moroccan Style Floor Pillows.
Antique Oriental Traditional Bohemia Moroccan Style Outdoor Floor Pillows.
Moroccan Rustic & Farmhouse Style Coffee Tables.
Vintage Traditional Bohemian Moroccan Style Rugs Design.

5. Add shelving.

small family room ideas with open shelving and white coffee table
Image Credit: Nesting with Grace

Storage is pretty essential in any family room, so think carefully about how you can incorporate double-duty furniture, ottomans, and organizational baskets into your design. In this Nesting with Grace design, the open shelving looks aesthetic, and any unsightly items are hidden.

Get the look:
Traditional Oriental Farmhouse Moroccan Style Throw Pillows.
Antique Oriental Traditional Bohemia Moroccan Style Floor Pillows.
Antique Oriental Traditional Bohemia Moroccan Style Outdoor Floor Pillows.
Moroccan Rustic & Farmhouse Style Coffee Tables.
Vintage Traditional Bohemian Moroccan Style Rugs Design.

6. Create a gallery wall.

small family room ideas with corner gallery wall and wood coffee table
Image Credit: The Lovely Drawer

When you’re short on floor space, there’s another feature that you can take advantage of for decor — the walls. For something a little different, create a corner gallery wall and pull the eyes away from the room itself.

Get the look:
Traditional Oriental Farmhouse Moroccan Style Throw Pillows.
Antique Oriental Traditional Bohemia Moroccan Style Throw Blankets.
Vintage Retro Moroccan Style Framed Prints Artworks.
Moroccan Rustic & Farmhouse Style Coffee Tables.
Vintage Traditional Bohemian Moroccan Style Rugs Design.

7. Go vertical!

small family room ideas with projector and blue striped rug
Image Credit: Chloe Berk for Hunker

Walls are great for displaying art, but it’s important to capitalize on that vertical real estate as much as possible in a small family room. This midcentury living space uses a shelf to hang a wall projector and to show off the decor. And don’t get us started on the two-tier coffee table; it combines form and function.

Get the look:
Traditional Oriental Farmhouse Moroccan Style Throw Pillows.
Antique Oriental Traditional Bohemia Moroccan Style Throw Blankets.
Vintage Retro Moroccan Style Framed Prints Artworks.
Moroccan Rustic & Farmhouse Style Coffee Tables.
Vintage Traditional Bohemian Moroccan Style Rugs Design.

8. Embrace the toys.

small family room ideas with playroom area and plant
Image Credit: Francoise et Moi

Family rooms usually have to work as playrooms, too. Make like Erin of Francoise et Moi, and embrace the cuddly creatures in your room, while still opting for a chic design that works for the rest of the family. We especially appreciate that large square leather floor cushion.

Get the look:
Traditional Oriental Farmhouse Moroccan Style Throw Pillows.
Antique Oriental Traditional Bohemia Moroccan Style Throw Blankets.
Vintage Retro Moroccan Style Framed Prints Artworks.
Moroccan Rustic & Farmhouse Style Coffee Tables.
Vintage Traditional Bohemian Moroccan Style Rugs Design.

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