21 Living Room Decorating Secrets


If you could only choose one room in your home to put your heart and soul into designing, the living room should top the list. It’s your most public space. You greet company, entertain friends, and hang with the family. It’s that space that sets the tone for your entire decorating style. Sure, you can count on the sofa, the coffee table, and a few additional seating options. But the room needs to be personalized through decorative touches. Here’s some inspiration.

1-Remove Unneeded Objects and Furniture

Stand in the doorway of your living room and get a sense of how the energy feels in the room. Does it feel fresh and welcoming or old and stale? Are there too many books? Is there too much furniture? You want to make sure that your living room isn’t cluttered with too many unnecessary objects. Make sure there is ample room to relax and think.

2-Minimize Walkways

It’s going to be more difficult to relax in your living room if you have walkways in between your furniture and have people walking in front of you on their way to elsewhere in your home. If your living room shape, size and location demands this kind of set up, it’s better for you to place your furniture in small groups on either side of a single walkway so that you are not constantly disturbed by passersby.

3-Define Your Living Room Space

Does your living room work double-duty as a front entry? Keep the two separated and well-defined by lining one wall with wallpaper with a welcoming pattern, and keeping the living room furniture appropriated to an area rug.

4-Use Shelving Creatively

Designate an area to feature your choice titles. Decorators often suggest using low shelving units in your living room, especially if you have a small space. More space? Then you can indulge in taller shelving units. Remember, you don’t want to feel overwhelmed by shelving or have it take up a huge amount of space – that will only make your living room feel even smaller. You can find a wide variety of shelving units in our collection of home accents and accessories.

5-The Right Window Treatments

If you’re not dressing your windows you’re missing an opportunity to make a real impact on your décor. An empty window space is incomplete. Dress your window frames with a set of drapes to maximize the height of the room, providing it with a simple yet elegant finish.

6-Coffee Table Style

Place your coffee table by your couch. Most decorators recommend placing your coffee table in front of your couch, as you are more likely to sit there than any other place in your living room Your coffee table has the effect of grounding the space and centering the conversation. A well-curated coffee table keeps all your essentials on hand – minus the clutter. Stick to things like your favourite books, vases, or trays. No, the remote control does not count as an essential. Get ideas for your home by browsing through the extensive collection of coffee tables carried by Thompson Brothers Furniture .

7-Pick Your Wall Décor Carefully

Make sure that the paintings or photos that you have hanging on your living room walls are warm and inviting to look at. As for placement of your art – there are so many choices – a gallery of frames, one eye catching print, an oversized mirror. Choose to decorate with pieces that will make a statement about your style and tie together your décor.

8-Create An Accent Wall

Swathe one wall in a cheery wallpaper to warm your space. Choose a print that picks up other colors in the room, or a stunning solid colour if the rest of your room and furnishings are fairly neutral.

9-Don’t Give Your Television Centre Stage

If you have a television in your living room, don’t make it the centre of attention.

Your living room is for entertaining, good conversation and the exchange of ideas. You may want to place your television into an entertainment unit with doors so that you can keep it out of sight when you aren’t using it. If space allows, you might try placing your television in a corner of the room so the flow of the room is uninterrupted but where you can still enjoy your favourite show.

10-Add Pops of Colour

Neutral is nice, but you risk making your living room too bland if you’re not careful. You can offset a neutral palette with hints of an eye-catching hue. It’s the easiest way to give your living room an instant uplift.

11- Mix It Up

Throw caution to the winds and don’t be afraid to mix in a bunch of different patterns to create a lively look. To make colour selection easy for you, use this tip – Pick complimentary colors to guide your choice of accessories when shopping.

12-Colour Your Walls for Relaxation

Paint is the easiest way to add personality to a room. Make sure that the colour you choose is warm, comfortable and welcoming. White, earth tones or gentle pastel colours work well on living room walls. When you plan your decorating, think about what colours make you feel relaxed because that’s the feel you want to go for in your living room.

13-Add Side Tables Where Needed

A simple accent piece, such as a side table, doubles as a geographically-convenient spot for all the necessities for a little lounge time. Side tables can be conveniently re-arranged and moved about to change the look of your living room, or accommodate guests as needed. Looking for some ideas? You can browse our great selection of side tables and end tables for your living room.

14-Use Lots of Plants and Flowers

It’s great to have fresh plants in your living room. They freshen the air and clear away some of the electromagnetic fields that are generated by your television screen and other electronics. Fresh flowers represent new life and they look fabulous on a coffee table or sideboard.

15-Set Up A Reading Nook

Carve out a space in your living room where you can have a quiet moment and get some reading time. Place a cozy chair by a window or next to a bookshelf and be sure to provide ample light for late night page turning.

16-Load on Layers of Texture

Stimulate the senses in your living room decor with plenty of textures, such as these red-chevron patterned throw pillows, which complement the exposed red brick wall. The textured theme is carried through in the textured jute area rug and plush sofa upholstery. For additional touches of texture, you might consider a luxurious cashmere throw.

17-Add Personal Touches

Inject your personality into your living room through the clever use of colour and the inclusion of quirky or unusual items. Dedicate some space for an edited assortment of pieces that reflect your personality and throw some favorite framed photos into the mix as well.

18-Use Light Fixtures Creatively

There is a lot that you can do with lighting and little lighting goes a long way. If you don’t have a ton of natural light, you can brighten your living room with recessed or track lighting or cleverly placed table and floor lamps. You can also create many different lighting effects using dimmers.

19-The Right Seating Arrangement

Small space. Large space. It’s important to think about the shape and size of your room and its function. Furniture arrangement does matter. Arrange your furniture according to how you will be using your space. For example, position your couch under an oversized window to allow the sunlight and outdoor scene to be the focal point of an otherwise neutral room.

20-Create an Office Space

You can create a cozy home office space in your living room that’s big on style. Instead of a traditional desk chair (that would look out of place in your living room) choose a living room chair that looks good facing both your desk and the rest of your living room space.

21-Dare to Be Different

Finally, dare to be bold. Being stylish and tasteful doesn’t mean you have to decorate in shades of beige. Don’t be afraid to express your uniqueness and your personality, no matter how bold or quirky. For example, this formal living room shows off pops of Kelly green, bright golds, and graphic prints to make a statement that is cohesive but far from boring.

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