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My Modsy Story: Balancing My Love of Knick-knacks with a Classic Design

As a realtor, Meredith makes it her mission to help her clients find their dream homes. But her busy schedule and penchant for sparkly home goods left her own home feeling cluttered and neglected for 5 years.

 

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Homeowner: Meredith K.

Spaces: Living Room and Dining Room

My Style: Rustic Traveler

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The Backstory

Five years ago, I moved into the house that had belonged to my grandparents. It was built in 1938 and is loaded with charming accents like crown molding, a beautiful fireplace, and dramatic arched entryways leading from the living room to the dining area.

When I moved in, I brought the furniture I already owned. None of it really fit well in the space, but with my busy career in real estate, I became so focused on making my clients happy in their homes that I was forsaking my own design dreams.

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The Design Dilemma

I’d say that I have good taste, but a busy schedule and penchant for sparkly home goods had left my house feeling cluttered and disjointed. After living this way for so long, I was starting to feel a little frazzled in my space. Plus, my adorable 16-week-old kitten was wreaking havoc on my furniture! So, when some of my real estate clients mentioned the convenience and nominal price of Modsy, I jumped at the chance to get the design help I’d needed for so long.

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The Modsy Moment

When I saw my 3D designs for the first time, I thought “HOLY $#@&! Can my house really look this good?” I was just so excited to know that each item in the design was to scale, would fit perfectly in my space, and was selected based on my particular style and layout needs.

The designs my designer created for me included upholstered items that were cute and kitty-proof. There was also plenty of storage for my sparkly ephemera, but the design was aesthetically balanced enough to not compete with my more flamboyant keepsakes. (I have a gold octopus figurine in a birdcage in my dining room and I’m keeping it there!) It was also nice to have the 3D Editor to try out my own design ideas for the space, which was much easier than moving my actual sofa around the living room. My designer and I were able to communicate design concepts both visually and over email, making the whole process a breeze.

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The Real Results

Once the design portion of my project was done, it was so nice to be able to place all the items I liked from my design directly into my cart and purchase them all at once. As I wait for each item to arrive, I am refinishing my floors, painting, and hanging drapery. It’s all so fun and makes me feel even more exhilarated to bring my beautiful design together in real life!

 

 

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Spice Up a Gray Living Room With These 9 Color Schemes

Gray (or “grey” if you’re British) is one of the most classic and versatile colors in interior design. And a gray living room, contrary to what many people think, doesn’t have to be boring!

More than any color, shades of gray span across all styles and aesthetics, from calming to chic to casual. But most of all, gray is a great neutral base you can easily play up or down to suit your space. You can go bold with moody gray paint colors for your walls, or you can opt for a gray living room with furniture in softer shades to add a bit of flair without too much drama. There are endless stylish gray living room ideas you can experiment with, but it really comes down to what’s right for your home and space.

Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite gray living room ideas in a range of styles and looks to inspire your own space at home. Plus, we’ve included tips for how to work in different gray room color schemes and combos along the way. Read on to find out more!

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1. Gray and Blue

When it comes to gray living room ideas, this is a classic interior design color scheme. It’s perfect if you want a gray living room that’s easy to work with. Most shades of gray and blue will work well together—it just depends on how cool or warm you want your space to feel.

Consider a wide range of gray paint colors to start. Deeper grays and blues will play up a sense of coziness while lighter shades will give your room an airier look and feel.

Be sure to also mix in a neutral color, like the off-white seen here that warms up the design a bit. A white sofa is always a great neutral anchor. (If you’re not sure about a white couch, read our guide on should you get a white sofa?) Finally, mix in metallic details for polished finishing touches, whether it’s chrome that reflects light or brass coffee table legs that add sparkle.

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2. Gray and Teal

If you love a color scheme that’s effortlessly glamorous, consider the teal and gray living room. With this combination, you’ll want to lean towards darker gray paint colors for your walls to match the drama of teal.

Additionally, because teal is such a bold color, a little goes a long way no matter the interior design of your space. Use it as a pop of color, like this tufted sofa, which brings an energetic and eclectic-chic vibe to the space.

