Decorating Your Living Room

The living room is the first that people see when they usually enter your home. It is also one of the largest rooms in your home. Many of my clients find this room the most difficult to decorate. As in any room, decorating your living room requires that you instill balance and harmony between physical objects such as furniture and art and key structural features such as walls and windows. And while it’s certainly a big task, you will find that once your living room is aesthetically decorated, you will love the results!

Ready to get to work? Keep reading to learn our seven best tips for decorating your living room.

Choose Color and Style

1.Get Inspired

Do you have a favorite piece of artwork that you would like to use as your inspiration piece when decorating your living room? Start with a vision. Have you looked in magazines or on social media sites or on blogs for your ideas? Start thinking about what you really love and how you want the space to feel. Pay attention to spatial layouts, paint colors, and decor. Save the images that really speak to you and try to define what it is that you like so much about them. This provides you with a great point of reference as you start decorating your living room, and once you get started the ideas will continue for what you want to achieve.

Furniture Placement

2. Plan Your Living Room Layout

One of the most important aspects of decorating your living room is furniture layout. Do this before you get to things like painting and hanging window treatments. You’re going have to consider the size of your furniture and the dimensions of your space to do a proper layout, but this step shouldn’t be overlooked. Start with the largest piece, which in the case of a living room is most likely going to be your sofa . Consider the focal point in the room as well and position the furniture to showcase it. Once you know where the largest piece is going to go, you can start to arrange your other items. Make sure that there’s a flow to the space, including a clear traffic pattern throughout the room.

Wall Color Changes the Look

3. Choose Your Paint Color

While the paint color that you choose for your living room should depend on your personal preferences, it’s a good idea to stay with neutrals like sage or gray if you want to keep paint color to a minimum. This will keep the room comfortable and relaxing. Bold colors like red or orange will add energy to the room. So, if you want the space to be a relaxing place to wind down, stay with the neutrals.

The living room is also a core space within your home and sets the tone for how your space is perceived. Neutrals ensure it doesn’t come off as too over the top, while also leaving you plenty of opportunity to bring personality and color to the space with art and accents. For help selecting paint colors, look to color theory as well as the visual inspiration that you’ve gathered for your decorating project.

Any Style and Color

4. Add an Area Rug to Your Living Room

Rugs add color, texture and style to a room as well as acoustic value. Even your carpeted living room may benefit from an area rug. If you have an open floor plan, a rug can also be a great choice for creating a clearly designated living room area. Just be sure to choose your rug wisely, in terms of both size and style. An area rug that is too small will look unbalanced in your living room and will disrupt flow of the space.

Likewise, an area rug that is too large will dwarf the rest of the items in the room and make them appear smaller than they really are. However, as a rule of thumb, go larger rather than smaller for the right look. Measure your space to be sure your rug is the right fit. Area rugs are the perfect choice to complete the look of a room.

Splashes of Color

5. Experiment with Texture and Color

A living room has so much potential when it come to design. Go for decor items that speak to your personality and vary in texture and color. Start with a live edge console table, or a couple of painted end tables. Another way to add texture and color is to layer these elements on your sofa with colorful pillows and a throw. Continue to add color and texture in your wall art and accessory items that you choose for the room.

In addition, add a few colorful books and some green plants to a shelving unit to draw attention to the space. Just be careful not to overcrowd the it in appearance. The overall look of your living room should be one that is balanced with texture and color.

Live or Faux-Both Will Work

6. Bring in the Biophilia

Biophilia is the innate tendency to connect with nature. So be sure to bring the outdoors in by adding a floor plant to an empty corner of your living room or a potted plant on the coffee table. Plants add dimension and color and have health benefits, too, such as decreasing stress and helping to purify the air. If live plants are not your thing, don’t worry. Faux greenery and flowers have come a long way and can add the same great look to your living room without requiring any maintenance aside from an occasional dusting.

Wall Art as a Focal Point

7. Choosing Artwork for Your Living Room

When it comes to artwork, choose what you love. It could be a framed picture, an unusual object that has special meaning, or a colorful canvas. The organization and placement of the artwork is important. Experiment with a collage or massing items together by arranging them on the floor first before hanging them on the wall. Its a good idea to start with a section and work your way out from there. In addition, you can add visual variation through different texture and colors, mixing and matching frames and adding things like shelves or hanging plants to break up the space.


Decorating your living room is a big job that requires a lot of thought and organization, and one that’s worth doing right! If you are having difficulty with the vision you’re after go back to the inspirational images that you saved and look for ideas or guidance. You can also get in touch with CH Interior Designs to get a professional opinion on what you should do with your space. When all the painting, hanging, and furniture arranging (and re-arranging) is done, you’ll be endowed with a space that you love to be in and that was worth the thought and effort.

Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber-Interior Designer
CH Interior Designs