Mantel Mount | March 25, 2024

10 Decorating Tips for Your Living Room

On many occasions, one would want to see some small or significant changes in their living room, no matter how heavy or light the decor is. The living room is so aptly-named since it is where most of the events take place, where life happens. 

It could be the place where the life of the party exists when you have guests over, the place where you’d want to cozy up in a warm blanket in the corner of the couch on a Sunday morning, make lunch plans with your gals, or binge shows on your television throughout the day. 

The living room is also the first place where the eyes land when anybody comes home. 

The living room is the space that can magically transform the house by breathing in more light, through luxurious folds of the curtains, and also where one can uncover all their design experiments. These experiments — like utilizing some home theater hacks to make your living room part of an experience, adding some color to the walls, adding more mirrors to lighten the room (because who doesn’t need some living room lighting tips from time to time?), or finding some extra space for storage so that one can easily clear the mess lying around — help make the living room the center of the home. 

When people living in the house have these extraordinary visions of bringing great designer schemes into the living space, it can be hard to figure out where to begin. 

Whether our living room tips include updating the flooring, walls, decor, or other areas of the living room, the joy found in transforming the living room is knowing that you’re making it your own little oasis. And keep in mind that these decorating tips for your living room aren’t just subscribed to that one room in your home; use these tips to revolutionize your bedroom, kitchen, or office space.

Flooring

In the living area, use flooring effectively to keep traffic moving, especially in a living room that has more than one door. Keep paths clear of obstacles and direct traffic around the seating, not into it, while understanding how people move about the room, and, consequently, moving or switching up any large items (i.e. couches) to prevent blocking the flow. 

For the living room flooring area, attention should be given to placing rugs in the correct spot. Using two rugs can unify the zones, while also adding a layer of texture. Want to break up the wood flooring — in an aesthetic way? Using rugs or tilework — a more work-intensive option is through creating a difference in materials — are great ways to act as a buffer between the furniture and floor in your living room.

Lighting

For living room lighting tips, this is where you’ll need to focus: 

Natural Lighting

Invite more natural light into the room by keeping the furniture from blocking windows and room entrances. The clear windows create the illusion of depth by connecting a room with the outdoors.

Keep in mind, when taking into consideration all of your decorating tips for your living room (or again, your bedroom, office, or another space), where the television is placed.

Having a MantelMount pull down tv mount, or a motorized tv mount like our MM815, can help assuage any fear you might have about the natural light coming through windows and creating a less-than-ideal home entertainment option by bouncing light off of the screen. A TV mount like our MM340, MM540, or MM700 can be mounted on the wall and subsequently moved — once installed correctly — to take away any glare that might shine through from the natural light.

Artificial Lighting

Use lamps around the room instead of having one light source from overhead lighting; your guests’ eyes will be drawn to different corners of the room. To fill up additional lighting in a large room, place a tall lamp on a marble base or on a cocktail table.

Ceiling

For the ceiling of the living room, hang the curtains vertically from just below the ceiling rather than above your window. This will invite the eye upwards, giving off an impression of height, especially if your living room doesn’t have high ceilings.

Furniture

The ways in which a living room is furnished is often dependent on the total number of people to be seated. On the whole, interior designers often recommend in their decorating tips for living rooms to choose furniture items according to their functions. 

For instance, if you’re planning on having your living room be the social hub of the home, take care in the placement of the couch and other seating options like chairs or benches. By keeping in mind where guests, and those in the home, prefer to sit will likely facilitate a better conversation space.

Another living room tip is to ensure that all articles and pieces of furniture in your room do not butt up against the wall. Even nudging a piece of furniture a few inches (3 to 4 inches) away from the room’s wall will create the illusion that the wall is farther away than it actually is. Additionally, when using a MantelMount pull down TV mount or motorized drop down and swivel mount, it allows for conserving space, regardless of the size of the room. Having mounted TV is an added benefit, from the decorative perspective. Because a mounted TV creates space — by not having to be placed on furniture — through stowing it flush against the wall, it maximizes the furniture the television is housed around, whether it’s the top of a credenza that can now have photos on it or it’s a fireplace mantel that can have holiday ornaments on it.

Walls

For living room walls, pay attention to the detail. For instance: hanging artwork (or a pull down TV mount!) correctly or what colors and textures to use. 

Looking to paint the living room wall? Remember this living room tip that may seem like a home theater hack that provides luxury to your space: incorporate half-painted walls in your painting adventure as they give the illusion of taller ceilings, which will likely add to your house’s grandeur.