This is one of our favorite gray living room ideas given the effortlessly elegant look. Round it all out with lots of small metallic touches, like brass or silver or gold, to balance out the boldness of the colors. Check out our gallery of living room design ideas for more ways to layer in teal and polished accents.

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3.Gray, Pink, and Gold

For a gray living room color scheme that’s not overwhelmingly gray, we love this soft, feminine, and glam combination. It’s also one of the simplest gray living room ideas to pull off at home.

Blush, gray, and gold make for a foolproof interior design palette. It has modern appeal and is versatile and easy to work with. Any style furniture in these colors will mix together seamlessly. Our designers love pairing Mid-Century and glam designs in these hues.

With this palette, it’s also a good idea to anchor your space with a light gray living room sofa. This provides an easy foundation for you to add in blush upholstery and other shades of gray and touches of gold without it all feeling like ‘too much’. Another key trick is to balance this palette with pops of white as a way to lighten up the palette even more.

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4. Gray and Mustard Yellow

Part casual, part contemporary-chic, this is the perfect color scheme for a gray living room look that’s laid-back but still feels sophisticated.

If you love modern and contemporary interior design but want colors that are family-friendly, gray and mustard yellow is your answer. It’s a palette that feels urban and hip as well as livable. Try keeping to one mustard-yellow tone, then pair it with varying shades of gray in your furnishings and patterns, like the striped rug, pillows, and sofa here.

When it comes to approachable gray living room ideas, this is likely the most everyday-friendly, as the colors are warm and inviting to look at but still provide a fun pop.

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5. Gray, Camel, and Rust

File this under masculine gray living room ideas with a twist. Gray and camel are a handsome and sophisticated color scheme, but when you add in rust hues, you’ll have a palette that’s deeply warm, welcoming, and modern.

This is a gray living room look that’s rooted in moody shades of gray, so opt for upholstery and gray paint colors on the darker side. Offset the deep grays with camel and rust in both big and small ways, such as the tan-leather armchairs, suede pillows, earthy-hued art and accents here.

Additionally, this is a color approach that goes especially well with minimal and contemporary interior design styles with a traditional sway. Take a cue from the armless sofa, rounded edges of the armchairs, and the streamlined coffee table here. You’ll also want to keep to modern materials, such as leather, suede, and metal, which lend a sense of richness and timelessness to this palette.

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6. Gray, White, and Black

Edgy and modern, you can’t beat the foolproof look of a gray, white, and black color scheme. For those who love the contemporary loft or city apartment vibe, this color approach will give you a gray living room look with a similar cool and curated interior design aesthetic.

With gray living room ideas that are grounded in high-contrast shades, the key is to create warmth by adding in lots of texture into your interior design elements. For instance, in this gray living room, the woven wool rug, the array of patterned pillows, and the mix of wood and metal furniture throughout provide hard and soft contrast as well as add depth to the space.

Just keep in mind that this palette looks best with industrial, minimal, and modern styles, so make sure to stick to furniture and accents that are clean-lined and feature high-contrast tones. You’ll also want to make sure there are plenty pops of white to break up all the dark shades. Check out our Guide to Decorating With White for tips on working in white tones.

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7. Gray and Purple

This color scheme guarantees an elegant and formal gray living room. That’s because pairing gray and purple naturally results in a glam and elevated interior design look. It’s one of few gray living room ideas where the palette will always look and feel on trend and of-the-moment.

While all shades of gray will work, we love a softer shade because darker grays can sometimes appear muddy next to purple. So keep to lighter gray paint colors and furniture to start, like the tufted chesterfield sofa and paneled walls in this living room. Then mix in a range of purple tones, from mauve to lavender to deep plum, such as the ottoman, overdyed rug, and abstract art here. To round out the palette, add metallic touches, especially brass, to break up the colors.

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8. Gray and Sage

If you’re working with a large open living space, soft gray and sage can make for a very attractive color scheme. It brings both an airiness and earthy vibe to your interior design, resulting in a gray living room that’s anything but stuffy.

Sage is a soothing color, and light gray has an ease and groundedness to it, so together they can bring a sense of calm and comfort to large living rooms. Pairing this palette with natural materials like wool, jute, and wood will help bring in a more balanced feeling. The key is to also mix in pops of black that are evenly spread throughout the room as small focal points to add depth and contrast.

