How to Decorate Your Living Room

Your living room is the heart of your home. You probably spend more time hanging out in your living room than anywhere else, which is why it’s so important that you have a cozy, inviting, and stylish space. The design and function of your living room will depend a lot on the usage of that space as well as the lifestyle you’re looking to highlight. That being said, there are still some universal components that you need to keep in mind if you are thinking about how to decorate your living room.

Color Scheme and Layout

There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who can see their finished living room before even getting started and those who figure it out as they go. Regardless of the category you fall under, it’s safe to say we can all agree that a color palette and preferred layout is a must. Are you going for cool colors or warm? Modern or contemporary colors? The options are endless, but defining your color scheme ahead of time will make for a much more seamless process.

The color palette of your living room should largely go along with the color schemes in the other spaces in your home like your dining room and kitchen. It doesn’t necessarily have to be exactly the same – but it shouldn’t be the total opposite either! Whatever color scheme you choose, also make sure to incorporate a range of different colors to add depth and excitement to the room. Some living room color schemes that we are loving right now are:

  • Light greys, off whites, and bold colors for a formal modern lifestyle
  • Whites, beiges, and natural tones for a casual natural lifestyle
  • Stones, greys, and bolds for an urban industrial lifestyle

The same is true for layout. Knowing where you want to place your anchor pieces and where you want your focus in the living room to be will be a huge defining moment in the steps to follow. Don’t feel like you have to decide all at once. Play around with the layout possibilities.

It’s always a good idea to have a floor plan in mind before shopping for pieces to make sure that you buy everything you need in the correct proportions, but it’s also nice to switch things up and be able to rearrange things if you need to. Generally speaking, your sofa or sectional should face the main wall with a large feature like a television or a fireplace. You should have a coffee table in front of the sofa, along with end tables on the sides. Perpendicular to the main sofa or sectional is where you can put a loveseat or accent chairs. All of these pieces should be anchored together with a nice area rug.

Select Anchor Products

Perhaps the most important thing in a living room is the anchor pieces. They are the focal point of the room and the furniture that the room gets is built around. Every room should have it’s own anchor products, but for the living room, more times than not, it’s the seating. After all, you’re in there to live and you don’t want to be standing up all the time!

You will need to assemble a variety of comfortable and stylish seating options for your family and your guests. If you have pets or kids, you will need to keep this in mind while selecting your living room seating. You will want to find appropriate upholstery and structure that is easily cleaned and isn’t easily damaged so that you can enjoy your furniture for a long time!

Depending on the lifestyle you’re going for and the architecture and surroundings of your space, there are certain accents and features you’ll want to incorporate into your anchor piece:

  • In a formal modern space, luxury sofas with cushioned upholstery or perfect symmetry bring sophistication and seamlessness to the room
  • In a casual natural space, look for more casual seating, including slipcovered sofas in light, natural tones with soft materials that speak comfort
  • In an urban space, leather or grey tones are iconic, especially with a mid-century inspired sofa with wood finishes

Here are some of the seating area options that you should consider for your living room:

  • Sectional: Sectionals are super popular these days, and it’s easy to see why! Sectionals are built for comfort and functionality. They are great to lounge around on and watch a movie with friends and family – since there is definitely enough space! Some sectionals are modular which means that they can be arranged in different layouts depending on what you are using them for--always consider the usage of your space.
  • Sofa: If you are looking for a more traditional seating option for your living room, you really can’t go wrong with a sofa. Although they aren’t as large or customizable as sectionals are, they can still be just as comfy! A regular sofa is a great option for smaller spaces that might not have enough room for a huge sectional. Plus, you can also find the chaise option on sofas as well for an amazing level of comfort.
  • Loveseat: If you are limited on space but need more seating for guests, then a loveseat might be a great option for you. Loveseats compliment sofas and can either match or coordinate with the larger sofa piece. A sofa and a loveseat can be arranged for maximum functionality and seating space to really make a great flow.
  • Accent chairs: The last seating option you should consider for your living room are accent chairs. Accent chairs are a great way to tie the whole space together while adding additional seating. They are also a great way to really show off your style and try out some fun designs and patterns.

Spruce it up

The next thing that you need to think about when decorating your living room is what can you add that will compliment your anchor piece. How can you start to spruce up the room? This is where the magic happens. While not as important as seating, surface pieces are still vital to making your space really work.

  • In a formal modern space, high finish tables and storage add to the refined taste of the rest of the room, with grey and dark wood finishes pairing perfectly with brass and nickel accents
  • In a casual natural space, natural and weathered tables and storage work particularly well, especially with lighter wood finishes and nature-inspired accents
  • In an urban space, you want to look for industrial-inspired pieces and warm, dark wood. Brass, bronze, and iron accents work very well here, too.

