Five Top Living Room Design Tips

Do you want to improve the design of your living room to ensure it looks better and more attractive. These tips are here to help you do just that – take a look.

  1. Focus on the Room’s Positives

Start by making a list of the room’s strong points. Is there a fireplace? Do you have French windows? Or, do you like the sunny aspect of the room? You can plan your room scheme to highlight these features. Then consider the elements you don’t like and try to remove them or minimize their impact on the space.

  1. Remove Obstacles

You can increase your layout options by making changes to fittings and fixtures. You may want to rehang a door or remove a door altogether to allow access to an unused corner.

You may even have some power points or TV sockets moved, if necessary. This means you won’t be tied to a particular layout. Moving the radiator can free up some wall space. You can switch to a panelled one. The vertical models don’t take up as much floor space.

  1. Storage is a Priority

If you want a contemporary look, avoid having separate pieces of furniture. Instead, keep everything in one place. You can get furniture that’s made-to-measure so that it fits the wall. This furniture can fit everything, including your media and TV equipment.

You can adapt modular furniture to suit your lifestyle and the room’s layout. Ikea has an online planner that can help you create a furniture arrangement that works. If you have space is available, you could also include a small desk with drawer files. This makes the perfect study area.

  1. Pick the Right Layout

Rectangular Rooms

If two rooms have been knocked into one room, you may have more than one focus point. This is a common pitfall when it comes to arranging your furniture. This layout can make a room feel like a corridor rather than a comfortable living space.

You can minimize the appearance of a long room by placing seating across it. Put two sofas on opposite sides of each other. You can also create a casual look by using a sofa and two chairs. The rules for creating symmetry, according to interior designer Louise McCarthy is to try to find a balance between the size and number of furniture pieces and then find ways to position them away from the walls.


An L-shaped living room gives the feeling of being in two separate rooms. The main area of the space should be used for seating. You should use the same rule as the rectangular room when creating the layout. If the room is large, you should consider using each section for a separate function.

For example, the formal seating area may be placed in the main part of the room. Then, you can use the smaller part of the room for TV watching and relaxation. You can integrate the two sections by using a small chair at the corner or a circular table. You can bring the corner forward using wallpaper, a mirror or greenery.


If there’s no focal point, a square room can feel featureless and boxy. If the room is large, placing two or three armchairs with the sofa can help create a versatile mix and break up the symmetry. Alternatively, you can position your seating at right angles. The furniture pieces can face each other or you they can face a fireplace or television placed in the opposite corner or wall.

Small Room

If your space is tight, you may want to try a sofa with a single chair or two sofas using an L-shaped configuration. You should choose seating that has a slim back and narrow arms that don’t take up space. A corner sofa can be placed against a wall, however, make sure to measure the space carefully because a corner unit can be quite large.

Instead of a coffee table, you should consider an occasional table or storage unit placed at either side of the sofa. This can help keep the center of the room open. Place the TV on a low-level piece of furniture or on the wall. This will give you addition space on the wall for storage.

Don’t Let the Television Dominate the Room

You may be tempted to get that 70-inch screen, but don’t get it if it means you won’t be able to fit your sofa in. If there is a fireplace in the room, it should be the focal point, so place your television in a recess or alcove.

If you have a small room, you can mount the television on the wall which can minimize it’s impact. The television should be at eye level when you are seated, but should not be lower than 120cm from your floor. You also want to minimize the amount of light that reflects off the screen, but you want to make sure there is enough light to prevent eye strain.