When decorating a living room, one of the biggest and most important challenges is deciding what type of seating to use. Should you get a sofa, a large sectional, two sofas, a sofa and two chairs or a bunch of armchairs? Maybe some ottomans and poufs would also work nicely. There are a lot of possible furniture arrangements to choose from. Chairs are tricky because they’re a bit difficult to work with. In addition, with so many different designs and styles to choose from, finding the right look is never easy.
Pick your living room chairs based on the style chosen for the rest of the room. In a modern living room, stylish chairs like the Eden or Mag can add a sculptural touch to the decor. Their designs are simple but also a bit eye-catching thanks to the unexpected shapes. Depending on how the rest of the room is decorated, these chairs can either blend in or stand out.
It’s important for the chairs and sofa to be comfortable. So collections such as the Ghost are great options. They’re dressed in luxurious fabric and look and feel very cozy and comfortable. Choose brocade fabric for a stand out look or the simpler white linen version for a clean and fresh look.
Armchairs such as this one from the Ungaro Home collection are perfect for cozy reading nooks. The shape of the chairs allows multiple comfortable seating positions, especially when paired with a matching footstool or ottoman. For increased comfort, add more accent pillows.
Designs such as Jill can make wonderful accent chairs for living room decors that look and feel inviting. In fact, the design is versatile and simple enough to also look beautiful in other settings such as in a bedroom or home office.
A living room chair can be a source of color for this space. In fact, chairs in general can fulfill this role in a lot of stylish ways. The possibilities are numerous. One option is to choose one or more accent chairs in the selected accent color for that particular room. Another idea is to consider pieces such as the Joya armchair that add more than color to the room.
When decorating a room, try to arrange the furniture in such a way to optimize face-to-face conversation. For example, have the sofa and chairs positioned one in front of the other, with a coffee table in between. This also applies when you’re only using chairs with no sofa or sectional in the picture. Ondaretta will offer you a few unique design options in this case.
One of their most stylish pieces is the Bai chair which is available in various models and colors, including a version with a swivel base. Swivel chairs for living rooms are a practical option, although they often tend to look more casual than other models. They suit relaxed, modern spaces and can often also be used as desk chairs.
It’s important to maintain a comfortable distance between a chair and other furniture pieces in the room. The distance between a coffee table and a sofa or a chair should be somewhere between 14” and 18”.
The distance between two chairs or a chair and a sofa should be no more than 10 feet but no less than 3 feet. This way you can be sure you create a comfortable seating arrangement ideal for conversation while allowing everyone their privacy.
You can use furniture to divide a space. Of course, room dividers are always an option but chairs and sofas can be a great alternative. It’s possible to also use a room divider as a wall replacement if you want the living room chairs to have some sort of background behind them and to feel more comfortable.
Living room chairs can serve as focal points for the room. This role can also be performed by the coffee table, fireplace and lots of other features. If you want a chair to stand out, consider one that has an interesting color that contrasts with the rest of the decor, an interesting shape or consider positioning it in a corner or slightly away from other seating arrangements.
When organizing the seating in the living room, make sure you either place all the seating with the legs completely on or completely off the rug. Avoid having wobbling chairs or creating eyesores. This is something to consider before choosing the dimensions of the rug.
Make sure you leave enough space between the coffee table and the chairs so you and your guests won’t feel uncomfortable. Also, pay attention to the size ratio between the coffee table and the chairs or the sofa. Avoid big contrasts and ensure a cohesive and harmonious decor throughout.
Living room chairs are a great alternative when there’s not enough room for a sofa in the room or if you simply want to give the space a more airy and open feel. Chairs are also better than sofas or sections if you want to offer each person a little bit of intimacy.
Another detail to take into consideration when arranging the furniture in your living room is the distance between the side table and the chairs. Basically the chairs need to be close enough to the table to set down a drink without effort and without fearing you would knock it over by accident.
There’s a nice relationship between chairs and side tables. In a lot of cases, they complement each other in various ways. For example, a chair and a side table can feature complementary colors or shapes. Either of them could serve as an accent piece or even a focal point for the room.
Chairs and sectionals are also more practical than sofas in the sense that they allow multiple seating configurations and can be rearranged and re-positioned in a lot of different ways. This type of flexibility is preferred in certain cases, especially when you have an open floor plan or a flexible layout.
