Five Tips for Designing a Living Room

Darkness is seeping in, and the daylight is moving out, and your living room is where you want to relax. It doesn’t matter what you do in your living room whether you snuggle on the couch and demolish a full box of chocolates or just nap while catching some tv in between. Aim for relaxation and comfort when designing a living room. Take notice of the different fixtures and accessories that go with your theme or style that will improve your property valuation.

Using space

You need to consider what space you have to work with. Have an idea of what furniture you want to use like sofas, coffee tables, tv cabinet and some lamps or storage areas.
When deciding this be sure to have a tape measure on hand and some measurements of the furniture you want to place in the room.
If you have a small room to work with, then consider using streamlined furniture. Slim storage shelves and cabinets can work well when you need to store items or place the tv somewhere. Add lighting to the ceilings or walls to eliminate the need for tables with lamps. Work with the walls more with shelving rather than cupboards that need floor space.

Using colours

Using light colours can open the room up, and if you add a few mirrors where natural light can bounce off, it will give the appearance of a bigger room. Add colour to accessories like cushions and throw rugs rather than the walls and furniture. Look for a light, airy window dressing that gives the modern appeal rather than heavy dark material.


To create a calm room, you need to think about everything that needs a home in the room from magazines, books, DVDs, gaming consoles and toy.
Choosing the right storage is determined by how much space you have to work with and the look you are going for if you want a place to hide clutter consider ottomans with inbuilt storage and shelves to store décor items. If you have an open-plan living set up that flows into your dining room an open unit can be used as a room divider to give the appearance of separate zones.
Sideboards can get used for storing items that you don’t want on show. There are so many styles to choose from if you like industrial steel, rustic wood, or contemporary modern. These not only add storage that can be kept out of sight, but they can be used as a feature point in the room. If you have small children, it is advisable to fix furniture to the walls as they can tip easily especially if heavy items inside are not evened out properly. If you have a small living room try and look for furniture with extra storage like coffee tables with drawers, couches with inbuilt storage and ottomans that contain a hidden storage compartment.

Small office

If you have the room, consider setting up a small office area where you can organise all the homes paperwork or work-related forms. This can also serve as a place for children to do their homework. Add a drawer underneath for the computer keyboard and mouse to eliminate the space needed on top.
There are wall desks that fold up when not in use this can also be an option if you need some office space. And eventually, with enough office space you can start thinking about office leasing.


If you have an open plan dining to living area, it is best to use the same colour flooring throughout if you have tiles or wood through the lounge room. This will make the floor flow. If you rather carpet in the living room go for something low pile and low colour tones that match somewhat with the dining room floor colouring. You want the room to flow not become a feature point itself.