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Living Room Layouts: What is The Best Living Room Layout For You?

One of the first things you need to do when decorating a room is decide on a layout. In the living room, figuring out the right layout for you depends on how you want to use your space and what pieces you want to include.

Check out our living room checklist for all of your must-have living room furniture pieces.

So, start by asking yourself how you want to use your living room. Do you entertain family and friends often there? Are you trying to incorporate a play area for your kids? Wanting to figure out layouts for living rooms with a fireplace? Or maybe you have an open floor plan and the living and dining spaces need to feel cohesive? Whatever your needs are, being clear about how you’ll engage with your living room design on a daily basis will help determine your layout.

To provide you with some guidance and inspiration, we’re breaking down four common living room layouts below. Read on to see the layouts and pick up tips for bringing the look in each setup into your home with our casual and formal living room layout ideas.

Best Living Room Layouts for Casual Conversation

Living room layouts featuring laid-back conversation areas are common with Modsy customers. It’s easy to see why, given that these designs encourage intimate conversations. If you want a cozy living room where people can mingle and relax, these are for you.

Conversational Layout #1

This layout focuses on the three mini seating areas that surround space—the sofa and woven ottoman serve as main seating in the room, while the armchairs by the fireplace are each set up as reading corners with their respective ottoman and drinks table.

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How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Use three-point seating. Arranging your seating in a triangle, like the sofa opposite the fireplace and the inward-facing armchairs here, will instantly center your seating area and create an effortless conversation area.
  • Go round. Opting for curvy designs in your living room furniture will give your space a less rigid look and feel. It will also create a good flow, making it easy for lots of people to move through the seating area.
  • Think visually minimal. The monochrome prints, black-and-white Moroccan rug, and white sheepskin keep the space feeling cozy rather than busy and overwhelming.

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Conversational Layout #2

Stumped by an awkward living room design? We’ve got you. Think of this split-level living room layout as the “conversation pit” of your space. Whereas the first layout has an open flow, this one has a formal and structured formation with living room furniture that plays up a cozy vibe. If you’re after a simple layout, this is one of the more straightforward living room ideas.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Line up your seating. A simple way to create conversation areas in a living room is to arrange your sofa, armchairs, benches, and ottomans in a U-shaped setup. This way, they form a semi-closed seating area that feels intimate.
  • Stick with open bases. Because your seating arrangement has a boxy configuration, even it out with furniture that are on legs and have open bases for airy contrast.
  • Opt for classic colors. No need to go full neutral—but sticking to light blues, greens, and beige tones in your accents will create a cohesive look that’s punchy but easy on the eyes.

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Best Living Room Layouts for TV Watching

If you use your living room more as a place to kick back for movie nights and weekend Netflix binges with family and friends, the following two layouts have you covered. These living room ideas are centered around the TV as the main focal point of the seating area.

TV Watching Layout #1

With a deep, stuffy sectional as the centerpiece, this living room furniture arrangement is perfect for families with kids or those of you who host regular movie viewings and game nights. This living room with a TV and a fireplace is all about fuss-free comfort, where everything is designed around the joint focal point of the fireplace and TV.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Invest in big seating. When the focus of your space is entertaining around the TV, go for a comfy, sink-in sectional and chaise combo to create the ultimate lounge area. Not sure if you want a sofa or sectional? See our guide for each of their pros and cons.
  • Elevate your TV viewing. Even if you don’t have a fireplace, hang your TV a little higher to avoid having to crane your neck to watch movies. For the best way to incorporate your TV to look like decor, check out our easy hacks for working TV viewing into any living room layout.
  • Finish with extra seats. A sectional and chaise on its own isn’t enough to fill out your living space, so make it a point to include the additional pouf or armchair. This will give your living room more flexibility as a conversational area and not just for TV watching.
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TV Watching Layout #2

While the first layout gives you a sort of cozy seating alcove, this furniture arrangement gives you a central boxed-in, TV-viewing spot that still has good flow and leaves plenty of walking room all around. And unlike the previous design, this layout results in a slightly more formal living room design, while still using the TV as the focal point.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Try multipart seating. Another seating option is a large, multi-piece sectional that is designed to be configured to suit your room and can accommodate lots of bodies. Try a floating furniture approach with this layout, since a floating sofa can also act as a room divider. This approach is especially good for large rectangular living rooms.
  • Add in more moveable pieces. With a sectional that forms a conversation ring, pair it with versatile accent tables that can easily be pulled in and out of the space. Try a round coffee table and a C-shaped drinks table for compact and convenient options.
  • Optimize space around. Tuck a bench behind the sofa so that it’s easy to bring around for extra seating when needed. A bench can serve as a great perch to have at the ready for family game nights or for an extra surface for setting down a tray of drinks.

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Best Living Room Layouts for Formal Entertaining

Conversational but less casual and intimate, these formal living rooms are less focused on lounging and lean more toward a space for cocktail parties and book clubs. These layouts are more aligned with traditional rules of interior design—so expect more classic and elevated living room ideas with furniture arrangement and decor.

Formal Layout #1

When it comes to formal living room ideas, this layout approach is tried-and-true. With its symmetrical furniture arrangement and elegant decor pairings, this layout offers a sense of instant sophistication that never fails to impress guests.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Double everything. There’s power in pairs when it comes to this layout—from facing sofas to floor lamps flanking the fireplace and matching pillows. Start with your sofas—the more classic shapes the better—and then move to the smaller accents and accessories.
  • Symmetry rules. This is key if you want a classic formal layout. It not only provides a sense of order and structure to the space, but it also lends a tailored look and frames architectural details, like windows or a fireplace, as focal points.
  • Neutral is best. The best way to ensure this formal living room layout maintains a streamlined and elegant look is to embrace a neutral palette of grays and white tones. It will soften sharp lines and dark materials and give your space a light and chic appeal.

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Formal Layout #2

For a different take on formal living room design, try this elevated and curated take on a conversational layout. The key here is to combine lots of different seating in many different styles and materials, which will usher in a refined ambiance.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Vary your seating. The most important element in this living room layout is the mix of ottomans and armchairs, along with a bench and sectional. Together they create a formal and balanced look that gives any living room both a sense of intimacy and elegance.
  • Center with accents. With a variety of seating styles, you want to make sure the seating area still appears focused. Use a set of art prints and a large coffee table as visual anchors to ground the center of your space.
  • Delineate with a rug. No matter your living space, a rug will set apart your seating area. It’s essential in this formal layout, as a light-hued rug can unify all the different designs.

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Best Living Room Layouts For Multi-Uuse Spaces

For many people, living rooms aren’t just for lounging (especially during shelter-in-place times). This space might flow into a dining area or need to also function as a playspace for children or as a makeshift home office. If this is the case for your home, these multipurpose living room ideas featuring flexible layouts are sure to help you tackle your space.

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Multi-Use Layout #1

For a small living room design that needs to work as both living and dining room, clear delineation of where each area starts and ends is key. That means where you place your living room furniture will make all the difference.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Partition with furniture. Use a sofa to divide the living and dining areas. The sofa back acts like a wall to separate the room into two distinct spaces with different functions. If you’re not sure where to start, take a peek at these open living dining room layout ideas.
  • Add tall accents. Whether it’s a light fixture over a dining table, a tall plant next to your sofa, or art on the walls, accents make for visualmarkers that will help further set apart your living and dining spaces.

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Multi-Use Layout #2

Balancing multiple functions in a living room can be tricky, especially when it involves a space for children. When you’re carving out a play area or a fun corner for kids, it’s even more important to nail down a layout that clearly provides separation between different “zones.”

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Corner it. Carve out a corner for the kiddos. You can use a rug to physically zone the space and top it with children’s furniture to formalize the spot as your little one’s dedicated play area. Having trouble doing this in your own space? Check out more ways to make your living room also work as a playroom.
  • Use kid-friendly markers. No, we’re not saying you should let your kids draw on your walls! We simply mean hanging up a piece of youthful art to signal that the area under it is a play space. You can also work in baskets and kid-friendly storage for toys and clutter, which will ultimately indicate that it’s a separate space from the rest of the living area.

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Multi-Use Layout #3

One of our favorite open floor plan ideas for a living room is incorporating a mini office space. But it can be tricky to get the layout right as you want to make sure you add function without creating more visual clutter.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Back it with a desk. Tuck a desk behind your sofa to set up an open workspace for yourself. The back of the sofa acts like a mini wall that instantly sets your office area apart from the rest of the room. Can’t fit a desk behind your sofa? Explore more ideas from us on how to make an office in your living room.
  • Work in accent furnishings. By itself, a desk can feel a little haphazard in the middle of your living room. Try rounding out your office space with side tables, storage pieces, or a pair of stools on either side of your desk. This adds instant symmetry and balance while also formalizing this area as a dedicated workspace. Want more ideas? Get the full scoop on our favorite miltipurpose furniture.
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Layout Guide: 1 Living Room Dining Room Combo, Styled 3 Ways

When it comes to designing an open living room and dining space, there are more than a few essential moving parts. There’s lots to consider, from furniture style and color schemes to the specific layout and flow of the space.

