Pick a color palette for your living room and stick to it. Being intentional with color makes a room look like it was carefully styled, and, thus, more expensive.
High, Luxurious Curtains
Having the right window treatments can give a rich look to your living room. Opt for quality, floor-length drapes and, if you don’t have tall windows, place the curtain rod higher to create the illusion of such.
Add some sparkle and shine to your living room through metallic decor. You can even work in metals through your furniture like end tables and cabinets.
While fake plants can sometimes look cheap, you’ll never have that problem with a live bouquet, so place some fresh flowers on your coffee table or console to make your living room look more expensive overall.
Throw pillows are an easy way to upgrade any room and give you the opportunity to play with color and texture.
Having different textures in a room adds interest and depth to a space, so incorporate multiple textures like woods, fabrics, plants, and metals in your living room.
A large living room calls for larger furniture, so don’t hesitate to get that extra-long sofa or L-shaped sectional. If you have high ceilings, you’ll also want to make sure that bookshelves and hutches are tall as well.
Take up some extra space in a large living room by choosing larger wall art, accent furniture, and plants. One of these larger pieces can also serve as a focal point if your living room doesn’t already have one.
Get a Media Center
There’s no better way to designate a space for watching TV or playing video games than having a large wall unit with shelves, a TV stand, and a bridge. The extra storage also comes in handy.
Push your upholstery away from the walls when you can to create a cozier, more intimate seating area. “Floating” your furniture like this can be especially beneficial in spacious rooms where walls are far apart.
Stick to a Single Color Scheme
Stick to a single color scheme in a large living room so that the room has a natural flow and doesn’t look too busy with a wide variety of colors.
Vary Patterns and Textures
Use different patterns and textures in your large living room to create visual interest as well as instill a sense of warmth. You can introduce these elements through decor such as pillows, throw blankets, wall art, rugs, plants, and accent furniture.
Whether you have a formal dining room or a kitchen nook, these tips will help you design a space that’s both attractive and functional.
When designing a dining room space, keep in mind how often and how many people gather there on a regular basis.
If you don’t entertain often or have a large household that dines together, you probably don’t need a large rectangular dining table. A small circular or square dining table might better suit your needs.
The key to mixing furniture in your living room is to either match or contrast colors and styles. In cases where you can’t strike a close match, it’s better to contrast because pieces that “sort of” work together leave something to be desired.
For instance, if you’re mixing occasional tables and want oak, you can get a few different tables that are all an oak finish even if they’re not the same exact shade; it’s OK for some pieces to be slightly lighter or darker than others, especially if they’re not going to be side-by-side.
However, if you wanted to have a more eclectic living room, say, country-style, you could pair a large oak coffee table with a white distressed end table and a black sofa table.
Another example: pairing a sofa with a couple of recliners that are almost the same shade of chocolate and have very similar arms. A contrast would look like pairing a teal sofa with a couple of coral accent chairs that pick up on the flowers in the throw pillows.
In addition to mixing colors, you can mix different types of furniture; one popular trend now is bringing outdoor furniture like patio chairs and wicker tables into the living room. Talk about mismatched! But it works because of the contrast with the traditional living room furniture.
While there’s no inherently right or wrong way to answer this decorating question, we suggest that your pick your furniture before your wall color.
Why? For one, it’s much less expensive to change a paint color than it is to replace your furniture. If you choose furniture that you like but aren’t crazy about the wall color, it will only cost a few hundred dollars to change it whereas it costs thousands of dollars to replace furniture.
It’s also easier to pick a paint color to goes your furniture than matching furniture to a specific paint color. You may not even want to “match” the colors of your walls and furniture; upon seeing your furniture in the room, you may want to go with a different wall color altogether.
For instance, you may have planned on painting your living room walls beige but have just picked out a blue sofa and loveseat. Beige walls do go with blue upholstery, but you realize that you would like to go with a cool color scheme and like the soothing effect of grey.
If you’re renovating your home, however, the very first thing you’ll want to determine is your flooring as this can be your most expensive investment. Also, you may find that your flooring has a particular color/undertone that you want to match or contrast with your walls and furniture.
After this decision is made, you can then take a sample of your floor and other helpful swatches with you while furniture shopping to help guide your purchasing decisions.
Trade out your standard square end tables for narrow side tables that are still functional but won’t take up as much room; nesting tables and drink tables are also great options.
If you need lighting in your condo but the side tables are too small, get a floor lamp or, better yet, install wall sconces to save floor space.
Coffee Table Ottoman
Coffee table ottomans are good for both kicking up your feet and setting your drinks down; the storage variety provide extra storage space, too.
In addition to these purposes, you can also use a coffee table ottoman for extra seating if you have company; just slide it back two or three feet from the sofa.
Console Table with Storage
Instead of a stand or cart, set your TV on a stylish console table with storage.
Console tables take up less space, visually, but can just as easily serve your entertainment and storage needs.
If you’re lacking storage space in your condo, consider getting a slim storage cabinet to store extra belongings like clothes, books, and groceries.
Maximize the storage space in your cabinet by placing smaller items in bins, boxes, or containers; this will also make your cabinet look tidier.
Terai Folding Chairs
Terai folding chairs are upholstered so they’re comfortable but also space-efficient and easy to put away when not in use.
These chairs are great to have when you need to seat extra people in the living room or dining area.
Portable Kitchen Cart
A portable kitchen cart is wonderful to have if you’re short on counter space, and, when you’re done using it, you just roll it away!
You can also use it as an entertainment cart or a server when you’re entertaining; having a portable kitchen cart can come in handy!
Space-efficiency is a priority when it comes to furnishing your condo, so your best bet when it comes to dining options is to get a round dinette.
Circular tables are best for small dining rooms because they take up less room due to their lack of surface space; if you can get a drop leaf table, all the better! Just make sure the chairs can slide underneath the table.
There’s not one perfect way to arrange a living room since they vary in size and shape, but following these design principles will help you best maximize your space.
Start off by asking yourself some questions. Who uses the living room? What are the main activities there? Knowing these things in advance helps you decide how many seats and what specific furniture pieces your living room needs.
Take Measurements of Your Living Room
You’ll want to take measurements of your living room so you can determine if your furniture is to scale and possible configurations.
Make sure your furniture is the appropriate size for your space and that everything can comfortably fit in your living room.
Lastly, after you’ve decided where furniture pieces are going to go, center your living room setup with an area rug to define the space.
We hope our tips for arranging your living room have been helpful. The best way to arrange your living room may not be obvious from the start, so take some time to move things around and play with the layout if necessary.
Turquoise looks gorgeous with brown, especially warm-toned browns like sienna and rust. This bold color works well in a variety of spaces whether your style is traditional, contemporary, rustic, or glam.
Green and brown go well together because they’re both earth tones. If you want your living room to feel more relaxing, opt for this color combo.
The key to using yellow in a room with brown furniture is to paint walls pale yellow and then add bright yellow accents for punch.
Yellow may be too cheery for some, so the next best option is pairing your brown furniture with gold whether it’s soft gold walls or gold accents. Gold and brown living rooms feel particularly cozy because of their warm hues.
Orange is a strong color. Vibrant shades are stimulating and better for decor than walls, but you could paint walls in more muted shade such as rust, which pairs nicely with brown living room furniture.
You can also pair brown with other shades of brown for a monochromatic look that will go with a variety of styles.
Which colors would look best with your brown living room furniture? Tell us in the comments!