11 Great Tips for Living Room Decorating Ideas

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Tips for Living Room Design Try a few of these living room design tips; You will be ready to create a comfortable space that reflects your style. Whether your style is traditional or modern, casual or formal, bold or subdued, your living room should be a place where you can feel comfortable and spend quality time with friends, family or just yourself. There is art to decorate a room that looks great and feels good for you. Before you redesign a living room or lounge with your professional, arm yourself with a few designer tips and tricks. Here are some of my favourites.

Great Ideas for Living Room Decoration

1. Mix light and dark color. When a living room is all white and bright, it can feel too “clean” and inaccessible. When everything is dark, it can feel like a cave. But mixing dark and light colors creates a dynamic look with depth and balance. The design of any space at least benefits from the inclusion of some white and some black.

2. Compare your neutrals. Beyond incorporating a little white and a little black, decorating a living room with a variety of contrasting neutrals goes a long way in making it feel rich and welcoming. In this example, the white walls, caramel leather, brass hardware, gray sofa, and blue-gray cabinetry all contrast with each other, highlighting their distinct finishes and undertones. This makes the palette feel rich before other important elements such as color, pattern, and texture are added.

3. Play with texture. Texture is easy to overlook when decorating a living room, especially when we don’t see it as much as touch. However, it’s important for a living room to feel comfortable, and that’s true for plush textures that are pleasing to the touch and rougher textures that add contrast. Add leather, cotton, wool, metal, stone, glass, plant life and as many textures as possible. Pillows are a great place to start, especially if you’re decorating a living room on a budget. Look to other accessories and furniture to add new materials to the palette, even in small doses.

4. Work on some wood. We can’t talk about texture without talking about wood, one of the best materials to bring a feeling of warmth to a living room. There are so many ways to add wood, any one of them will make a space feel a little more inviting. Consider wall panels, side tables, movable stools, picture frames, sofa legs, and engraved artworks as just a few of the many options.

5. Mix up your carpets. Sure, most furniture stores give you the option to purchase an entire living room with matching upholstery, but that doesn’t mean you have to. In a living area, matching flooring can give a sense of maturity and order, but if you want a living room to feel cozy and warm, mix and match your rugs, upholstery pieces to give the design a little more personality.

One of the safest ways to do this is to mix leather armchairs with a fabric sofa or vice versa so the materials contrast in an obviously deliberate way. It adds some variety to the living room design, which can offer family members different options to suit their seating preferences.

6. Choose practical fabrics. Speaking of flooring, it’s particularly important that living room seating is not only comfortable but durable. What this means will depend on your family. You may have babies or toddlers, they may or may not be pets, and they may be messy or uncluttered. In general, mid-tone fabrics are the safest bet, as very light or dark shades will easily show soiling and wear.

Leather is an excellent material to prevent stains because it can be easily cleaned when a spill occurs. However, it usually scratches more easily than most fabrics, so it may not withstand animals as well. Leather that already has a broken look or pattern can age particularly well.

When choosing fabrics for your living room furniture, look for a material that has a mix of natural and synthetic fabrics to achieve the practical properties of both, and if possible, bend-test a fabric swatch to make sure the weave looks tight and doesn’t. A tight knit will be more durable than a loose one, which leaves a lot of room for dirt to hide, regardless of the material.

7. Add a color line. You can create a beautiful space without the vibrant hues, but adding some color to a living room can go a long way in creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere.


When in doubt, look for a cheerful blue – it’s usually a hue that anyone can agree with. It contrasts warm elements like leather and wood perfectly and feels neutral enough to work with other future accent colors.

8. Add a patterned rug. Pattern is a powerful design tool that infuses a living room with energy and minimizes the appearance of stains or wear. A patterned rug provides these benefits to the floor – anchoring a seating area at the same time, giving the entire room a sense of life. Even if you already have rugs, consider adding a rug to your living area.

9. Choose movable tables and stools. Light tables, stools, ottomans and even easily movable side chairs make a living room so much more comfortable, giving you and your family many options on a daily basis to put your feet up, have a drink or even some extra seating. Use a few small pieces, such as the upholstered stool seen here, to allow moving parts closer and further away from the main seats as needed.

10. Consider speaking distances. No matter how big your living room is, there is a limit to how big a seating group can be, and it still makes sense for intimate conversation and casual gatherings. A good distance between seats to facilitate conversation is about 2 meters, so if you have several sofas or a sofa and side chairs, the seating area should be 2 meters or 1 meter in diameter from the center.

A large, 12-seater sectional sofa might look great and be perfect for a party, but if you want to create a cozy living room, it’s usually best to use fewer, smaller seating pieces and push them a little closer.

11. Don’t take it too seriously. A living room is a great space to embrace thoughtful disorder, such as an artistic gallery wall, mix-and-match pillows, open storage baskets, and fun furnishings like this tent-inspired tent.