If you’re not sure where to start, our guide to common living room dining room combo layouts will help kick things off. For added inspiration and guidance, we’ve designed one open living room dining room combo space and reimagined it in three different ways that are each as stylish as they are practical. Read on to see the three takes on the room and all the possibilities for an open living and dining room, and steal ideas for your own space!

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living room dining room comboLayout #1: Casual & Conversational

In this layout, the living room and dining area are delineated into distinctive zones that are separated by the sofa back and a console table. Nonetheless, the two spaces work together side-by-side and form a versatile layout that maximizes seating in both spaces—chairs and ottomans can be easily pulled from and into each area. The result is a living room dining room combo space that perfectly balances casual and formal in a visually cohesive way.

living room dining room comboFurniture pairings keep the living space versatile:

The matching tables, armchairs, and ottomans not only make for foundational living room decor, but they also bring symmetry and balance to the space. They’re also super versatile accent pieces that are easy to dress up and down as needed. The tables and chairs can be separated and rearranged into a more casual living area setup or lined up together, like they are here, to create a more intimate yet laid-back conversation space.

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living room dining room comboThe high-low furniture mix delineates the vibe in each space:

One way to decorate a living room with a fireplace is to arrange conversational seating around the hearth, such as poufs and chairs that are easy to move around along with a clean-lined sofa, which add up to a casual-chic atmosphere. Meanwhile, a classically elegant console table lining the back of the sofa not only provides convenient storage, it also sets the stage for the slightly more formal dining space.

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living room dining room comboThe dining area nails the relaxed-refined balance:

With a large communal dining table that seats six or more, the dining area is designed for intimate family dinners and entertaining big groups alike. Along with the mix of slipcovered chairs and rustic wood seats, this space reflects the same versatile elegance and ease as the living room.

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living room dining room comboLayout #2: Classic & Formal

With this living room dining room combo layout, symmetry rules. The parallel sofas in front of the fireplace make way for a straight view through to the kitchen, emphasizing a sense of openness in the room. It’s a seamless flow between the living room and dining area, with no furniture dividing and delineating the two spaces, which adds to the overall airy feel and creates a cohesive look in the room.

living room dining room comboThe living area arrangement has a natural, elevated look:

Arranging two facing sofas with matching side tables is one of our favorite living room layouts because it instantly establishes a sophisticated formal look. Plus, they frame a fireplace mantel or window perfectly in the room, rounding out the space with a balanced look and polished appeal. A rug is also key to centering and setting apart this living space.

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living room dining room comboA mix of materials is key and adds depth:

With a formal living room approach, combining different materials will warm up the space as well as continue the elevated appeal. Polished materials, such as mirrored finishes and brass lend a touch of glamour while rustic woods and a woven patterned rug will even the sleekness out with a hint of earthiness. The idea is to allow all the varying textures—smooth, grainy, woven—to shine and provide both visual and tactile elegance to the space.

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living room dining room comboTraditional dining furniture doesn’t have to be formal:

Rounding out the room is a dining space that’s anchored by a classic pedestal dining table and classic slipcovered dining chairs. While the arrangement is definitely more formal in style, the openness of the space and the ample walking room all around helps ease up the traditional appeal of this dining area. An ornate bar cabinet off to the side helps anchor this formal space by giving it some visual cohesion as well. In the end, this well-dressed dining room living room combo layout adds up to a space that’s designed for seamless entertaining.

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living room dining room comboLayout #3: Communal & Family-Friendly

If it’s comfort, coziness, and a fully casual vibe you’re after, this family-friendly living room dining room combo layout is for you. With a big sectional, relaxed side chairs, and a communal dining setup that includes a farmhouse-style table and fuss-free benches, this is our idea of a living room and dining space that’s made for some major R&R. Not to mention, it’s perfectly geared toward entertaining big groups, be it a dinner for family and friends or a kids birthday party. This is a space that lets you do it all in comfort and with ease.

living room dining room comboThe U-shaped sectional creates a framework for the living area:

Between a sofa and a sectional, the latter is definitely the winner for this living space layout. Opt for a relaxed U-shaped sectional design that is low enough to not block sight lines throughout the open room. It also subtly divides your living and dining spaces into distinct areas. Think of it as the foundational piece that everything else will be arranged and decorated around, including your dining pieces.

Additionally, not only does the sectional accommodate lots of people, it’s also super kid-friendly. Pair it with a round woven coffee table for another kid-proof design that gives you lots of surface space to work with. Ground it all with a natural-fiber rug that’s layered with a soft patterned one to add both durability and style.

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living room dining room comboKeep to moveable seating that works across the entire room:

Make sure to have some extra living room seating—be it a pair of laid-back ottomans or airy rattan chairs, like the ones here. The idea is to keep these as moveable pieces that can travel between your living and dining areas as needed. For instance, you can flank the fireplace with them to create a conversation pit in your living area, or you can pull them into the dining space as additional chairs at both ends of the table.

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living room dining room comboThe communal table brings major outdoor vibes indoors:

What sets this dining area apart from the previous layouts is that it captures a truly casual aesthetic that brings to mind picnics outdoors. The x-based dining table and bench have a relaxed look and are perfectly designed for entertaining big parties as well as kids, since there’s no formal seating protocol. This is the best option if you’re looking to create a living room dining room combo space that’s all about casual everyday living and bringing people together.

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Layout Guide: A Square Living Room Gets 2 Multi-Purpose Makeovers

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout ideas and solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of designing a square living room to work for hanging at home and having friends over.

If you’re like us, you probably love hanging out in your living room. It’s often the number one space in the house for entertaining and it’s usually the go-to spot for kicking back and relaxing after work. Living rooms come in a variety of spaces, but square living rooms are definitely one of the most common shapes! Just because they are common doesn’t mean they’re simple, however! A square living room has lots of possibilities when it comes to interior design.

square living room ideasHow do I set up a square living room layout?

The easiest way to come up with living room ideas (square or not) is to decide what you want to do with it. Do you use your living room just for lounging and watching TV with the fam? Maybe you love having a formal space to entertain guests? Or are you interested in a combo live-work space? You can do any of these things and more—the sky’s the limit with square living room layout ideas! All you have to do is pick one that works for you.

To offer a little design inspiration and a few decor ideas for the living room, we designed a square living room with two layouts that make the most of the space. Read on to see our fabulous and functional square living room layout ideas with tips for designing your own!

square living room ideasLayout Idea #1: The Central Seating Square Living Room

This square living room layout is all about creating a welcoming space with multi-purpose central seating. We wanted the floor plan to work as a TV room design, entertaining, watching the kids play while you’re kicking back, etc. Living room layout ideas like this are all about flexibility—which is ideal for busy households because the space is easy to navigate. Living rooms should be a stylish spot where everyone can hang out at once without getting crowded.

The main goal of this square living room layout is creating a comfortable space to kick back and relax, whether you’re entertaining, watching a movie or just reading, napping and hanging with your family. We wanted to create a central and cozy seating area with a walking zone around groups of furniture pieces. With this floor plan, the living room can serve different functions—use it as is for conversation and leisure time or swivel the chairs around to face the TV for movie night! Plus, there’s a kids play area on the floor in the corner.

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square living room ideasThe Key Elements:

Long + low profile sofa: We love the gorgeous brown leather sofa in this square living room design. It is long enough to add ample seating for relaxation and you can still see over it to view out the windows and keep an eye on the kids. It’s subtle but still properly divides the floor plan and creates a border around the seating area.

Swivel chairs: Swivel chairs are a brilliant choice when it comes to small living room ideas. These chairs add stylish accent seating as part of the conversation circle—and they can easily flip around to face the TV. They also make for cozy reading spots and are near the bookcase if you need to grab a new novel.

Large area rug: A large area rug is key to creating a distinct conversation zone in a small living room. It pulls all of the seating together and anchors the arrangement around the coffee table. It helps create a smart floor plan even though all of the furniture is floating. A great rug can instantly turn a square living room into a cozy, intimate space to chat—and it also leaves room for a separate play area.

Will This Layout Idea Work for You? Yes If You…

  • Love multi-purpose living rooms where you can read, relax, entertain friends, or watch TV!
  • Need space in your square living room where you can monitor the kids play while you get some leisure time.
  • Like cozy, intimate seating circles that make for great conversation.
  • Have a busy household and need a floor plan with easy traffic flow (i.e. no sharp edges, coffee table to bump into, etc).

Layout Idea #2: The Conversational Living Room

For this living room layout, we wanted to create a live-work space with multiple functional areas. With so many of us working from home these days, it’s nice to have a desk in a comfortable hangout space, so putting an office in the living room was a no-brainer. This square living room checks all the boxes—the sofa provides plenty of seating and the floor plan is great for conversation, relaxing, entertaining friends and getting some work done.

