The living room is almost always the heart of every home. It’s the center of the social area, space where we welcome our guests and where we spend most of our free time while at home. It’s thus important for this room to be welcoming and to suit our needs. The living room setup is closely linked to each person’s lifestyle and aesthetic preferences. It’s easy to overcomplicate things and to want to include too many elements or to focus on too many details at once. These simple living room ideas might perhaps inspire you to seek a different approach.
The main piece of furniture in the living room is usually the sofa. This can also take the form of a couch, a sectional, a loveseat and so on depending on how much space you can dedicate to it and the overall layout of the room. Rather than complicating the space with unusual or original seating options, stick with the basics instead and focus on comfort.
Living rooms that have an elongated shape can be difficult to furnish. A clever and at the same time practical idea can be to create two or more seating areas that complement each other rather than trying to concentrate everything in one spot. This way you can have separate conversation areas but you’d still be allowing everyone to easily interact with each other.
Dividers are really great for living rooms, especially the ones with large open floor plans. They’re useful for creating visual separations between areas with different functions. For example, a divider can be placed between the seating area and the dining room. This one is made of glass which still allows the two spaces to remain visually connected.
Most often than not, the main focal point of the living room is the TV. Its placement is very important because it also pretty much dictates where the sofa and the rest of the seating should be. Be sure to place the TV at a proper height and distance based on the configuration of the seating area.
As mentioned before, organizing the living room into several smaller seating areas can sometimes be a good idea. Each can have a different configuration and can be used for slightly different purposes. For example, a small nook with a couple of armchairs and a side table can make a nice reading area.
It can also be nice to have a little one-person lounge area with an armchair and a footstool where one can sit down, unwind and relax. It’s something that you can add to a corner of the living room and use as a reading nook. You can also position this in such a way so you can watch the TV from your favorite seat.
Dark colors can be used strategically in a living room to create areas that feel warm and cozy. For instance, this lounge area has a nice corner sectional and dark brown walls as a backdrop. That creates a very intimate and comfortable ambiance. The mirrors are decorations meant to brighten up the area and make it seem bigger.
A lot of times what makes a living room truly feel welcoming and inviting is the little things. There’s a lot that can go into this category, like the more general elements such as the throw pillows and the cushions on the sofa. The area rugs and the window treatments also change a room quite a bit.
Rather than having a sofa that’s facing a wall, it could be nice to add more seating in front of it, like a couple of chairs or a pouf. These can sit there temporarily whenever you want to create a cozy conversation area and the wall behind them can still be a focal point.
The layout and the decor of the living room have to be in harmony. That also includes elements such as the color palette and all the different materials, finishes and textures. going crazy with lot of different contrasting elements can give the room a disorganized look and makes it feel less inviting and relaxing than a simpler decor would.
Filling the living room with lots of matching furniture pieces can end up looking overwhelming or dull. However, if used correctly, this design strategy can also help to make the room look and feel more pleasant by adding a sense of familiarity to it. Notice the subtle little details in this chic seating area setup like the golden tips of the tapered legs.
This living room setup takes simplicity to a new level. Rather than the typical sofa or sectional with padded backs and lots of cushions this space features sleek and stylish benches. The dark leather upholstery and the pattern add visual interest to the room and go really well with the blue and gold accents.
Versatility and flexibility are important when designing the living room. Ideally, this space could be used in several different ways. For example, it could be a place where you can sit down with some guests and chat, where you can play board games, watch TV, lounge and so on. Being able to easily switch the configuration of the room is very helpful.
Focus the lighting at the center of the sitting area is possible in order to create a pleasant and harmonious effect. That usually works if the room is large enough to have multiple light fixtures. In a small room, an offset chandelier can add a messy vibe to the space. You can also rely on lamps to complement the ceiling fixtures and to balance out the lighting.
Finding a suitable placement for the sofa is a big part of creating a harmonious and comfortable setup. A lot of times the sofa is pushed against one of the walls which is definitely space-efficient. If you want to try something a bit different and less common you can pull the sofa away from the wall a little bit and fit a table or some shelves back there.