Also, it is preferable to go for softer hues, especially white, since they make the room look more spacious. Using white all over the room will also make any pieces of furniture in the room look bigger in size. However, if you’re not wanting to settle on white walls throughout the living room, consider a darker accent color or shade to paint — or add texture to a single wall — as these solutions can lift the vibrancy and life of the room.

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Decor

For many, here comes the fun part: the decor. First, you’ll want to situate the bigger pieces so they fit and become part of the space. The next step is to remember to place coffee tables, side tables, trolleys, and lamps within reach of sitting areas.

In decor, placement is key. If there is no room to pass behind large pieces of furniture or other decor items like vases, trunks, or cabinets, situate them differently so the home’s residents, and guests, can move about without tripping.

One of the more simple but important decorating tips for a living room is in relation to mirrors. Strategically place mirrors in order to extend a room, and, if there is a mirror in the home that’s a rectangular shape (and not, say, square), face it lengthwise for optimal effect of vertically elongating the room. After all, mirrors reflect images, as well as light and color.

Layout

Finding the correct layout for your room can redefine it completely. Find a focal point of your room, such as a fireplace, large window, or TV. Arrange the furniture around the focal point to give the room a better structure. 

Although wall art, mirrors, and shelves can be easily used as a focal point, they can also be used as secondary features, guiding eyes and complementing the main focal point. Having a wall mounted, pull down TV as your focal point can engage visitors even further with its visual and audio effects.

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When considering the layout of the living room, question if symmetry is something to incorporate. Having a symmetrical arrangement can make the living room look formal, whereas asymmetrical layouts often read as more casual and can inspire visual interest. An option is to utilize both symmetrical and asymmetrical patterns, color palettes, and layouts so the design doesn’t feel bland.

Living Room Tips Based on Room Size

Big Living Room

If you have a large living room, break the space into smaller-sized conversation areas. The aim should be to create small, intimate spaces, which make the overall size of the room large. 

Small Living Room

Do you have a small living space? Consider a small bench or settee that’s placed right up against the wall. Incorporate multi-purpose pieces — an ottoman with storage found within it is a great example — or free-standing furniture like bookcases that are moveable. If this is the route that is decided on, it makes for fun designing as it won’t be a “set it and forget it” type of living room; ideas can be put into practice with pieces that are easily moved. Choose lightweight furniture pieces with clean lines, so as not to clog up the room.

Color and Theme

How can you separate the same wall in the living room, which is painted a single color? Using different patterned wall choices (whether it's paint or wallpaper) or texture to define two different spaces in your living room will shift the focus from one main element of the room to another. 

For instance: imagine you’re in a seating area or dining area. For that space, use different patterns or themes of artwork, but keep the same color palette. This will aesthetically bring out both elements without disruption.

Design

As you design your room, consider the elements that make up the room and how they can work together. 

Furniture Pieces

The largest pieces of furniture, such as a fireplace, dining table, or a couch, should be considered first when it comes to living room design. Once the priority items are in place, then the smaller elements can be used to design and complement the more eye-catching focal points of the room.

Patterns

What about other design elements like patterns or stripes? How does it all come together in one room?

Add stripes to elongate the room, if you so wish. With contrasting colors, and especially if the striped pattern is of equal widths, it will have an expanding effect. Needing new cushions or a rug for underneath the coffee table? Select monochromatic stripes for those pieces and you’ll uncover a deceptively larger room. 

For other patterns such as circles, they don’t necessarily need to be embedded into the pattern of a blanket or pillow case, but they can be used within the furniture themselves. Rounded corners like ovals and circles can be easier on the eyes so if you’re faced with too rigid of a living room, consider bringing in circular lamps, cushions, or even a coffee table or end table.

Artwork

For designing a living room with artwork — no matter how much or little wall space you have — have the framed artwork hung lower to give the illusion of a taller ceiling. However, if you have larger pieces of artwork that would simply feel off being hung lower on the wall, open up the wall by paring down the amount of pieces that are on the wall. If you have no, or little, wall space, try out one of these solutions that could create the look that’s been desired.

Remember when creating a comfortable living room space, there’s no true “bad answer” to the design. One of the best parts of incorporating living room tips, whether it’s living room lighting tips or figuring out if you can use some of the home theater hacks in your space, is that it’s personalized to your living room. Try things out, move pieces around, and you’ll be able to land on something that is perfect for your home.