Our goal was to create an open but cozy square living room for relaxing. The huge sectional sofa provides ample seating for you and your guests and there is additional flexible seating as needed. The open living room has multiple uses but there is a cohesive design across the entire space. And we love the contrast of the white sofa and yellow and blue accents against a taupe wall! With a small desk tucked in the corner, you also get to use the space for work without having to feel cooped up in an office.

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The Key Elements:

Sectional sofa: This look starts with a supremely comfortable sectional sofa. We went with a sizable option that makes the room feel warm and welcoming and offers plenty of seats to relax and gather people around. It also sections off the back part of the room, creating a kind of buried den so the desk feels more private.

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Conversation nook: The armchairs create their own conversational area. This layout works great for multiple conversational groupings in one open space—you can also pull the chairs in closer to sectional. Plus, you get to utilize the corner of this large space, which might otherwise go empty.

Ladder desk: This ladder desk is one of our fave decor ideas for a square living room because it creates a subtle working space. It’s mounted on a wall so the “office space” doesn’t take over any of the living room. Plus, the bookcase adds open book storage, which you can use for display items.

square living room ideasWill This Layout Idea Work for You? Yes If You…

  • Invite friends over often and need a spacious floor plan for casual hangs.
  • Need a home desk / workspace and prefer working in a shared space.
  • Love to curl up in a cozy reading chair with a good book!

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Layout Guide: Two Ideas for a Long, Narrow Living Room With a Fireplace

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we set out to find two design solutions for a long, narrow living room layout with the added challenge of a fireplace.

The Space: A long, narrow living room with a fireplace

The Style: Rustic Southwestern

The Challenge: Creating a functional, uncrowded layout in a long, narrow living room design with a fireplace.

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There’s no other way around it—long, narrow living rooms are a design quandary for even the savviest decorators. Even a basic living room design requires a fair amount of design savvy to ensure that it functions well and fits everything you need. And if you are filling out a long, narrow space, you have some extra concerns to address.

When you’re designing a long, narrow living room layout, think about how you’d like to divide the space. Will you want to keep it open as one single space or divide it to have two distinct areas that flow into each other? What is the ideal layout for the functionality you need? Are you leaning toward cozy, lounge furniture or a more formal setup? It can be tricky to fit your furniture into a long room without overcrowding it—and a living room with a fireplace is even more challenging. Here we tackle a narrow living room with two totally different designs—take a peek and start brainstorming for your own space!

narrow living room designLayout Idea #1: Dual Purpose Living Room

Layout Idea #1 makes smart use of the space to create a dual-purpose living room. We sectioned the large space into distinct areas, which is a great way to maximize square footage if you have limited rooms in the house. The spaces include multiple conversation zones—the main sofa and living area, a cozy fireplace seating arrangement and a dining area. Guests can choose to kick back and cozy up by the fire or take a seat at the table and enjoy the beautiful view!

We love how this layout creates multiple zones for different uses. The intimate seating area near the fireplace is great for conversation while the seating table in the back of the space works for games/homework/crafts or as a more formal dining spot. The main focus of this layout is to break up the space to create functional and different seating arrangements that still feel cohesive and flow together.

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narrow living room designThe Key Elements:

Designing a long, narrow space is all about choosing furniture pieces that don’t overcrowd the space. The rattan chairs are the perfect size to flank the fireplace. They add cozy seating that is light and easily moveable—setting them across from the sofa also creates a warm conversation circle.

We went with the “Floating Sofa” setup, which places the sofa in the center of the room instead of up against a wall. This serves as another comfortable place to sit and it faces the chairs and fireplace for conversation and entertaining. This placement calls for a low profile sofa that divides the space into two zones without blocking the view. A round kitchen table adds additional seating and provides a place to do different activities while still being a part of the living room/conversation.

narrow living room designWill this narrow living room layout work for you? Yes if…

  • You need to maximize the use of a single living room/dining room space.
  • You like to have multiple conversations areas.
  • You want a table for games, homework, happy hour drinks, etc.

Layout Idea #2: Open Lounge

Our second layout makes the most of the big space by using the openness to create a lounge-like feel. It has lots of extra seating, making it a great layout for entertaining—guests can relax by the fireplace or on the large sectional sofa with plenty of poufs for seating galore. It also leaves a lot of floor space open for reading/games, etc.

This living room has a relaxed and luxurious lounge vibe in both distinct seating zones. You can have two separate areas to hang out, the sectional sofa and the fireplace seats, but they’re also open to each other and cohesive in style. The layout doesn’t interrupt the flow of walking through the space. The fireplace lounge area has chairs that are easy to slide over to the sectional area if you need. Either way, the sofa provides a  great area for large groups to lounge together.

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The Key Elements:

This living room looks great with the enormous “L” sectional that fills up the corner and maximizes seating. Pushed back against two walls, it creates a cozy corner without wasting any space! A furniture piece like this makes the room feel immediately inviting and also keeps a large space from feeling too sparse.

The armchairs flanking the fireplace are stylish and cozy, great for reading, intimate convos, and fireside warmth. Having another seating nook at the far end of the room means you can get a little privacy here while others hang out on the sectional. This living room layout also makes use of one of our favorite design tricks—area rugs! You can subtly “divide” the different seating zones by using rugs to visually delineate them. It divides space while keeping the design cohesive and the room extra cozy.

Will this living room layout work for you? Yes if…

  • You love to have friends over and entertain!
  • You live with kids/pets and want some open floor space.
  • Your fam likes a big space to sprawl out.
  • You like having more than one comfy space to kick back and relax.

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Layout Guide: Designing A Rectangular Studio Apartment Two Ways

In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Finding the right layout for your room can be the trickiest part of interior design! This week we’re looking at two different ideas for a rectangular studio layout that’s, as many apartment designs are, a bit shy on floor space.

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Studio apartments are notoriously tricky spaces to design. It’s a tough situation to have to fit all the functions of a home into one room—including a living area, sleeping space, dining nook, home office, entryway, etc.! If you have a studio, you face the unique challenge of how to fit all those functions and make them feel like distinct spaces. Not to mention that you also need storage space and a layout that ensures that your home doesn’t feel stuffed to the brim!

So how do you go about arranging furniture in a studio apartment? It really depends on the function you want and the shape of your space! The good news is that with a little creative thinking and a few apartment design hacks, you can come up with a number of options for making your studio space feel homey and comfortable. Here we designed one rectangular studio layout two unique ways to show you the possibilities. Check it out and get some ideas for your own studio!

studio layoutLayout Idea #1: The Open Studio Apartment

Our first studio layout idea is all about creating a space that’s open and inviting. All spaces flow into one; the bedroom is open to the living room which is open to the working space. You can see the living room when entering from the doorway—but the layout keeps the bedroom a bit more private from the kitchen area.

An open layout like this serves a double function: the living room is front and center so the TV can be seen from the bedroom, sofa, kitchen, and working area. And the bedroom + living areas are subtly separated by rugs so you have some separation between your lounge space and your sleeping space.

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studio layoutThe Key Layout Elements:

An Open Layout: This layout features a low sofa centered in front of the TV. This setup serves to anchor the space and allow for TV watching/gathering in all areas of the studio.

Tall Furniture: A tall desk in the corner keeps space visually decluttered—plus it leaves space underneath for a file cabinet and baskets for organizing. The bookcase is also tall! If you’re sensing a theme here, that’s because tall furniture takes up vertical not horizontal square footage.

Distinct Spaces: The reading chair adds additional seating and can also be used as a separate reading nook with the bookcase. A queen bed adds a cozy touch with full nightstand and dresser—plus you can take advantage of the view out window from your “bedroom.”

Smart Storage: It’s not always enough to have storage in small spaces. Sometimes you need sneaky storage ideas. Here, the large media cabinet allows for lots of storage—but it’s also low so you can take advantage of the surface space!

Savvy Seating: The living area doesn’t have room for a coffee table, but we used pouf ottomans as another space saver. They work great as coffee tables/ottomans/seats and can be easily moved for open floor space.

studio layoutWill this studio layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Want one big living space and don’t see the openness as a lack of privacy.
  • Like lower furniture to keep the lines of vision open across your studio.
  • Need multifunctional spaces—i.e. sharing the TV space with the bedroom space and vice-versa.
  • Are a couple or live solo.

studio layoutLayout Idea #2: The Divided Studio Space

Our second studio layout idea is ideal for someone who wants a more separated space. With these multi-use design hacks, you can still have designated areas in one open room. It’s a great way to create privacy in both the bedroom and living room even though your space is wide open.

To get this look, see how the different spaces in our studio apartment are designated for different functions. The living room is just for TV viewing and lounging (but it can also function as a guest room with a sleeper sofa). Then, you have a separate bedroom and dressing area. This layout also leaves room for a desk in bedroom area, but it’s vertical so as not to take up much square footage. The handy room divider separates the living room/bedroom but still allows natural light through so it doesn’t close off the space. It can be easily moved so you can change up the flow of the space as needed. Bonus: it provides extra shelving/storage—essential for any studio apartment!