This color pairing is definitely one of our more unique gray living room ideas, since most people don’t immediately consider pairing light gray and sage. But it can really warm up a spacious living room when they’re thoughtfully layered together.

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9. Gray and Beige

If you think a beige and gray living room sounds boring, think again. While this color scheme can easily fall flat, it can also be the most comfortable and cozy palette when there are tons of textures mixed into the room.

The key to mastering a gray and beige palette is to pull in as many textured furnishings as you can into your design. Here, the plush gray sectional, woven tan rug, marble table with brass legs, natural-fiber basket, and textured pillows and curtains all add up to cozy touches that lend major comfort to the room. Try also aiming for beige tones in larger furniture pieces, such as wood cabinets and side tables to enrich the overall gray and neutral palette.

If you love modern rustic interior design but want a family-friendly space, this is one of the best gray living room ideas that marries both.

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12 Fool-Proof Color Schemes for Blue Rooms

Finding the right color palette when designing a room can be quite a challenge. Whether you’re designing a room around a favorite piece of furniture, a dreamy wall color, or starting completely from scratch, you want to make sure the colors you choose complement your space and style. Of course, sometimes you know you want to decorate a room with a certain color, but you aren’t sure what other colors to use in the space to support the look you want. Well, we’re here to help.

Today, we’re sharing their favorite color combinations involving blue. It’s one of our most-requested color palettes, and we want to guide you to the right colors to combine with it in your space. So, whether you’re brainstorming blue living room designs or blue bedroom designs, we can help guide you to some foolproof ways to incorporate blue into a bold and adventurous color palette, or for a perfectly classic look.

We’ve rounded up 12 blue color scheme design ideas to inspire your blue room design!

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The Color Scheme: Blue and White

Number one on our blue room color schemes? A blue and white color palette. It’s one of the most classic color combinations out there. It can work in any space, and you can really use any shade of blue with white.

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How to Get the Look

In a blue and white room, use white as your base color, opting for white upholstery in your main furniture pieces, like a sofa or bed and duvet cover. Then, add blue in accents throughout the room, and even in smaller pieces of furniture. To create color balance, go for 25/75 with blue and white, or even 50/50. Have some items in your space that are both blue and white—like the accent rug in this blue bedroom. For added depth, incorporate various complementary shades of blue—but keep your white shade the same for consistency.

Why We Love It

This is a classic, timeless color scheme that will always be in style. And it’s so versatile, working with so many different styles and spaces.
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The Color Scheme: Navy and Pink

Pink and blue (in this case, navy specifically) is a beautiful and bold color combination. It’s great for both bedrooms and living rooms, and suits modern and transitional styles.

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Begin with navy, adding it as a large wash of color in your space—like a navy sofa or blue paint on the walls. Then, add pink as an accent color throughout the space. Balance pink and blue with other neutrals, like white, black, metallics, or wood tones for a more natural look.

Why We Love It

This color combo is punchy and bold, but the use of navy (versus other shades of blue) keeps it looking sophisticated. We love that it balances dark and light and feels refined even though it’s a fun, playful combo. Check out this post for more pink bedroom inspiration!

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The Color Scheme: Monochromatic Blue

For a bold look, go for blue on blue on blue. With a monochromatic blue look, you can layer pieces that all utilize the same shade of blue, or use various shades of blue for a look with more depth. A monochromatic look works well in any space, but it can feel dark—so it’s best to try this look in a space with a lot of natural light.

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How to Get the Look

Blue walls are a great place to start with this look. But really, add blue everywhere—through furniture, on your rugs, and in your artwork and accessories. Add in complementary colors in subtle ways, but don’t make them the main focus. Here, we used pops of green to add a bit more depth to the space. Incorporating metallics in your furniture will add some light to the space.

Why We Love It

A monochromatic blue room is a bold statement. It creates a luxurious-feeling space that’s full of boldness and sophistication.

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The Color Scheme: Blue, Black, and Natural Materials

Blue, black, and natural materials is another foolproof color combination to use in a blue room. With this trio, we like gravitating toward a more muted blue, like the blue walls pictured above, which pairs beautifully with any wood finish, from light to dark. (Though, when pairing it with black, we prefer a lighter wood finish.)

