Our living rooms are where we spend a lot of our time in the home. It’s where we relax and decompress after a long day at the office, where we entertain our guests, and where we spend quality family time. So it’s important to make your living room a comfortable and inviting space that reflects your style and values.
There are a million ways to create the perfect living room design, from picking and expertly arranging stylish furniture, choosing the perfect colour scheme, adding gorgeous greenery, and finding cool décor items.
This Style Guide will help you plan your living room, determine your own personal style, and incorporate it perfectly into your dream living space.
How to Style Your Living Room
There are many places to draw inspiration from, along with many themes and styles to choose from. You might be inspired by your coastal surroundings and want to bring that into your living room. Or perhaps you have a piece of Art Deco furniture you inherited that you want to make the centrepiece of your living room.
Deciding on a particular style will help you develop a design that is coherent and beautiful. But don’t be afraid to veer a little from the prescribed style and really make your living room your own.
Below, we’ve listed just a few popular contemporary styles. You can follow these designs down to the letter, or you can draw inspiration from them. Just make sure to add your own little twist. Individuality is always in vogue!
The Modern Contemporary style is very popular in most interior designs magazines. Its easy and casual atmosphere is perfect for those who like design but value function over form.
Modern Contemporary is defined by its neutral palette and natural elements and materials. Furniture of this style has hard angles and edges, but these details are softened by gentle textures.
The Modern Contemporary colour scheme can add a level of sophistication to your space. For an up-to-date look, incorporate colours into your furniture, and leave walls a crisp white.
Mid-Century Modern has a true retro charm. With its simple lines, minimalist designs, and beautifully chic look, Mid-Century Modern furniture has seen a resurgence in popularity.
Mid-Century Modern is defined by ergonomic shapes, geometric patterns, and natural materials. Take your inspiration from old Bond movies or Mad Men.
This style can be full of personality, incorporating pops of colour that can give your living room a playful twist. With the right colours and décor, you can design your Mid-Century Modern living room to suit your style.
Whether you are a Francophile or not, the French Provincial style is undeniably beautiful. It’s modelled on the lavish and impressive furnishings common in 18th century French chateaux.
French Provincial furniture is true luxe. It’s often recognisable from its rich, tufted fabrics and dark woods. This ornate furniture is also particularly known for its attention to detail.
Its handsome, muted colours and fine linens convey a refined sense of style – in French Provincial, you’ll find comfort and elegance can coexist.
True Scandinavian décor is defined by its light woods and interesting but simple designs. If you’re looking for a style that is fresh and clean, the Scandinavian design style is perfect for you.
A Scandinavian style sofa looks best in a room filled with bright, natural light. Subdued colours, indoor plants and natural elements perfectly complement the natural woods of the Scandinavian furniture.
How to Furnish Your Living Room
After you have decided on a design style, you will need to determine what living room furniture you need.
Consider how many seats you will need in your living room. Think about how many people live in your home and how many guests you tend to entertain. You’ll want to be sure you’ve got seating options for everyone.
Don’t go overboard, especially if your living room is a little cosy. You can always provide your guests with temporary seating if need be.
If your living room is large, think about making two entertaining spaces. Perhaps a larger modular sofa arranged in a way to promote conversation, while a separate area with a smaller sofa is available for relaxing.
Your living room furniture doesn’t have to match. However, your mismatched sofas and armchairs should at least complement each other. Just make sure you’ve chosen matching colours, or items from the same design style.
To save yourself unnecessary time and effort, create a floor plan before you actually move your furniture it.
Furniture pieces for your living room are all about comfort and convenience. Consider combining stylish sofas and armchairs with a plush ottoman or two, a sleek coffee table, and some storage options.
Shelving should house only items you love and want on display, while a chic sideboard will help you declutter your space.
How to Choose a Living Room Colour Scheme
Choosing a colour scheme can be difficult, especially if your artistic eye is limited. Luckily there are plenty of resources to make choosing a colour palette easier.
Pantone provides a Colour of the Year, along with Fashion Colour Reports for each season. You can use their resources to find interesting colour palettes, or consider classic colour schemes if you don’t plan on changing your décor for a while.
You can incorporate your colour scheme into your furniture, walls, rugs and artwork. Don’t feel obligated to paint the walls, as colourful flourishes provided by artwork or tapestries can sometimes be enough.
Contemporary design often uses white walls or neutral tones as a background, with beautifully coloured sofas or accent chairs and fantastic coloured focal points, such as cushions and indoor plants, to provide the focal points.
Neutral wall colours are timeless and allow you to change up your furniture and adornments far more easily. However, if you want something a little different, dark coloured walls give your living space an intimate atmosphere. Couple your dark grey walls with coloured furniture for a dramatic accent.
Mid-Century Modern design encourages the use of bright colours accompanied by natural materials. If you don’t mind being a little daring, try matching an accent wall colour with your lounge set.
Don’t Forget about Textures
Everyone considers colours when planning their living rooms, but textures are just as important and often overlooked.
Layered textures add sophistication to any room, so consider mixing up smooth, rough, fuzzy, etc.
Natural textures like timber or rugs help to lighten a living room, while exposed brick can offer a beautiful industrial texture, and help transform your space.
How to Decorate Your Living Room
So you have your furniture, you’ve arranged it to your liking, and you’ve added your pops of colour. It’s time for the final touches.
Pick and choose your favourite ornaments to put on display. Find gorgeous knick-knacks that suit your living room’s design style, but also reflect something of your passions or personality.
Indoor plants will freshen up your living space, as well as helping to purify the air. Don’t forget cushions either, which will add comfort to your lounge room.
Remember, you want your living room to be an inviting space. A space where you can entertain your guests and you can relax after a long day. Most of all, you want it to be a place you feel truly at home. Browse our designer furniture range today to revitalise your living space.