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studio layoutThe Key Layout Elements:

Split Up the Space: The room divider is the key to this studio layout. It is an architectural piece that adds lots of visual interest to the apartment at the same time as creating two distinct living and sleeping spaces. It also allows light and provides shelf storage so you can keep your space tidy and clean. This also means that the TV can only be seen from the sofa to give you even more of a true living room space.

Functional Furniture: In a studio apartment, it’s much easier to make the space work if your furniture offers both form and function. The sofa acts as a sleeper for guests, the coffee table doubles as a bench for extra seating, and the poufs can double as seating or slide underneath the bench to get out of the way. A chair in the corner provides reading nook as well as seating for conversation—plus all the furniture pieces are easy to move around as needed.

Lots of Storage: The bedroom in this layout idea has a full dresser for lots of extra storage space! A floating nightstand helps keep floor space free and the mounted plug-in wall sconce allows nightstand to be less cluttered (aka more room for books and midnight snacks!).

Use of Vertical Space: A wall desk like this is great for homes that are short on square footage. It provides storage vertically and its sleek design doesn’t visually clutter the space—a great space-saving design hack for studio apartments. And the eating area in the kitchen is a tall tabletop peninsula with barstools so you don’t have to have a big clunky table taking up space.

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Will this studio room layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Want to keep living and sleeping spaces separate.
  • Work from home or work a lot at desk and need it separate from your living (TV viewing) area.
  • Are a couple who loves privacy.
  • Often have overnight house guests (put that sleeper sofa to work!).
  • Love to entertain—this design has plenty of seating for all your friends.

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Tips for Tackling 4 Common Living and Dining Room Layout Designs

Having a connected living room plus dining room design in your home can be a wonderful setup for hosting dinner parties, gatherings, holiday meals, or just everyday family dinners. This design usually means that the rooms share a big or small space and blend into one another. It’s one of the best floor plans for entertaining, but it also requires a savvy furniture layout that allows for a comfortable dining room as well as a seating area in the living room.

If you’re struggling with how to find the best floor plan for your living room plus dining room design, you’re definitely not alone! Designing floor plans like this can be a challenge. Check out some of the following suggestions for handling this interior design conundrum, then see how we tackle 4 common living room and dining room layout struggles!

How can I decorate my living room and dining room?

The short answer: any way you want! Get creative with your interior design choices so you have a living and dining room area that feels welcoming and works with your routine! We recommend picking a cohesive style as a launching point for both spaces so they don’t feel at odds with each other. Consider furniture styles, materials, and color palette—they don’t have to be matchy-matchy, but it will look best if they complement each other.

Style impacts function, so consider your home dwellers (i.e young kids or pets?) and how you want to use the space (i.e. large dinner parties or family movie nights?).

How do you paint a living room dining combo?

When a living room and dining area are a 2-for-1 deal, it’s always best to paint them both in the same color. If you want to really differentiate one space from another, choose an accent wall in one room or paint multiple walls. Just be sure to avoid too many different colors or it will start to look like a circus! Also, consider the color of furniture pieces and be sure to use these accents in both rooms to tie the spaces together.

living room plus dining room designHow do you approach the layout in a living-dining combo?

First, consider the flow of the room. Which other areas of the house lead into this space? Most importantly, where is the kitchen? It’s usually a good idea to lay out your dining room open to the kitchen so you can easily transport food, dishes, etc. in and out.

Also, consider how you plan to use each room. Is your dining room going to be used for entertaining? In that case, it’s great to have it flow right into an open living room so guests can mingle throughout the space. If you want your living room to be a dedicated chill-out space, start with foundational furniture (sofa + TV stand) and once you have those pieces in place, you can build out from there.

Take a look at these 4 living room and dining room layouts to help brainstorm more ideas about your space!

Open Living Dining Room with a Kitchen

The Challenge: Designing an open space with easy flow and multiple focal points

The Layout: TV viewing + conversational living room

This living room is all about lounging and relaxing on comfy furniture! It features a fireplace + TV as focal points of the living area. The open space has space for all the right furniture—sectional plus two armchairs so your guests can spread out and the family won’t have to fight over seats.

The dining space is adjacent to the kitchen, which is a huge bonus! There’s no interior design law that says the kitchen and dining area must meet, but think about carrying a platter of food or dirty plates back and forth—it just makes sense to have them close together!

The Key Elements:

This living and dining room has an excellent furniture layout that uses a “floating sofa” to define the spaces. The sofa back acts as a wall that creates two zones so it’s easy to maintain separate vibes if you want to. We opted for round furniture (coffee table, side table, and dinner table) because it tends to open up small spaces where flow through the room is a concern.

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Long and Narrow Open Living Dining Room

The Challenge: Creating a formal open living/dining room in a long, narrow space

The Layout: Formal entertaining living-meets-dining spaces

This layout starts with spaces that are distinctly separated, but flow together visually. We started by arranging the living room furniture to create a formal, conversational vibe. The space features two sofas, symmetrically placed on either side of the fireplace. This setup makes the roaring fire the focal point and conversation area. Plus, you have a bar cart in the corner for easy entertaining.

The dining and living room are separate but aligned and we wanted to make sure we kept the design uniform. The dining table placed perpendicular to sofas helps define a separate dining area and creates a buffer between the kitchen and living room.

The Key Elements:

Both the living and dining room have beautiful antique rugs to help “zone” the space—each room is grounded on its own rug. The rectangular tables keep this look super formal and direct traffic flow without disrupting the cohesive styles.

Two woven poufs at the end of the living room allow for additional seating without crowding the narrow living space. They are great for entertaining as you can keep them in front of the fire and move around as needed! The pale blues and neutrals create an elegant palette and keep the space feeling open and sophisticated

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The Oversized Living Room + Dining Room

The Challenge: Designing a huge open living-dining room with lots of windows

The Layout: Completely distinct living and dining spaces

Totally distinct living room and dining room floor plans like this are great for a vacation home where lots of people gather at once! The defining piece of furniture in this living room and dining room setup is the 3-piece sectional sofa—this seating area can fit the whole family with space for all in your in-laws and more!

The Key Elements:

The large sectional also creates a triple focal point living room, with seating facing toward the TV, toward the fireplace, and toward the dining room. This layout creates a cozy nook in this large open space—and did we already say LOTS of seating?? We complemented it with this circular coffee table which doesn’t hinder flow through space.

The round dining table in the dining area is also great for family gatherings—it fills the 5 walls of this “slanted room” without drawing attention to the funky shape like a boxy table might. Plus, the circular shape creates flow, directing traffic from the kitchen and dining area. It’s a great setup for family meals, easy conversation, and creates lots of space for passing food around the table.

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Split-Level Open Living And Dining Room

The Challenge: Creating a cohesive look for a small split-level living plus dining room

The Layout: Low-key living room and elevated dining space

This look takes the dining room to the next level! The spaces are distinct enough to warrant their own vibe, but we love how they line up next to each other to make for an easy transition from one to the other. After dinner, you and your guests can wander down to the living room for TV viewing in the lower level!

The Key Elements:

In this layout, the living room furniture serves to partition off the living area. The arc floor lamp provides ambient overhead light and the console behind the sofa helps orient you in the space. The sofa also offers a view of the TV and window.

The blue accent wall on the top-level adds visual depth and creates a cozy, tucked in the dining room area. It also pulls the eye into the dining room so you get to take in the unified palette of both spaces at once.

A circular, 4-top table is perfect for a small family and cozy, intimate dinners with friends. The closed credenza adds extra storage so you don’t have to worry about this living and dining room looking unkempt!

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Layout Guide: A Large, Rectangular Living Room With a Fireplace

Arranging furniture in a living room floor plan may not be the most glamorous aspect of interior decorating, but it might be the most important! When it comes to rectangle living room layouts, you might think you have it easy because they are such a standard shape. You have 4 walls, with two long sides and two short sides—pretty straightforward, right? Not always.

A rectangular room can still be a tricky space to design and comes with many of its own challenges. Some rectangular rooms are long and narrow, leaving an awkward shape to arrange furniture. Some have a fireplace that takes up one entire wall. Others also serve as the entryway in some homes or serve other functions in addition to being your main living space. And some open up to the dining room and need a layout that accounts for the back and forth flow. So, what’s the best way to arrange furniture to create the best rectangular living room layout?

ectangular living room layoutArranging Furniture in a Rectangle Living Room

There is no right or wrong way to arrange living room furniture because so much depends on the function you want! Start by thinking through how you want to use the rectangular room. Will you be having friends over often for formal entertaining or mostly kicking back and watching movies with the fam? Do you love a space where you can cozy up in front of your living room fireplace? Or maybe you want to incorporate a work area to serve as your home office? The list goes on and on.

Once you have a sense of what the function of the living room will be, it’s time to think about arranging furniture in the space. Sectional sofas are a good choice for creating conversational circles in open floor plan living rooms. Long and narrow living rooms can benefit from an arrangement with a sofa against one of the long walls and the TV mounted against the opposite wall. For a small living room, consider using ottomans and benches as extra seating that doesn’t take up much space.