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How to Get the Look

Balance shades of blue that compliment each other with natural materials, such as jute, wood, rattan, or clay. Then, add accents of black for a bold and edgy touch. Just make sure there are enough natural materials in the space so that it feels like the tones of the materials are a contributing factor in the color scheme and not merely accessories.

Why We Love It

Natural materials really pop against this shade of blue. It’s a great way to incorporate a beautiful color scheme with natural materials throughout.

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The Color Scheme: Blue and Citrine

Citrine, a shade of golden yellow, pairs beautifully with blue—especially a tone of blue that is a little moodier, deeper, and darker. We love this combination in a classic bedroom or living room, as pictured above.

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How to Get the Look

Incorporate large washes of both blue and citrine for a bold look. (Like we did here with the blue wall and citrine sofa.) But trickle these colors into some of the accents throughout the space as well. To balance out the boldness of this color combination, layer in some neutrals, like creams, whites, and black, in the accessories and rugs. For depth and variety, add pops of bright white and brass or gold metallics.

Why We Love It

It’s a classic but bold look. It can feel very sophisticated and regal, but it can also lean Mid-Century Modern depending on the style of the pieces within your space.

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The Color Scheme: Blue, White, and Red

Red, white, and blue is an endlessly classic color combination. It pairs perfectly with Americana-inspired rooms, as well as with traditional and coastal styles.

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How to Get the Look

Use white as your base color, for the walls and large furniture, like a sofa or bed linens. Then, add blue into rugs, accessories, and even accent furniture like a chair. Incorporate pops of red in decor, wall art, and upholstery throughout the space. Make sure there’s a good balance of all the colors, even with one being the primary focus.

Why We Love It

This is a classic color combo that’s hard to mess up. It has that classic Americana vibe, with a 90s nostalgia mixed in, which we can’t get enough of.

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The Color Scheme: Navy, Black, and White

The combination of navy, black, and white pair naturally together, with the black giving a modern edge to a nautical or coastal space.

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How to Get the Look

A crisp white wall is the perfect backdrop to this color palette. Besides that, make blue the prominent color in the space, incorporating it in rugs, pillows, art, and accent furniture. Focus on navy, but feel free to layer in different shades of blue, like sky blue, for lightness and contrast. Use black and white as supporting colors in your furniture and decor. Add in other textures like metals, woods, woven textures to drive home the nautical or coastal vibe.

Why We Love It

This is a classic look with a modern edge. It’s great for beach and lake houses.

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The Color Scheme: Light Blue and Off-White

Light blue mixed with off-white and sandy browns is a great color combination for coastal and rustic style spaces. It’s perfect for living rooms, like the one pictured above, but it’s also a great color scheme for dining rooms and bedrooms.

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How to Get the Look

Layer in various but complementary blue hues with off-white, sand, and natural tones—either in textiles, or natural materials or elements like a wood table. Add plenty of natural and neutral colors to balance out the shades of blue.

Why We Love It

This color combination is both warm and bright—making for an inviting space. Plus, it’s exactly the color scheme you think of when you think of coastal space!
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The Color Scheme: Navy and Gold

The combination of navy and gold tones gives off a regal and formal vibe—but with a slight edge of glam. It’s a perfect color scheme for traditional or classic spaces with a slightly modern flair.

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How to Get the Look

Start with a saturated blue tone, like navy and even a charcoal blue, then accent it with taupe to help ground the space. Incorporate gold in accent furniture and artwork. Adding in interesting textures and shapes will add a modern or glam edge to this more classically inspired color palette.

Why We Love It

This saturated palette is high-impact but easy to pull off, creating a classic but bold look.
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The Color Scheme: Dark Blue and Orange

Blue and orange is a fun and modern color palette that’s great for more casual spaces. And, since blue and orange are complementary colors, it’s easy to get this one right.

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How to Get the Look

This is a bold color combo, so the key is not to overwhelm the space with color. Rather, start with a neutral base in your space (like bright whites and light grays), then accent it with blue and orange. We love it in pops in wall art, pillows, and throws. For something more bold, add the dark blue into an accent wall or try blue or orange in an accent chair. For a more sophisticated look, have the orange lean a bit rusty or even brick red.

