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Simply Marble-ous: How Modsy Designer, Karina L, Decorates Her Home With Marble

In the past couple of years, it’s been all the rage to decorate your home with natural materials. They add so much organic texture, which is the design antidote to all the straight lines and manufactured materials that are often prevalent in modern homes. And this past year, especially, biophilic design—an approach that’s all about bringing both direct and indirect experiences of nature into your home—has risen in popularity.

Most people, when they think of natural materials and nature-inspired decorating ideas, probably think of woven pieces like seagrass baskets, jute rugs, or rattan furniture. But many people forget that stone is considered a natural material as well. From marble and granite to soapstone and travertine, incorporating stone into your home adds an elevated elegance to your space.

One of our forever-favorite stone materials to decorate with is marble. It’s versatile, beautiful, and each marble piece is unique with its veining and coloring. So, today, let’s explore marble decor and the many ways you can incorporate marble into your home!

Meet Karina, Our Resident Marble Expert

As Modsy’s Senior Visual Stylist, Karina is a lover of all things marble. (She’s the visionary behind our Instagram account and designs many of our blog and social media images!) She has a beautifully styled home that we’re absolutely obsessed with. And she’s an avid collector of marble decor—her ever-growing collection of marble decorative objects is elegantly scattered throughout her home with impeccable style.

We chatted with her to get the scoop on why she loves decorating with marble and how she brings this material to life in her own home. Read on for all of her tips and insights—then shop some of her favorite marble home decor!

How would you describe your personal style?

“In my home, I try to create a space that feels pulled together but livable and laid back. In Modsy terms, my style would be “Discerning Collector”—a mix of minimalist and eclectic styles. That’s because I love collected and unique pieces, but I’m definitely a minimalist in terms of color. In general, I keep my color palette neutral and I prefer using texture instead of color to add depth to my space. I also love natural materials and use them as the ornamentation in my space—where the texture or finish of a material itself adds the visual intrigue and nuance to a room.”

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Why do you like decorating with marble?

“On a basic level, I just love the look of marble. But, more specifically, I appreciate the visual contrast it brings into a space, the uniqueness of each marble piece, and the level of craftsmanship that goes into creating a piece of marble decor.

“For example, I have a glass bar cart, and I always have a marble bowl or tray on one of the shelves to add more visual depth and contrast to the styling. And I use that same principle throughout my home, layering marble trays on my countertops and wooden surfaces for extra visual contrast.

“With real marble, the veining means that no two marble pieces are the same. The variegated veining gives each marble piece a unique look, which I love. That’s where the “material as ornament” comes into play.

“And, as a designer, I really appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into making pieces out of marble. Marble is a really tough material to work with; it requires a lot of attention and skill to make decor and furniture out of marble (which is generally why it’s a more expensive material). I have so much respect for how these pieces are made—and I love bringing that craftsmanship into my home.”

In what ways do you incorporate marble accents in your own home?

“As an apartment-dweller, I can’t have any big moments of marble, like marble countertops or backsplashes. So, adding pieces of marble decor helps me have moments of marble today, where I’d like to have larger pieces of this material in my home in the future. So, instead of marble countertops, I have a marble tray next to the stove that houses utensils and cooking oils. I also have a marble coffee table in my living room, which is a nice way to have a larger marble surface in my home, in a more renter-friendly way.

“I also love dispersing marble trays and catchalls throughout different areas of my home. On my desk, which is burl wood, I have a marble tray as a surface for a candle and my glass of water. Since burl wood is more sensitive than other wood, I use the tray not only for visual interest but also to protect the wood. I have a marble dish for jewelry on my nightstand, and marble pieces on my bar cart, as I already mentioned. I also tend to set candles on top of marble dishes throughout my home to create more visual depth in my surface styling.”

What other materials (natural or manufactured) go well with marble?

“Marble goes well with so many different materials. It’s going to look good with most wood pieces and finishes. Just pay attention to the tones in the marble; say the marble you have has bluish undertones; if that’s the case, consider pairing it with a warmer wood to offset those tones! However, my favorite wood tones and finishes to pair with marble are lighter woods or burl wood. Both marble and burl wood bring to life that concept of “material as ornament,” so I love mixing them together!

“I also love pairing marble decor with vintage crystal—like layering a little dish of cut crystal on a marble tray. The crystal adds shine to the porousness of marble, but it’s see-through so you can still see the beauty of the stone, just a bit abstracted.