Here we designed one large, rectangular living room two ways to show some of the possibilities and help inspire you for your home.

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ectangular living room layoutLayout Idea #1: The Conversational Living Room

This long rectangular living room features a refined layout with traditional appeal and ample seating. It’s an open, beautiful space that creates a conversation circle as the focal point. It is spacious enough to allow for a large, functional coffee table and there is cozy seating by the fireplace. This layout is perfect for social gatherings and anyone who loves entertaining and showing off their beautiful home.

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ectangular living room layoutThe Key Elements

Having a large, sectional sofa pushed back against the wall creates space for additional furniture and maintains a good flow in the space. It adds additional depth to the room—and it has a great view out windows!

The room features plenty of additional seating options, too. The sofa, chairs, ottomans, and bench are all located in one section of the living room so that guests are drawn to the same area to mingle and converse. And low seating like the bench and ottoman are perfect furniture choices for this space because they don’t interrupt the view of the fireplace and window like some tall chairs would.

To make this living room layout extra primed for entertaining, it features a bar cabinet in the corner! An essential element of a good cocktail party, a bar cabinet also doubles as a handy place to store board games for game night. We also included a bookcase by the fireplace—who doesn’t love furniture that adds extra visual interest?  It also adds height and draws the eye to the fireplace area—plus, the display baskets also serve as extra storage.

ectangular living room layoutWill this rectangular living room layout work for you? Yes if…

  • You love any excuse to have guests over.
  • Your living room design has a fireplace and you want to take full advantage of it.
  • You are more into conversational furniture arrangements than staring at the TV.
  • You want the option of creating a small living room area for use as a den, study area or kids’ play zone!

ectangular living room layoutLayout Idea #2: The TV Viewing Living Room

We designed this rectangular living room as a space to watch TV and get comfy and cozy with your friends and fam. The living room is divided into two separate areas, but the transitional furniture and style across the whole space helps them blend together seamlessly. It’s a perfect idea for those who want a multi-purpose space to vege out with your favorite movie or cozy up by the fire with a good book.

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ectangular living room layoutThe Key Elements

The large, floating 3-piece sectional sofa is the heart and soul of this rectangular living room. Its three sides zone the entertainment space and then the area rug helps further define this part of the room. This furniture arrangement is perfect for movie nights or a celebratory TV binge with friends or family. The low arm of the sectional doesn’t block the fireplace and the circular coffee table makes it easy to slip into any seat on the couch.

In addition to the prime TV viewing area, there’s also a reading nook by the fireplace! Putting the armchair in the corner means you can enjoy both the cozy fireplace and the view from the window—and there’s plenty of light for reading. Two stools serve as extra seats in front of the fireplace, or you can pull one in front of the armchair as a footrest!

If your living room is doing double duty as an entryway, we added an end table by the entrance as a place to set mail and bags on the way in. Having a bench behind the sofa helps soften the visual effect of the long, blank sofa back and also offers a place to sit and take in the view out the window.

Will this rectangular living room layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Love an ultra-comfy chill-out place for movie nights, sports games and anything else on the screen.
  • Prefer furniture that lets your guests kick back and get cozy versus a more formal gathering space.
  • Love an old-fashioned reading nook by the fire.
  • Have a living room that is immediately off the entryway.

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Dine in Style With These 10 Dining Room Layout Ideas

This just in: dining rooms are making a major comeback in 2020. For too long, we’ve eaten dinner while watching Netflix, with our plates perched on our laps. Too many takeout meals have been consumed while standing at the kitchen counter. It’s time for a change! Time to unplug and connect with family and friends while we nourish our bodies. It’s time to design our dining rooms to be places where we actually want to spend time.

For most of us, our dining rooms are probably not the first space we design in our homes. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore them altogether! While designing this space may seem simple at first—all you need is a table and chairs, right??—they can turn out to be trickier than you might think.

That’s because the physical space you have for a dining room hugely impacts the design. Are you designing for a dining area in a studio apartment? Working with a large, open living room/dining room space, a formal dining room, or even a pass-through dining space? There are a lot of variables to consider!

But don’t worry—we’ve got your back. Below, we’re featuring dining room layout ideas for all kinds of spaces, room layouts, and styles. Because this is your year to bite the bullet and design your perfect dining room! And hey, designing your dining room may even inspire you to get some friends together for a casual, fun dinner party!

Formal Dining Room Layouts

In a formal dining room, you have a space where the whole room is dedicated to one thing: dining. These spaces, where the dining room table is the focal point of the room, are perfect for entertaining, as they typically have space to accommodate a larger table and 6+ seats. Other design elements formal dining rooms tend to have? A statement light fixture and a credenza or console for china and linen storage. Keep reading for some of our favorite approaches to formal dining room layouts!

dining room layoutThe Essential Dining Room

This space is what dining room dreams are made of. It has all the classic dining room elements—a table, chairs, and storage. But with simple shapes and clean edges throughout, it has a contemporary look that feels anything but traditional.

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The Key Elements

A spare, minimal layout makes the space feel open and functional—and makes the most of an amazing view. But it also lets you be bold with foundational pieces, like this stunning, sculptural dining room table.

To keep this space feeling decidedly contemporary and minimal, we used a mix of textures, materials, and finishes, giving it a layered and dynamic look. We love the mix of the concrete table with metal and upholstered chairs and a wood credenza. Upholstered dining chairs are perfect for long dinners or for work-from-home days when you don’t have a home office.

Also key to this space: plenty of lighting options. With a mix of overhead lighting and table lamps, you’re able to set the ambiance for any mood or situation—whether that’s a late-night dinner party or homework time with the kids.

This Look is Perfect for…

Those with a contemporary, minimalist aesthetic. It might not be the best for households with youngsters. But if you have kids and still can’t get enough of this look, simply opt for a performance fabric in a darker color or for chairs made of wood for those inevitable spills!

dining room layoutAll About Those Bay Windows

This is a fun, bohemian take on the traditional dining room, with bold colors and rich textures throughout. But, style aside, what this space is really focusing on is those bay windows and making the most of that architectural element in the space!

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The Key Elements

Taking full advantage of bay windows doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice other key dining room design elements. Rather than a traditional credenza, in this space, we opted for a bar cabinet in the corner so it doesn’t block the beautiful view but still gives you space to store alcohol, barware, and extra dishes! This upright cabinet is perfect if your dining room doesn’t have a lot of wall space.

A sleek table and slender chair legs help make the overall space feel larger and more open—great for small spaces that can’t afford a lot of visual clutter. And opting for various wood tones in the furniture keeps the space family-friendly and approachable.

This Look is Perfect for…

Family dinners—or even casual dinner parties!

dining room layoutThe Refined Connoisseur’s Dining Room

This is a dining room made for formal entertaining. With a mix of traditional and contemporary shapes, along with clean, smooth surfaces, this look is refined and intentional. But, despite its formal vibe, it has a relaxed finish that keeps it approachable.

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The Key Elements

This space takes a minimal approach to styling—aka, there’s not a lot of stuff in here. This leaves room for more traditional and ornamental foundational pieces. A neutral color palette keeps this smaller dining area from feeling cluttered. To lean into the formal and traditional vibe, incorporate plenty of natural touches—like a rustic wood dining table, flowers and woven accessories to add a fresh feeling to the space, and a marble-top* credenza.

*Cleaning tip for marble: Make sure to use gentle, non-acidic cleaners on marble surfaces, as harsh cleaners will stain the surface. To clean, wipe down with a damp cloth, soaked in warm water.

This Look is Perfect for…

Someone wanting an approachable yet refined space for entertaining.

Dining Room + Kitchen Layout Combo

Small layouts can present a challenge for dining spaces. Sometimes you need to sneak in a dining area as part of your kitchen. This is often the case in small apartments and studios, or even if you have a home but it doesn’t have space for a formal dining room. But being short on space doesn’t mean you have to forego a dining area. Below, you’ll find a few examples of ways to approach this type of layout, along with tips for how to make them shine!

dining room layoutThe Look: Le Petit Dining Room

This dining space is small, but it’s certainly not lacking in style! With just a corner off the kitchen to dedicate to formal dining, there’s not a lot of space to work with. But the wall color and thoughtful design elements make this space feel intentional and oh-so-chic.

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The Key Elements

A round table gives you more flexibility to squeeze extra seating around the table—and it also won’t draw attention to any awkward angles within the space that could emphasize how small it is. To maximize seating in a smaller area, pair a bench with chairs. You could even opt for a storage bench to maximize this space even further! Overall, opt for furniture with open bases, which will be visually airier and make the space feel less cluttered.

This Look is Perfect for…

Someone who won’t let a small space keep them from having the glam dinner party they deserve.