Why We Love It

It’s fresh and bold, but the colors are opposite on the color wheel so they really complement each other.

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The Color Scheme: Blue and Green

Blue and green is a fresh and springy color scheme that adds brightness to any space. And it’s pretty flexible, as you can combine almost any shade of blue and green!

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How to Get the Look

To keep the space stylish and bright, keep the room grounded in a base of neutrals. We particularly like a bright white with this color combo. Then, incorporate sage or springy greens and deep blues in accents throughout the space. (In rugs, curtains, accent furnitures, pillows, and throws.) Add them in solids and patterns for added visual interest.

Why We Love It

Shades of blues and greens—especially when paired with crisp neutrals—create a fresh, preppy vibe. It’s a lively and classic color combination.
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The Color Scheme: Blue and Purple

The combination of bright blues and purples plays with warm and cool colors, making a fun and youthful palette. It’s perfect for a kid or teen room.

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How to Get the Look

With this color scheme, you can use any shade of blue and purple. Just keep it bright and fun! Add in whites and light grays to help ground the look, and then add in splashes of pink to pull the whole palette together.

Why We Love It

The combination of various shades of blues and purples brightens up any room, giving it a youthful glow.

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The 10 Golden Rules of Living Room Interior Design

Designing a living room can be hard. Of course, you want your living room to look like the spaces you see in magazines or as an accumulation of your favorite Pinterest images. But your ideas for living room design often stray far from the reality.

It’s no secret that decorating a room can be hard. That’s because it’s not just about buying the right furniture and choosing the perfect neutral paint color or living room decor—you also have to think about how it all comes together. And that’s where many people get stuck. How do you arrange your furniture? What size of rug do you need? How tall should the coffee table be—and how far away from the sofa??

These are questions we get all the time. So today, we’re breaking down our best tips on how to decorate a living room. These living room interior design tips will help just about every space come together and look more thoughtful and intentional. So, keep reading for our 10 Golden Rules for living room design!

Golden Rules Living Rooms1. Land on The Right Layout

Nailing the layout is key for any design. That’s because the layout is the foundation of the space and will guide what you put in it—so it’s a very important first step to consider. But there’s not one right way to lay out a living room.

To figure out what’s right for your space, start by considering how you primarily use your living room. Is it for entertaining? Watching TV at the end of the day? Do you value conversational seating or something more formal? Figuring out your values and use of the space will help guide the layout you choose. Once you land on that, arrange your furniture to suit your needs and how you want to use the space!

So, if you want a conversational layout, make sure you have a sofa and two chairs facing each other to promote face-to-face conversations. If you like entertaining, consider the flow from the living room to the dining room and kitchen—and make sure you have enough surfaces for people to place their drinks! If you’re looking for a TV viewing layout, put your sofa opposite your television. And, of course, you can mix these ideas together as well. But identifying the main purpose of the space will help guide your decisions!

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Golden Rules Living Rooms2. Balance Function and Fashion

Have kids or pets? You definitely want to consider that when putting together your living room. But that doesn’t mean it has to be all function and utility. In fact, we’re big believers in balancing the function of your space with style. Because you really can have both!

For beautiful designs and living room decor that don’t require too much maintenance, consider some of our best kid-friendly design tips: opting for a leather sofa or one with a washable slipcover, durable natural fiber or indoor/outdoor rugs, stashable storage like baskets or fabric bins. And if you have a baby or toddler, consider eliminating sharp corners from your design! All of these things will help you create the perfect balance between form and function—giving you a beautiful space that works for your lifestyle.

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Golden Rules Living Rooms3. Proportion is Key

We’ve all seen rooms where something seemed off. Maybe you weren’t able to put your finger on it in the moment, but if you paused to consider, you might notice that the side table is way too tall for the chair it’s next to, the petite media console is dwarfed by the 65” flatscreen TV, or the scale of the chairs doesn’t match that of the sofa. Essentially, the proportions of the room were off—and that can impact the whole feel of a space.

