Good Designs for Small Formal Living Room Ideas
Balanced colors and angled furniture take the stuffy out of Small Formal Living Room Ideas.
Formal does not have to mean stuffy when you apply an exuberant decor sense in your small living room to create a stylish, welcoming space for family and guests to enjoy. You don’t have to spend a lot of money — hand-me-downs clean up nicely — to showcase your prized antiques without turning your home into a museum. Start with a color scheme or design element that appeals to you and balance every added touch for a polished, approachable formal living room or parlor.
Decorating Small Formal Living Room Ideas
Court Style, Contemporary Flair
A small formal living room with high ceilings, tall windows, parquet floors and decorative plasterwork are a stage setting for a casual mix of European antique furnishings with a dash of modern color. Paint walls cool mint green with white trim and cover the windows with ceiling-to-floor white silk drapes. A French gilt-framed settee that might have graced a hall in Versailles is covered in emerald velvet; the matching bergeres — French armchairs — are toned down with Belgian linen upholstery. Borrow ornate side tables from the royals — real or reproduction Louise XVI white and gilt tables hold a cut crystal bowl of garden flowers and a crystal chandelier-style table lamp. A soft coral overdyed Oriental carpet or a simple sea grass rug keeps the overall decor anchored in this century.