The Look: The Breakfast Nook

Have a small corner? That’s all you need to create a cozy breakfast nook! We love the bright and airy vibe of this space. And you know what? It’s not just for breakfast. Who says you can’t host a small dinner party in a breakfast nook??

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The Key Elements

The key to a breakfast nook is appropriate and ample seating. Our favorite solution is a corner banquette bench. It provides plenty of seating and makes the best use of the space. A mobile bar cart next to the dining area is great for storage, but can also be used as a serving station for brunch! And a round rug is great for awkward spaces or corner set-ups, as it doesn’t draw attention to the shape or size of the space!

This Look is Perfect for…

Making the most of a small corner and bringing the breakfast nook of your dreams to life!

Living Room + Dining Room Layout Combo

Open living room/dining rooms are a very common feature in modern homes. And as wonderful as open layouts are, it can be difficult to design two rooms in one! These living room/dining room combos appear in many different types of open floor plans—from large and expansive to small and cozy, or even split-level. The key to nailing this look and making the entire space feel complete is knowing how to place your dining area within the context of your open space. Keep reading for more tips!

dining room layoutThe Look: The All-In-One Space

This space has it all: a living room, a dining room, and even a kitchen! Completely open floor-plans can feel intimidating to tackle, but the openness also gives you the opportunity to create some major flow and cohesive style in your space!

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The Key Elements

In an all-in-one space, a larger dining table is key—and leaving ample space around the table creates flow and allows for easy movement throughout the room. In this space, we opted for a rectangular shape, which echoes the shape of the room. This larger table easily seats six, which is great for entertaining. A consistent color scheme throughout all three areas makes the overall space feel cohesive. With varying shades of grey contrasting with bright whites, this space feels contemporary, polished, and considered.

This Look is Perfect for…

Someone with a large, open floor plan who wants to create a cohesive space for living, dining and evening entertaining.

dining room layoutThe Look: The Long and Narrow

Some open living room/dining rooms are long and narrow—which creates a whole new design challenge to contend with. These spaces can be tricky to design. But they’re certainly not impossible.

The Key Elements

Start by dividing the two spaces into zones, using your sofa. By floating the sofa between the two spaces, with the back of it facing the dining area, you’re making it feel like it’s own space. Round dining tables work well in this type of space. With no hard angles, it creates easier flow in tighter spaces and doesn’t feel as rigid in the space as a rectangular table would. And this particular table has a visually interesting base which makes this space feel unique and considered. The addition of a hanging plant adds dimension to without taking up precious floor space.

This Look is Perfect for…

Someone who wants to maximize a long and narrow living room/dining room without sacrificing any style.

dining room layoutThe Look: Two’s Company

When it’s just you and a roommate or significant other, a sweet, small dining corner is all you need. And sometimes, that’s all the space you can afford in a small house or apartment! Even if your home only offers one, smaller space for both living and dining, you can certainly maximize what you’ve got to give your space a dual purpose.

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The Key Elements

In this type of space, think small: an apartment-sized sofa and a petite dining table. This will allow you to create two zones without the space feeling cluttered or overwhelming. Then, look for small but mighty storage options to maximize functionality and minimize footprint. A mirror helps reflect and light and can help open up a small space, and a light fixture over the dining table helps that space feel intentional. Finally, a rug in each area helps create distinct “zones,” but the addition of a cowhide rug layered over the edges of both connects the spaces and keeps the overall room feel cohesive!

This Look is Perfect for…

Sneaking in a dining space in a small home or apartment—a perfect arrangement for dinner for two!

Dining Area In A Studio Apartment

Studio apartments are tricky spaces to design, no matter what. You’re trying to fit all the elements of a home into one small, open space while keeping it from feeling cluttered. Add in a dining area and it might feel impossible. Might as well just eat dinner on the sofa, right? No, don’t give up! If you want a distinct dining space in your studio, rest assured that it can be done. You’ll just have to combine it with other functions to get the most out of your small space. Keep reading for some of our best small-space dining tips and tricks!

dining room layoutThe Look: The Corner Table

This cute dining space is made possible by clever design tricks that not only complement the fun and eclectic feel of this space, but even enhance it! This small space is big on style and creative layout solutions.

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The Key Elements

For a small, eclectic space, cash in on a few pieces that will help your space feel lighter and brighter! Namely: a large mirror and clear dining chairs. You can also cut some (literal) corners by going for a round table, which is more suitable in a tight space. The tulip base allows chairs to tuck neatly under the table. Tucking the whole arrangement in the corner helps you take advantage of a space that might otherwise go underutilized or unused!

This Look is Perfect for…

The studio apartment-dweller who still likes to entertain! (Or just wants a dedicated space other than the couch to eat dinner.)

dining room layoutThe Look: The Work-Dine Station

Dual-purpose furniture is an absolute necessity in a small space. Combining a dining and working area is perfect for students or if you often work from home. And placing the table in a corner nook makes the dining space feel like it’s own cozy zone!

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The Key Elements

For this set-up, we love the idea of using a bar-height table. Varying heights in a small room helps the space feel more dynamic and less visually cluttered. And if you opt for stools rather than bar chairs, you can even tuck them completely underneath the table to save on floor space when the table is not in use!

This Look is Perfect for…

Someone who likes to work from home—and therefore needs a desk set-up—but who doesn’t want to sacrifice the option of having a friend or two over for dinner!

 

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Layout Guide: 2 Fun & Functional Kids Room Layout Ideas

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In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of designing a kids’ room with an L-shaped layout so that it’s fun, functional, and for the long haul. 

The Space: An L-shaped kids’ bedroom with an alcove

The Style: Modern Eclectic (with a youthful twist!)

The Challenge: Maximizing an L-shaped floor plan in a kids’ room so that it’s fun and functional!

For a family home with children or teens, one of the most exciting spaces to design is your kids room. Why? Because it’s a space that lets you explore fun ideas with your kids and bring in furniture that’s colorful and even maybe a little unexpected.

Before you get to the decorating, though, having clear ideas about your kid’s bedroom layout is essential. You want to make sure you’ve thought through the major questions like ‘Where will the bed go?’ and ‘Do we need more storage outside of the closet?’ or ‘Should we get a desk for them now?’

To provide a little guidance on that front, we came up with an L-shaped kids’ bedroom design and devised two layouts that make the most of the space. Take peek below at our stylish and practical bedroom layouts and pick up our tips for designing your own kids’ bedroom at home.

kids room layoutLayout Idea #1: The Playful Hangout Pad

With this kids’ room layout, the primary focus was to create a bright space that’s upbeat and all about relaxing. Keeping those ideas in mind, we divided up the L-shaped floor plan into two distinct areas, with the bed and reading nook on one side and storage on the other.

To make clear that the bed and reading corner should be viewed as one zone, we connected those spaces using a palette of rainbow hues, from the textured rugs to the multi-colored hanging garlands.

While we didn’t hold back on the bright and whimsical use of color, we made sure to keep the furnishings clean-lined and minimalist, from the spacious dresser that’s seamlessly tucked away to the bed and nightstands that are both child and teen-friendly.

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kids room layoutWhy This Bedroom Layout Works

Functional Spacing. The smart division of the L-shaped layout into two separate spaces for sleep and storage make this kids’ room perfect for a child and teenager alike. The position of the bed facing the reading nook and the colorful rugs used in those areas emphasizes this delineation of spaces in a way that still looks and feels visually cohesive, open, and airy.

Practical Mixed With Poppy Pieces. Like any other room in the home, the kids’ bedroom needs a balanced mix of fun and hardworking furniture. Instead of focusing on only kids’ furnishings, this space brings together a clean-lined bed, chairs, tables and storage pieces that will grow with your child or teenager. Always start with those foundational pieces and the layer in the color.

Clever Use Of Bright Colors. The vibrant rugs under the bed and seating area are great examples of a versatile approach to bright colors in a kids’ bedroom design. The primary colors in the rugs are a great jumping-off point for the colorful pillows, the art, and the colorful garlands that were brought into the room. But what’s key is that all of these colorful accessories, rugs included, can be easily swapped out as needed, or when you or your kid get tired of it.

kids room layoutWill This Layout Work In Your Space? Yes If You…

  • Want a light, bright kids’ bedroom design that’s fun and colorful but not overly kids’ themed
  • Like the idea of a kids room layout that can easily be restyled over the years to easily incorporate everything from new colors to more grown-up accents
  • Have a small child or preteen and you want to set up their space and invest early on in furniture that’s going to last for years, like a bed that they can grow into
  • Are keen on giving your kid a space of their own where they can read, play, and kick back with friends as they get older

kids room layoutLayout Idea #2: The Streamlined Sleep-Work Space

For this kids room layout, we optimized the floor plan by creating three different functional areas for sleep, work, and play. The main ideas we had for this layout were to create a mini live-work studio-style bedroom space that’s perfect for a preteen or teen.

To start, we positioned the bed horizontally in the L-shaped layout, which helped turn the main area in the room into a space in and of itself. We then transformed the nook into a small study area and made the last recess area a storage and art display space.

