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.
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:
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.
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:
Here are some of the seating area options that you should consider for your living room:
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.
Here are some of the furniture pieces that you might need in your living room to compliment your anchor piece:
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.
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:
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.
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 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:
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.
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:
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:
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.