The 7 Rules of Living Room Design

Living room design can be a breeze: follow our simple guide to create a super comfy living space in your home!

Rule #1: Work within the Room’s Proportion & Scale

When selecting your new furniture, make sure to take your living room’s size into consideration. Ensure all pieces are in proportion with the space; for example, a super chunky sofa with a tall backrest may look a little out of place in a room with a low ceiling. Use our awesome guide to Selecting the Right Furniture for inspiration!

Keep all the pieces in your new living room decorating scheme in proportion with the space. This will help keep the room light, airy and aesthetically pleasing. Pictured: Zanui’s Loop Entertainment Unit. 

Rule #2: Decide on a Colour Scheme

Take the time to set a clear colour scheme for your new living room: you can select one colour and layer varying shades of it around the space, or go for a few different, complimentary colours to scatter about. The example below makes use of varying shades of blue to create a soft contrast with the whites and neutrals of the scheme.

Pottery Barn Makeover
This beautiful small living area has been expertly decorated to make the best use of the available space. A layered blue colour scheme creates a striking yet soothing atmosphere.

Rule #3: Keep Furniture Raised off the Floor

Make sure your new living room is easy to maintain. Avoid gathering dust, pet hair and dirt under your furniture by ensuring any new pieces are slightly raised off the floor, just enough to be able to comfortably sneak a vacuum or broom under there; especially relevant for those with allergies or asthma. This will also help in creating a light and airy decorating scheme by not weighing down the look of your living room with clunky furniture.

As a general rule of thumb: The more of the floor you can see, the larger the room will look!

This super comfy sofa bed is slightly raised off the floor, allowing just enough space to comfortably get under thereto clean. Visit Zanui for more info.

Rule #4: Consider Other Forms of Seating

If seating is limited in your living room but you don’t have the option of adding a larger sofa or extra armchairs, consider other seating options such as beanbags, ottomans, small stools or floor cushions. These pieces will not only add some extra casual seating but will also add to your overall decorating scheme, providing extra pops of colour and layers of texture.

An ottoman will not only provide added seating but will compliment your overall decorating scheme. Pictured: Zanui’s Scottsdale Ottoman.

Rule #5: Mix it Up With Soft Furnishings!

Soft furnishings such as curtains, cushions and throws are the perfect way to introduce pattern, warmth, colour and texture in your living room. These items also have the added bonus of being easily (and cheaply!) swapped out if you grow tired of them or when trends change, allowing you the freedom to mix it up every once in a while!

Morgan & Finch Striped Tassel Throw
Throws and cushions can easily and cost effectively be swapped around as seasons and trends change, creating a new look in your living space! Image credit

Rule #6: Layer Your Textures

Create a sense of harmony in your new living room by layering different textures: think soft fabrics, luxurious furs, metallics, glass, timber, etc. Layering your textures injects your space with colour, character and intrigue.

Mongolian Lambswool Faux Throw
These luxurious faux wool throws create a fabulous, soft contrast with the other textures presented in this example. Metallics, soft fabrics and timber floorboards all work together to create a harmonious look. Image credit

Rule #7: Incorporate Hidden Storage

An all too common issue in our homes is the ongoing need for extra storage! As a result, we cram as much as we possibly can wherever we can, leading to a cluttered, dreary vibe in the home! Try to incorporate concealed storage options in your new living room design: Lidded baskets, storage ottomans, even trunk-style coffee tables as shown in the example below.

A Vintage/Industrial decorating scheme features prominently in this living room. The unique Stateroom Trunk Coffee Table is a fabulous solution to keep the clutter out of sight!
The 7 Rules of Living Room Design
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