We leaned into the mid-century modern look when it came to the furniture and made sure to also bring in streamlined white office furniture, which was key to setting apart the work area from the rest of the bedroom.

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Why This Bedroom Layout Works

Well-Designed Zones. The sleep, work, and play zones are a smart use of the L-shaped layout and they make this kids’ room the perfect multipurpose space for any child or teenager. The gray accent wall-backed bed area feels cozy and almost separate from the more streamlined office nook. Meanwhile, the dressing area with the storage piece doubles as a hangout spot as needed. These all add up to spaces that are comfy and practical on their own as well as all together.

A Curated Contemporary-Boho Mix. The furniture mix is anything but juvenile and more and more we’re seeing that trickle into kids’ bedroom designs. At the end of the day, your kid’s bedroom will also be their personal hideout and home for a handful of years, so choose pieces that inspire and sit well with them. The mix of mid-century wood pieces, like the bed and dresser, the sleek white desk and bookcase, and the neutral-hued rugs and accents all give it an eclectic look and a thoughtfully curated boho vibe.

Strong Neutrals That Last. If you’re not one for kiddy themes and lots of colors, go with tried-and-true neutrals. Lean into warm woods, gray textures, and white tones, all of which will instantly make any kid’s room feel elevated but still fun. The key is to go with classic furnishings with hues that will give you a versatile and long-lasting foundation to build from and on top of over many years. If you’re drawing a blank with ideas for color, this is always a foolproof approach. You can always layer in bits of color, like a geometric rug, cool art, or funky pillows.

Will This Layout Work In Your Space? Yes If You…

  • Want a kids’ bedroom design that looks and feels sophisticated and has grown-up furniture that’s stylish and functional, like the rest of your home
  • Like the idea of giving your child a live-work space that they can call their own and treat as their personal haven
  • Prefer a kids’ room where the bed isn’t the dominating piece of furniture in the entire space
  • Enjoy the rustic, boho, modern mix and want to bring that aesthetic to your kids’ space without it feeling overdone

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16 Ways to Design a Living Room With a Fireplace

Living rooms are arguably the most important areas of the house. They’re where you get to chill out, relax, entertain guests, and unwind after a long day. And do you know what makes them even more inviting? Having a fireplace. Getting to kick back and luxuriate in front of a roaring fire is a wonderful thing to look forward to after work or on the weekend. However, a living room with fireplace design can be a tricky interior design challenge. How do you incorporate a living room fireplace into your layout and interior design plans?

There are definitely some extra considerations beyond our basic living room checklist when you’re dealing with the design combo of a living room layout with fireplace. Will you want space for TV viewing as well as fireplace seating? Do you want the fireplace to be the main focal point? Does the fireplace actually work or is it just for show?

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We’ve put together 11 living room layouts that show you how to design around a fireplace so you can start to envision different possibilities for your home. Keep scrolling to explore the looks!

a living room with a fireplace decorated in modern farmhouse style

1. Living Room with Fireplace in the Middle of a Long Wall

This space features a basic living room layout with a fireplace, with the fireplace actively incorporated into the design. It’s a conversational setup with enough seating for large gatherings. And while the fireplace isn’t the main focal point, it’s seamlessly incorporated into the space so everyone can still enjoy it.

The Key Design Elements:

This layout features furniture “floating” in the middle of the room. The foundational furniture pieces are pulled away from walls, making the fireplace the centerpiece of the space, but not the main focal point (learn more about floating furniture). The layout leaves room around the perimeter for other functions you might enjoy, like a reading nook, office space, room for a bar cart, etc.

There is lots of seating here, including the chairs, stools, and sofa. And the best part is that the chairs swivel and stools can easily be moved for a more flexible arrangement. This helps keep the focus on the center of the conversation circle—which is all great for entertaining! Stools in front of the fireplace give you a place to sit and warm up, and you can move them to the other side of the coffee table if needed!

This Layout is Great If You…

Love conversation in front of the fireplace and like to entertain and gather in a cozy setting.

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coastal style living room with a blue sofa facing a fireplace and two white wingback chairs

2. A Seating Area with the Fireplace as the Focal Point

This layout also facilitates conversation, but we specifically arranged the furniture around the living room fireplace to keep it as the main focus of the room. It’s a great setup for cozying up in front of a fireplace with intimate seating—as evidenced by the use of wingback chairs, the original “fireplace chairs.”

The Key Design Elements:

This layout enables easy conversation but could also work for TV viewing—you can just swap mantel decor for a flatscreen. The view faces out the window so you can enjoy the scenery of nature! The two armchairs are grouped in front of the window and can be incorporated into a cozy conversational area with the sofa.

This design also leaves enough open space behind the sofa to work as a dining area, reading area, office space, etc. This layout is nice if you have a bigger, open living-dining room you want to divide into two zones to maximize space.

This Layout is Great If You…

Enjoy having a view outside the window, or if you like intimate settings and a close-knit gathering place.

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Neutral color scheme living room with two facing sofas flanking a fireplace

3. A Symmetrical Living Room with Built-ins Flanking the Fireplace

We love more formal living room design ideas, where you have matching sofas facing each other. It’s optimal for conversation and entertaining purposes. This is not the best layout for TV viewing, but it’s great for reading books, having coffee, and entertaining friends.

The Key Design Elements:

This living room features a symmetrical layout that’s open on one side so it pulls you directly into the conversation circle. The fireplace wall creates a U-shape area with bookcases for extra visual interest. The fireplace and art are the main focus of the room without the distraction of TV.

The space feels super open and welcoming because the windows and ledge break up the solid wall. The seating is a formal arrangement—it’s not versatile as the sofas are large and stationary, but it’s a lovely set up for sophisticated entertaining.

This Layout is Great If You…

Love inviting guests into a beautiful formal living area or if you want a quiet space to enjoy your fireplace.

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eclectic living room design with a corner fireplace and red walls

4. A Casual Living Room with a Corner Fireplace

This casual layout incorporates the stone fireplace into the overall design of the space without it being the centerpiece. It has a lounge feel with rocking chairs and casual decor around the fireplace. The seating is open with space between the fireplace and sofa, creating a warm, inviting layout.

Want more ideas on designing a living room with a corner fireplace layout? Check out this guide to 3 different ways you can tackle this tricky space.

The Key Design Elements:

The floating furniture is pulled away from walls and windows and creates a casual seating area that’s not so tight around the heat of the fire. That way, the fireplace is a nice “surprise” in the corner—it’s part of the space but not the main focal point! The TV is situated across from the sofa so it’s there for easy viewing but doesn’t compete with the fireplace—making this a great option for designing a living room with a TV and a fireplace.

The seating here is more fluid, meaning can move the furniture around to accommodate different uses. (Specifically the two chairs.) This is a great setup for playing games with the family! There’s lots of space for foot traffic around furniture pieces and throughout the room.

This Layout is Great If You…

Want to enjoy a lounge feel with TV viewing and a fireplace ambiance. 

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contemporary living room with a fireplace and a gray sectional sofa

5. An Open Living Room Layout with the Fireplace Open to an Adjoining Space

This layout features an L-shaped sectional that faces both the living room fireplace and open kitchen/dining area. The floating furniture layout without pieces anchored on the walls opens the room up to other spaces and allows for conversation without feeling tight and cramped.

The Key Design Elements:

This layout features furniture in line with the fireplace, keeping it open for traffic to move throughout the space. The L-shaped sofa defines the space but also leaves lots of open room so it doesn’t feel cumbersome and inhibited in any way. It’s a great way to divide open space into distinct areas for different uses.

This Layout is Great If You…

Want an open flow to easily move through the space and to see and converse with people in other rooms.

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living room with two leather armchairs and a sofa in front of the fireplace

6. A Living Room Layout Where the Fireplace is Behind the Sofa

We are super into this unexpected layout idea for a living room with a fireplace! If you have a nonfunctional fireplace and/or don’t want to incorporate it into your layout, putting a sofa in front of it is a great way to maximize space. With this living room furniture arrangement, the seating area is spun around, opening up into the larger space. It also uses the fireplace as an architectural backdrop!

The Key Design Elements:

The layout features a sofa facing out, with its back against the fireplace—keeping the view and conversation away from the fireplace. We chose a luxe chaise sectional to create a stunning centerpiece in the room. An office in the living room allows the space to be multifunctional— otherwise, the fireplace might’ve taken up too much space. The living room features a mix of styles and allows the quirkiness of the layout to feel intentional.

This Layout is Great If You…

Love a unique look in your living room, if you don’t plan to use your fireplace but don’t want it to create wasted space, or if you want a lounge feel that’s open for conversation and cocktails.

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eclectic living room design with a corner fireplace

7. A Casual Lounge with a Stylish But Non-Functional Fireplace

This is a great layout if you are using your fireplace as a decorative element, not a functional feature of the space. Plus, the corner fireplace is at the end of the room as a backdrop—it’s not the focal point but it definitely makes a statement in this space!