Unify a seating arrangement with an area rug. However, don’t forget about what we mentioned earlier about placing the chairs with all feet or no feet at all on the rug. This also applies to sofas, sectionals and tables. It’s a way to maintain a cohesive, organized and symmetrical look.
Make sure you leave at least three feet of walking space around the room. You want to be able to move around without bumping into furniture or having to avoid knocking over lamps, chairs, side tables and other things. You should also try to create a walkway of around 10” to 36”.
There are also plenty of other details to take into consideration when decorating and organizing a living room. The height of the artwork on the walls is one of them. Usually, artwork should be placed at eye level which means around 57” from the floor. However, take a moment to consider how the space will be used. If everyone will always be seated, you can bring the artwork down a little bit.
There are also plenty of decorating mistakes you should avoid making. For example, try to keep the entryway clear. This means avoiding placing furniture in that area that would cause discomfort. Don’t place chairs too close to the entryway or at an uncomfortable angle.
Of all the possible seating layouts that involve a sofa and accent chairs, three are the most popular. The rounded layout creates an intimate ambiance. In this case, the sofa and chairs are facing each other and the chairs are turned inward a little bit. This type of layout inspires conversation and looks very inviting.
Another popular option is the square-off layout where the sofa and the chairs face each other at right angles. The classical version includes a sofa and two chairs and variations are possible using more chairs that also occupy the sides. At the center is the coffee table.
The L-shape layout features the seating on two sides of the room. This a cozy and casual layout which can be created both with and without a sofa. Additional furniture pieces can be added. For example, a side table can occupy the space to the side of the sofa while a chair sits on the other side. The coffee table is not a must-have, although it ties things together nicely.
Avoid pushing all the furniture against the walls of the room. Pull the chairs and sofa out at least 12” from the wall to ensure a more relaxed and less formal ambiance. This design idea can be adapted for both small and spacious living rooms.
When choosing the side table for the living room or any other space, pay attention to its height. It should be no taller than the height of the arm of the chair and no lower than the height of the seat. It’s best to choose of these pieces, to measure it and then figure out what the best complementary piece would be for it. The ideal height for the side table is 3” shorter than the arm of the chair.
The shape and color of the side table are also important. For example, a side table with a round top could be a nice option for a living room that has chairs with rounded seats and backrests. This way the round top would highlight other similar features on existing furniture.
Use chairs to divide a large space. It’s easier to do this with robust armchairs like these ones. You can place two of these side by side to create a barrier between the seating are the adjacent dining space in the case of an open floor plan. You can also do this with a sofa.
Place furniture diagonally to make a small room look more spacious. Of course, this doesn’t apply to everything in a room but a chair placed diagonally in a corner of the room can really make a difference even if you think it’s not exactly the most efficient way to use that particular space.
If you think armchairs are too bulky and robust for your tiny room or you want to create a casual and relaxing ambiance, consider using poufs instead. Also, beanbag chairs can be a very fresh alternative as well. These too can be used in combination with a coffee table or a side table.
Be careful when positioning the TV in the living room. The height at which it’s placed is particularly important. The TV should be placed 30” above the lowest seat height in the room. So keep this detail in mind when purchasing chairs or if you already have a seating arrangement and you want to find the best spot for the TV.
You should also watch out for the lighting in the room. You don’t want table lamps to be knocked over easily or the floor lamps to shed light at uncomfortable angles. Take the time to try out every seat in the room and to figure out whether or not the lighting is sufficient and nicely placed throughout the room.
One of the biggest challenges when selecting the chairs or seating in general for the living room is finding the right balance between looks and comfort. Obviously, you want the furniture to be comfortable and to serve the function is was intended for. At the same time, it should look good in context.
Proportions are also important. An accent chair that’s small would look awkward in a room even if it has a really stylish design or a beautiful color. Think of each piece in relation to everything else in the room. This has to do with colors, dimensions, shapes, materials and everything else related to their designs.
Lounge chairs are sometimes preferred in living rooms because, well, they’re very comfortable. However, not all layouts and styles can adequately accommodate a lounge chair. You need to think of all the details before making a purchase. Think of where the chair will be placed and how it will be positioned in relation to the side table, coffee table, sofa and everything else.
Lounge chairs are usually a good option for reading corners. Similarly, beanbag chairs, love seats and floor pillows can be interesting options for a comfortable and cozy reading corner.