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Creating a Cosy and Chic Living Room: A Designer's Guide

Written by: Marissa Goodman


Let's make designing your living room feel like a fun and exciting project that you can approach with enthusiasm and creativity.

Layout: Balancing Furniture and Open Space

First things first - let's talk about the layout. Do you have a small living room? A large one? Somewhere in between? Whatever your space, the key to a successful living room layout is to create a balance between furniture and open space. You don't want your living room to feel cluttered or cramped, but you also don't want it to feel too sparse. The size of your living room should dictate the balance between furniture and open space. Regardless of whether you have a small or large space, striking the right equilibrium is essential. 

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A cluttered room can impede movement and hinder your enjoyment, while a sparsely furnished room might feel cold and unwelcoming. By carefully planning your floor plan, you can optimize the available space and create an arrangement that caters to your specific needs and preferences. Consider how you intend to utilize the living room—be it for entertaining guests, unwinding with family, or both—and let this guide your furniture placement decisions. 

A well-designed layout allows for the creation of distinct zones within your living room. These zones can be designated for different activities or functions, enhancing the versatility and practicality of the space. For example, you might have a seating area focused around a cosy sofa and coffee table for socializing, a reading nook with a comfortable armchair and a bookshelf, or a media area with a TV and entertainment centre. Creating defined zones not only organizes your living room but also provides clear purposes for each area, making it easier to use and enjoy the space.

Furniture: Choosing Functionality and Style

When it comes to furniture, think about how you want your living room to function. Do you need a comfortable sofa for lounging, or do you want to create a cosy reading nook with a chair and ottoman? To make a lasting impression and express your individuality, it's crucial to experiment with different styles and textures. A comfortable sofa is often the centrepiece of a living room, providing a cosy and inviting space for lounging and unwinding. 

Consider the size and configuration that best suits your needs. If you have a larger living room, a spacious sectional sofa can offer ample seating for family and guests. For smaller spaces, a well-crafted loveseat or a stylish sofa with space-saving features can provide comfort without overwhelming the room. Experiment with different upholstery options, such as plush fabrics or soft leather, to find the texture that enhances the cosy atmosphere you desire.

Matteo Sofa
Matteo Sofa

To make a lasting impression and express your individuality, it's crucial to explore different furniture styles and textures. Don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and experiment with unique designs that resonate with your personal taste. Mix and match furniture pieces to create a visually captivating and dynamic living room environment. Consider incorporating a blend of traditional, modern, and eclectic elements to add depth and character to the space. Play with textures by combining smooth fabrics, rich leathers, and natural materials like wood or metal. This interplay of styles and textures not only adds visual interest but also showcases your creativity and personal flair.

While experimenting with different styles and textures is encouraged, it's important to find harmony and cohesion in your furniture selections. Strive for a balanced composition that ensures all elements work together harmoniously. Maintain a consistent colour scheme or complementary colour palette to tie the various furniture pieces together. Incorporate elements of repetition, such as repeating shapes or patterns, to create a sense of unity in the room. Strike a balance between statement pieces and functional items to ensure both style and practicality are catered to.

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Luxury Living Room Broxle

Colour: Reflecting Your Personal Style

Now let's talk about colour. Do you prefer bold and vibrant hues, or do you like a more subdued colour palette? Colour has a profound impact on our emotions and can significantly influence the ambience and atmosphere of a room. When contemplating the colour palette for your living room, consider the emotions and feelings you wish to evoke. Bold and vibrant hues like reds, oranges, and yellows can create a sense of warmth, excitement, and stimulation. On the other hand, soft and cool tones such as blues, greens, and pastels can instil a sense of tranquillity, relaxation, and harmony. 

Colour is a powerful tool for expressing your individuality and creating a space that resonates with you. Consider the colours that naturally attract you and inspire you. Are you drawn to earthy and natural tones, or do you lean towards bold and eclectic combinations? Think about your preferred aesthetics—be it modern, rustic, minimalist, or bohemian—and explore colour palettes that complement those styles. Remember, there are no strict rules when it comes to colour selection. It's all about creating a living room that makes you feel at home and showcases your unique personality. To kickstart your creative project with confidence, why not begin with a mood board? This will help you showcase colours and patterns that spark your imagination.

Lighting: Setting the Perfect Ambience

Lighting is another vital element in designing your living room. Think about how you want to use your space and incorporate different types of lighting to create the perfect ambience. Creating the ideal atmosphere in your living room requires a combination of ambient, task, and accent lighting. 

Ambient lighting, also known as general lighting, provides overall illumination and sets the tone for the room. This can be achieved through ceiling-mounted fixtures like chandeliers or flush-mount lights. 

Bayu - Contemporary Bars Chandelier
Bayu - Contemporary Bars Chandelier

Task lighting, on the other hand, focuses on specific activities and areas, such as reading or working. Table lamps and adjustable wall-mounted lights are excellent options for task lighting. 

Lastly, accent lighting adds depth and visual interest by highlighting architectural features, artwork, or decorative elements. Wall sconces, track lighting, or picture lights can be used for accent lighting. By layering these different types of lighting, you can create a well-balanced and dynamic living room environment.

Giana - Nordic Crystal Minimalist Wall Sconce from Broxle
Giana Wall Sconce
Ulla Woollen Cushion from Broxle
Ulla Woollen Cushion
Honora Face Motif Vase
Honora Face Motif Vase

Finishing Touches: Adding Personality and Interest

Finally, remember the finishing touches. Add some personality to your living room with artwork, decorative pillows, and accessories that reflect your interests and hobbies. Whether you're into vintage record players or modern art, there's always a way to incorporate your passions into your living room design.

Creating your living room should be an enjoyable and imaginative experience that lets you showcase your unique taste and turn your area into your cosy abode. Whether you prefer bold colours or a more subdued palette, cosy textures or sleek modern lines, there's always a way to create a living room that's uniquely yours. So grab your mood board, put on your favourite playlist, and let's get designing!


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