How to Decorate Your Living Room Like a Pro

Greige Blue Living Room with Transitional Decor Staircase Millwork

How to Decorate Your Living Room Like a Pro

No matter what your décor, budget or personal tastes, you can easily turn your hodge-podge of living room furnishings and accents into a space that looks as if it was done by an interior design pro. Below tips on how to decorate your living room like a pro.

As we often say, function is more important than form. Start your interior design adventure by determining what your living room is for. Is it a place for an intimate gathering of friends and family? Do you entertain a large group of guests regularly? Is it a place to simply relax and kick back?

The answer will determine the layout of the room. If you entertain a lot, then you want your space to be more open so guests can flow freely around the room without bumping into furniture. If you host more intimate groupings, then you want to arrange your furniture to promote conversation.

Tip #1. Select furniture that matches your needs

Family room with loveseat and wood shelving boho look

Once you know the function of the room, it is time to work on form. Choose new furniture, refurbish your old furniture or have us design and build exactly what you want. You can pick from inviting sofas and loveseats, to statement pieces like a built-in entertainment center.

If you entertain a lot, consider going with groupings of furniture or pieces that can be easily moved around the room, perhaps a bar cart or a built-in dry bar. If it is just family and friends, go with a large sectional grouping so you can all sit together in comfort and style and a nice built-in fireplace for focal point.

Walnut round nesting tablesCream tufted button 3 seat modern sofa with roller arms

Tip #2. Use color intelligently

Caviar Black Paneling for Contemporary Bathroom Wall

Caviar by Sherwin Williams

The right colors can really make a living room come to life. Choose wall colors that complement your furnishings.  For interior wall paint, we love neutral colors like Agreeable Gray from Sherwin Williams or White Dove  from Benjamin Moore for a soft and subtle background; then top it off with accent colors for your accessories.

Paint color by Sherwin Williams Agreeable GrayWhite Dove by Benjamin Moore

Contrary to popular belief, a dark color makes a room appear larger, not smaller and the good news is, as you read in my post 5 Top Interior Decor Trends in 2023 , bold moody palettes are taking the center stage this year. Thus, for darker wall colors, I love Caviar by Sherwin Williams .  Use subtle accessories and/or few bold accessories.

Tip #3. Let it shine

Custom White and Blue Built-in Entertainment Center and Stone Accent Wall

Custom Built-in Entertainment Center by Flippin’ Rustic

A good way to add some space to your living room is to go with reflective surfaces for tables, fixtures and lighting. White cabinets are terrific for this, particularly if they have glassed doors. The same is true with lighting. A lamp with a glass shade can make the room look bigger than it is.


Tip #4 – Use rugs as décor

White wood paneling with layered rugs rustic transitional furniture for a decorated living room

Source: West Elm

If you have a really large open space, consider breaking it into smaller areas. The easiest way to do this is to use area rugs. Though it seems odd at first, an area rug cannot only be used on wood or tile floors, but on wall-to-wall carpeting as well. When using an area rug to define a space, be sure that the furnishings either rest on the carpet or touch the edges visually. I particularly like layering rugs, try using a neutral rug like this Woven Jute Rug and layer it with another rug of your choice.

Tip #5 – Work your way out from there and make it yours

Luxury Living Room with a Fireplace

Once you have the large pieces of furniture set to your liking, it’s time to add end tables, coffee tables and other secondary furnishings to your grouping.  Next, it’s time for the accents: lamps, vases, plants, etc.

Finally, add decorative details like photos of your favorite memories and artwork so that it complements the room’s new look and has a touch of you.

After painting and changing the layout, you may find that some of your art is out of place. Look in your other rooms to see if a different piece would look better.

Above all, have fun with your redecorating project. Once you have the furniture you like, the rest can be changed easily down the road with just a few cans of paint and some artistic touches.

Good luck in your decorating journey! We hope you found these tips helpful in transforming your living room into a space you love. For more inspiration and ideas, follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Don’t hesitate to reach out HERE if you have any questions or need further assistance. Happy decorating!”