The Key Design Elements:

Give the Fireplace Function: The non-functional corner fireplace acts as functional decor by being used as a bookshelf—with books lined up inside the hearth. The fireplace mantel decor adds an extra dash of style, creating a casual and un-intimidating design.

Play Up the Casual Vibe: When you have a non-functional but stylish fireplace like this, embrace the vibe by creating a casual, bohemian-style lounge to sit and relax. Low furniture pieces like the stool, chair, and pouf all have a super casual, relaxed look. A cowhide rug helps ground the casual seating area, while abstract and textural wall art helps tie this space in with the adjacent dining room.

This Layout is Great If You…

Want a casual, inviting space; if you like lounging near the fireplace and but don’t want the actual heat; or if you have a non-functional fireplace that’s more for aesthetics.

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large living room with tall ceilings, a fireplace, and contemporary decor scheme

8. A Symmetrical Conversational Fireplace Layout

This is another great layout that’s all about conversation and face time with your guests. The sofa faces the living room fireplace and the chairs flank the fireplace and face the sofa for the ultimate conversational setup. Furniture floats in the space but is grounded by symmetry and a large rug so the room feels very intentional and put together.

The Key Design Elements:

A visually grounded sofa anchors the seating area, while smaller accent chairs surround the front of the fireplace to create a “circular” conversation center. The pouf comes in handy because it can be used as a footstool in front of any of the seats or as extra seating itself. Chairs can be moved around to face the fireplace or look out the window when you don’t want a closed conversation circle. And bookcases flank the fireplace for added visual appeal—you can even add a reading nook or study to the space.

This Layout is Great If You…

Love family game nights, enjoy curling up with a good book or coffee in front of the fireplace, or just want a light, open layout.

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living room with a black accent wall and a TV next to the fireplace layout

9. A Living Room with a TV to the Side of the Fireplace

Want a TV and fireplace in your living room? When you have a living room with a fireplace, but you also want a TV for watching movies and shows, you’re more limited with your layout options. Here, the fireplace is the focal point of the living room, but the TV is just off to the side for easy viewing.

The Key Design Elements:

Choose a Dark Paint Color: By painting the fireplace wall a darker color, the TV blends in and becomes less of a focal point. By helping it not stand out as much, it doesn’t take attention away from the fireplace when it’s not in use.

Balance Out the TV: Since the TV is to one side of the fireplace, you want to visually balance the fireplace wall by placing another weighty item along the wall. This helps the overall layout feel more polished and intentional. We put a full-length floor mirror and tall plant on the opposite side of the fireplace, but you could also do a bookcase or cabinet if you want extra storage.

This Layout is Great If You…

Enjoy snuggling up by the fireplace but don’t want to sacrifice watching TV. It’s also great for families with kids, since the sofa directly faces the TV but isn’t the main star of the room.

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Living room design with a leather sofa and a fireplace on a slanted wall

10. A Living Room With Fireplace on a Slanted Corner Wall

The fireplace in this room is tucked in the corner, with the brickwork popping out into the room a bit, creating an additional slanted wall within the space. This, combined with the large mantle, makes it a pronounced focal point within the room. To celebrate that, we gave this living room an unexpected layout.

The Key Design Elements:

Play Up the Angle: Instead of facing the sofa toward the long wall or the windows, fighting against this architectural element of a corner fireplace, we decided to embrace it. To do this, we placed the sofa at an angle as well, directly facing the fireplace. It’s worth noting that this layout only works in an open-concept space where you have the room to put the living room furniture at an angle without blocking walkways or entrances.

Fill Out the Space: Having just a sofa angled toward the corner fireplace in an open room like this would make the space feel pretty sparse. So, we incorporated extra accent furniture to help fill out the space—including a bookcase and a bench along the windows. There’s also a sitting chair to the left of the sofa to help fill out the seating area itself.

This Layout is Great If You…

Want the corner fireplace to remain the focal point and want the seating arrangement around it or want a more formal living room set up with an unexpected twist.

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living room with dark grey walls and a formal fireplace with a sectional sofa and green armchair

11. A Cozy Seating Area in Front of the Fire with a Chaise Sectional

This layout features living room furniture pulled off the walls and arranged closer to the fireplace for a cozy feeling. The big armchair offers a place to sit, relax, and drink wine by the fire and the sectional creates a more casual, relaxed look. It’s an ideal furniture arrangement for conversation and small groups.

The Key Design Elements:

This design features a cozy, intimate seating arrangement with a singular chair to keep the space open. The chaise on the far side from the fireplace creates a cozy feel and a conversation circle without blocking the fireplace. And the setup makes sure to keep the fireplace front and center as the focal point!

This Layout is Great If You…

Want to cozy up in front of the fireplace and like smaller, more intimate settings.

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modern boho living room design with a white brick fireplace and two flanking grey sofas

12. A Living Room that Treats the Fireplace as a Visual Backdrop

This layout features symmetrical sofas that frame the fireplace. Armchairs block in the seating area from the inside in order to keep space open as you walk in, using the fireplace more as a backdrop. It provides a cozy, conversational seating area without closing off the far side of the room.

The Key Design Elements:

Matching sofas and chairs keep the room symmetrical and classy while also providing comfortable seating options for you and guests. The ottoman and chairs are easily movable for different arrangements and needs for space. And you can enjoy the fireplace from the chairs, ottomans and even from the sofas.

This Layout is Great If You…

Love having large groups of people over but don’t want your living space to feel cluttered with seating options.

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family room with a fireplace and a white sectional across from a TV

13. A Basement Family Room with Fireplace

We’ve talked a lot about main living spaces with fireplaces—but what about a basement family room with a fireplace? This is a super cozy element to have in a space where coziness and comfort is key! But many family rooms are primarily geared toward entertainment and play spaces, so it’s important to focus on those functions without ignoring the fireplace.

The Key Design Elements:

Create a Cozy Lounge Space: Opting for a large sectional offers plenty of space for family and guests to spread out and casually enjoy the space. It’s facing the TV—perfect for movie nights—but is also a great place to curl up and read or oversee playtime with a cup of coffee.

Get Practical: The fireplace adds a practical touch, helping to warm up a cold basement room. And since the chaise section of the sofa is on the opposite side of the room, the fireplace is more incorporated into the design of the room rather than being blocked off. So, you can easily enjoy the fireplace without it being the focal point of the space.

This Layout is Great If You…

Want to establish a kid-friendly space that the whole family can enjoy.

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small living room with a fireplace design

14. A Small Living Room with Fireplace

When you have a small living room with a fireplace, you generally don’t have much choice but to make the fireplace a focal point. In such a small space, it’s really front and center! Balancing furniture on either side of the fireplace helps make the best use of this space.

The Key Design Elements:

Get Cozy: The furniture is closer together than you might have in a typical living room, but it has to be to fit a sofa and two chairs. But since the pieces have simple silhouettes, the space feels snug and open rather than cluttered and cramped.

Keep the Design More Minimal: With both a small living room and a fireplace, you don’t want to overfill the space and make it feel cramped. Instead, be picky about what you bring into the space, and lean toward a more minimal aesthetic, making sure everything has a purpose. The neutral palette is soothing and helps keep the room from feeling too busy.

This Layout is Great If You… have a small living space but want it to feel polished and upscale, since the furniture facing each other feels more formal.

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long and narrow living room with a fireplace

15. A Long, Narrow Living Room With a Fireplace at the Far End

When you have a fireplace at the far end of a long, narrow living room, it can be challenging to know how to approach your room’s layout. Grouping all of your seeing around the fireplace would be tight, and it would also mean there was a ton of empty space behind the seating area. The solution? Create two separate seating areas to maximize the long and narrow living room.

The Key Design Elements:

Frame the Fireplace: We used art, an area rug, and chairs to frame the fireplace and make it more a part of the overall design of the space.

Create Two Seating Areas: In this living room, seating is zoned into two areas, but the fireplace is visible and can be enjoyed from both areas.

This Layout is Great If You…

Have a long, narrow space and want to still enjoy the fireplace from all areas of the room.

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16. A Living Room with a Fireplace and TV on the Same Wall

Can’t decide between a fireplace and TV when choosing the focal point of your living room? What if you didn’t have to decide?? If the wall above your fireplace allows it, you can hang your TV directly above the fireplace, so you can enjoy either element without moving—or even enjoy both at the same time! It’s a practical move that doesn’t take away from the beauty of your fireplace.

The Key Design Elements:

Create a Sense of Balance: The fireplace is naturally centered in the room, so we balanced the furniture on each side of it. The two chairs are larger, so they visually feel like the same weight as the sofa.

Add in Other Functions: Just because the TV and fireplace combo is the focal point of the living room doesn’t mean you can’t embrace other functions for the space. In fact, the furniture arrangement itself offers you a great space for conversation, and there’s even room behind the sofa to place an exercise bike!

This Layout is Great If You…

Don’t have any other solid walls where you can place your TV, or if your living room is also open to your dining room or kitchen and you want to be able to see the TV from each space.

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