Here are some of the furniture pieces that you might need in your living room to compliment your anchor piece:

  • Coffee table: If you are actually going to be living in your living room, then coffee tables are essential. A coffee table acts as a place to put things like food and drink during movie night, TV remotes, reading books, coasters, etc. You can also make it stylish with things like trays, flowers, bowls, candles, and more!
  • End tables: End tables are another important surface in your living room. Not only are they nice for function and style like coffee tables are, but you can even incorporate lighting as well to brighten up your space.
  • Cabinets/Console tables: Finally, cabinets and consoles are essential in living rooms that are centered around the television. It’s best to find a piece that offers storage for all of your technology and ensures that there aren’t any unsightly wires hanging around.

Decor and Lighting

Now to the part that inspires most people to start decorating their living room on the first place- The decor and lighting. The decor and lighting you place in your living room are bound to set the tone. It’s important to show off your style, but not go overboard as you don’t want to clutter.

Wall Decor

Moving past the functional living room decorating ideas to the more stylish ones, no one wants a living room with bare white walls. You need to find several pieces of wall art to really spice up your living room and give it an inviting vibe. Here are some different wall design ideas that we love for living rooms:

  • Canvases
  • Mirrors
  • Word prints
  • Metal pieces
  • 3-D pieces

The good news is that there aren’t any concrete rules for living room wall art so you can really let your creative side take over to make a space that inspires you. Pick pieces that catch your eye and complement each other – not everything has to be exactly the same color or material! We also love the rule of threes when it comes to living room wall art – three canvases, three small mirrors, or metal pieces really help to balance out the entire room.

Rugs

  • In a formal modern space, solid or graphical rugs work best among luxurious furniture pieces
  • In a casual natural space, shags and natural-colored and natural-textured rugs complement the casual feel of the room
  • In an urban space, graphical and shag rugs pair well with the metal and wood furniture pieces

Living room rugs are essential to soften up the space and tie everything together. Without a rug, the room will feel cold and unconnected. That’s why we recommend that all of the main pieces of furniture in the living room (sofa, loveseat, accent chair, coffee table) are connected to the rug in some way. Rugs can be plain, neutral, patterned, or bold – it all depends on your own style preferences! Also, be sure to keep the color and material in mind if you have pets and/or children to ensure that the rug doesn’t get too dirty or can be easily cleaned.

Lighting

  • In a formal space, crystal and brass chandeliers add to the sophistication without overdoing the feel, with polished lamps serving as perfect accents
  • In a casual natural space, anything with that organic touch in lighter tones works well
  • In an urban space, bronze and brass chandeliers go well with the industrial-inspired theme, with industrial lamps working well on table tops

Lighting is vital in any space but is even more so in the living room that encompasses so many different functions and activities. You will be reading, watching movies, playing games, talking with friends, and so much more all in your living room! So you will need lighting options that are diverse and adjustable so that you can change the lighting based on the activity. Here are some different lighting light fixtures that you should include in your living room:

  • Table lamps on end tables
  • Floor lamps
  • Wall sconces
  • Ceiling lights ranging from chandeliers, pendant lights, and recessed lights

It’s always a good idea to incorporate a variety of different lighting sources from great companies like Groms to ensure a bright and balanced room.

Accessories

Now that we have all the living room basics down, it’s time to talk about accessories! This is one area that you can really have fun with and incorporate your style with unique pieces. Some living room accessories are functional, while others are simply nice to look at. Either way, here are some accessories that you need in your living room to really complete an amazing space:

  • Window treatments
  • Blankets and throw pillows
  • Plants and flowers
  • Personal photos
  • Candles

Style

Similar to color schemes, the style of your living room should be similar to the style of the rest of your home decor. That being said, don’t be afraid to mix and match pieces to create a room that matches your personality. Just because you have a totally modern room doesn’t mean that you can’t throw in a couple of traditional touches in the accessories!

Our three main lifestyles are reflected in our three collections:

    • The Uptown Collection has just the right pieces to bring a formal yet modern feel to your living space. Streamlined and polished pieces radiate quality and craftsmanship, with luxurious accents and refined upholstery playing lead roles.
    • The Downtown Collection is all about urban living with midcentury influence. Aiming to make bold yet cool statements, industrial themes play with muted colors and raw materials like metals and woods to epitomize the contemporary concept.
    • The Hamptons Collection aims to breathe comfort with elegance. Natural materials paired with a lighter color palette help make the room feel relaxed, with detailed upholstery to add a touch of refinement without suffocating the tranquility that the furniture sets the mood for.

Now that you’re equipped with everything you need to know to design a stylish, comfortable, and functional living room -- you can get to work! Remember to create a room that fits the space, works with the rest of your home, fits your needs, and reflects your unique style. That way, you will be able to truly enjoy spending time in your living room for years to come.