Proportion is one of those underrated but absolutely crucial parts of interior design. It’s what helps you make sure the scale of your furniture and living room decor works together as a cohesive design. So, when putting together your living room, measure pieces and consider how they’ll fit together. And if you need a little extra help with it, just remember that with our Modsy design packages, one of our designers will create a 3D rendering of your room, to scale. They’ll help guarantee proportions are correct, plus give you layout options for your space and help you find furniture and decor to match your style. You don’t have to go it alone!

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Golden Rules Living Rooms4. Find the Best Seat in the House

It’s important to think a bit practically when designing your living room—because living rooms are for living! Most of the time that means sitting, so you want to have seating options that suit your style and needs.

Since a sofa is the largest seating option in the room, let that guide the rest of your decisions. Decide if a sectional, regular sofa, or sofa-chaise is right for you. (And remember, your layout can help guide this decision—see rule #1.) From there, choose additional seating options to suit the needs of your space.

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Golden Rules Living Rooms5. Pick the Right Coffee Table

When it comes to picking the right coffee table, the most important things to consider are the shape, size, and material. Everyone is looking for something different, but these three considerations will help you figure out what coffee table is right for your space. Start with the shape, which is generally just a matter of preference. Do you like a rectangular table? Something round or oblong to eliminate sharp edges? Or maybe you want something in a more organic shape. Starting with your preferred shape will help narrow down your options.

Next, think about how it will interact with your sofa. As we mentioned in rule #3, proportion is key here! You don’t want a coffee table that’s too large or too small for your sofa. Make sure the length of the table you choose is one-third to two-thirds the width of your sofa. You also want the surface of your coffee table to approximately match the height of your sofa and accent chairs. (For side tables, align the top with the height of the arm of the sofa.) From there, material will help you further narrow down the style options—whether you want a solid wood table, a marble top, or something with industrial accents.

Or maybe you don’t even need a coffee table! If you want an alternative to a coffee table, get creative and opt instead for a pair of poufs, an ottoman, or a cluster of side tables!

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6. Consider Your Color Scheme

Color is key to setting the mood of your living room! From walls to decor to foundational furniture, you want to make sure you have a cohesive color scheme. Whites and creams will keep things bright and crisp. Blue living rooms are classic and offer a soothing vibe. Perhaps you like a bold look and want to try something intense, like a red wall? A black and white color scheme will give you a high-contrast look. Or, of course, you can simply think in terms of a warm or cool color palette. Whatever you choose as an overarching color palette will help guide not only your wall color, but the furniture, accents, and living room decor you use to fill out the space.

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7. Scale Your Rug

Finding the right rug size for your layout can be tricky. You want to make sure it’s the right size and shape for your room. If you go too small, it makes the room look odd and out of proportion. Too large, and the room starts looking cramped. In general, you want to choose a rug size that allows for 6-10 inches from the edge of your furniture to the edge of the rug, on either side. Need a little extra guidance? Check out our guide for finding the right size rug for your room.

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Golden Rules Living Rooms8. Add Creative Storage

This is an easy one to forget about, but it’s one of our favorite ideas for living rooms. Why? Incorporating storage options into your living room will not only help you stay organized but will also help your living space keep that beautiful, polished look about it! So, start with furniture pieces that give you built-in storage—whether that’s a media console, and extra cabinet, or even a storage coffee table. Then, sneak in some clever storage options. And adding some baskets for tossing blankets, toys, and other clutter will help keep the room uncluttered and organized—a super important thing if you have kids or are simply spending more time at home!

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Golden Rules Living Rooms9. Style With the Rule of Thirds

Perhaps you’ve heard of the rule of thirds. It’s a decorating concept that says that objects arranged in threes (or any odd number) are more pleasing to the human eye. So, style surfaces with this in mind—whether it’s what you’re putting on your coffee table, credenza, or mantle. This also applies to artwork and even furniture arrangement. If you have an unused corner of the room, adding a trio of a chair, a table or cabinet, and some framed art is all you need to make it look intentional and interesting!

Golden Rules Living Rooms10. Get Multi-Purpose

Most of us are using our living rooms in many ways for multiple purposes throughout the day—so consider this in your design. What do you use your living room for other than lounging on the sofa? What do you do in your living room that you don’t have space for in the rest of your home? Is your living room also currently doubling as your home office? Perhaps your kids use this space as a playroom during the day. Or maybe you use your living room as your at-home yoga studio! Consider all of these additional uses when designing your space and make room for them. The result will be a multi-purpose living room that perfectly suits your needs!

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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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Designing a Blue Living Room? Start With These 5 Ideas

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The color blue immediately instills a peaceful, tranquil vibe within a space – so it makes sense that blue living rooms are one design trend that has withstood the test of time. After all, when you’re hosting guests or just relaxing in your own home, you want everyone to feel at ease.

Blue evokes the sea and skies and brings comfort and style that’s clean, calm and collected. It’s no wonder that blue is our most-requested color for all room types! It adds contrast and color but can also cool things down like a neutral. We asked our stylists how they’d design a blue living room, and here are the top 5 answers.

blue living roomClassic Beach House Blue Living Room

A classic white and blue living room is the quintessential beach house color palette. White and blue feel sophisticated, yet approachable and relaxed. They’re a combo that instantly ups the classiness factor while also creating a breezy, beach-style retreat in your home. Adding in natural textures helps to soften and warm the high-contrast color combination, making the space more relaxed and casual.

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We kept the walls and base furniture bright white but added bold pops of navy and cerulean blue in the pillows, art, rug, and accent decor. Natural textures like jute and rattan will amp up the beach style while warm woods lend a rustic vibe. Pops of brass is also a great way to warm up space!

Stylist Tip: Try a more symmetrical layout to polish it up and get that signature relaxed yet formal vibe.

blue living roomEclectic Minimal Blue Living Room

For a more dramatic look, go for dark walls paired with neutral furniture. The high-contrast look of the textured neutrals against a bold blue backdrop creates a cool, eclectic vibe. We chose a darker shade of navy blue for a hue that has a slightly neutral vibe to it.

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Textured furniture and decor are key here, like leathers, linens, woods, metals and natural materials. This look is a great choice if you don’t love a lot of color, but still want a bold blue living room that’s trendy and eclectic. Plus, the dark blue walls have a cozy vibe that will make your living feel like a stylish cocoon – the best place for unwinding at the end of a long week.

blue living roomRustic Blue Living Room

This room features a blue sofa along with neutral-colored decor for an effortless, rustic style. This is a great look if blue walls seem a little too intense for you. You can easily flip the color combo and go for a neutral room with a bold blue sofa as the centerpiece.

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This look prioritizes comfort and we love it because it’s equally cozy and family-friendly. The sectional turns up the warmth and rustic accents, like a leather armchair, industrial coffee table, and a chunky jute rug, add to the cozy vibe. There’s not a lot of colors here, but the blue sofa adds a loud enough “POP” to set a colorful focal point!

Stylist Tip: Dark blue is a great color for sofas in family-friendly homes because the darker fabric hides spill easier so you can really relax.

blue wall gold sofaBold, High-Contrast Blue Living Room

Want to really go bold with your blue living room design? Try pairing a blue accent wall with bright colors for a living room that’s bold and full of personality. A velvet yellow sofa is the perfect statement piece to contrast a dark blue accent wall if you like a glamorous or boho look!

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Adding in elements like a patterned rug, eclectic gallery wall, and playing with a mix of furniture styles helps create a look that’s unique and playful. The graphic black and white patterned accents bring a pop of contrast and visual texture to the room. This is a great style if you love collecting pieces over time or mixing different furniture styles together in one room!

Stylist Tip: Pick one or two accent colors to offset the blue walls – then keep the rest of the palette black and white to keep the balance.

blue living roomBreezy Boho Blue Living Room

The calming colors of the sea and sunset are perfect for Bohemian-style rooms. This pastel-hued living room incorporates soft pinks and reds to balance out the blue sofa.

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The room is anchored by the dark blue sofa, but there’s a mix of warm-colored and neutral decor along with blue accents throughout the space for a perfectly balanced look. Patterns and natural materials add warmth and texture to space for a collected and casual look with a spirit of easy, breezy California cool.

Stylist Tip: Industrial accents, like the sconces and coffee table, add contrast and a cool note to this blue living room design.

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