“A trendier approach would be to mix marble with metallic accents like copper or brass. But, personally, I prefer solid marble pieces, which feel more timeless. For me, simple is best. I think solid marble is so beautiful and a work of art on its own, without any additional embellishments.

“One thing I’d avoid mixing marble with in your decor is other stones, like granite. They’re too alike and will visually clash.”

Are there specific design styles that marble accents go particularly well with?

“Marble goes with every style. It’s so versatile! But I especially like it with styles that have vintage elements or those that feel layered and eclectic.”

Any tips for incorporating marble accents into your home’s decor?

“Start by looking at the areas of your home that you need the most decor. If it’s your surfaces, like coffee and side tables or consoles and dressers, add pieces like a marble tray layered with coasters, candles, and a small decorative object. You could also layer marble sculptures on shelves with other decor to add depth and dimension.

“If you want to add a bit of decor to your kitchen, there are some great marble kitchen decor pieces out there, like utensil crocks or a marble mortar and pestle. And with its beauty, marble is perfect for displaying things. So, marble cake stands, trays, and serving dishes are another way to incorporate this material into your decor. You can use them for serving, but they also make beautiful display pieces when not in use! And stores like West Elm and CB2 have marble bathroom decor collections if you want some marble in that space!

“Personally, I think a marble tray is one of the most timeless ways to bring small moments of marble into your decor. It’s a transitional piece that can be moved around and the way you style it can change as your personal style evolves.

“When looking for marble home decor, I just recommend reading the reviews on specific products! This will help you know if they’re made well or fall apart easily, how heavy they are, and help you make a more informed decision!”

Anything to avoid or be aware of when decorating with marble?

“Marble is a very sensitive material, so you  just want to be careful when placing things on top of it. Since it’s rather porous, marble easily absorbs liquids and can get stained. However, today most marble surfaces, like what you’d find on a coffee table or bistro table, are manufactured with a protective layer so you don’t have to worry about it as much. Just be sure to wipe up any spills right away!

“But also, part of the beauty of marble is that it ages and develops a patina over time, in the same way that leather does. So, a little wear and tear won’t ruin marble—it will just give it more depth over time.”

What are your thoughts on black vs white marble decor?

“Marble comes in all different colors—from white and black to pink and green. White marble is my personal favorite, but black marble is also really beautiful. It’s all about your personal preference and where you’re placing it. Different colors of marble simply add different character to your space. Dark marble adds more drama and is a bit more glamorous. So, if that’s your vibe, go for black marble! You can also find white marble with a lot of dark veining, which gives you the best of both black and white marble decor.”

How to Style with Marble Decor

Want to shop some of Karina’s favorite marble decorative objects and furniture—plus get some inspiration on how you can incorporate marble into your home? Read on for top picks! (Including some more affordable decorative options using marble!)

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Marble Shelves

Marble shelves add instant glam to any wall space (especially when paired with brass brackets). Hang this marble wall decor above a workspace or over a piece of furniture to add some stylish surface space to display decorative objects. (Bonus: marble shelves are also super durable!)

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Marble Coffee Tables

A marble coffee table is a great way to add a larger marble statement to a living area. Solid marble coffee tables will make quite a statement—and are super sturdy—whereas a marble-top coffee table with wooden or metal legs will look nice but blend in with your overall room design a bit more. And remember—the amount of marble on the table (if it’s just the top or if the table is solid marble), will help determine the price point and how much of an investment piece it will be.

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Marble Bowls

Marble bowls are both stylish and practical. You can place them on almost any surface to corral objects like keys, jewelry, and candles. But they can also sit empty, since they’re a decorative object all on their own. And marble bowls aren’t style-specific—they can go with a wide range of interior design styles!

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Marble Desks

A marble-top desk is an absolutely timeless piece of furniture. And because of this material’s versatility, marble-top desks can be made in so many different styles. A marble desktop can be paired with a base or legs made of stone, metal or wood, each of which will give the desk a different look. But whatever the style, this type of piece offers a crisp, bright, and clean surface to work on!

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Marble Kitchen Decor

Love the look of marble countertops but live in a rental? Bring in marble kitchen accessories instead—from marble utensil holders to marble cookbook holders, cake stands, or a mortar and pestle.

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Marble Bar Carts

The clean, smooth surface of marble makes it a beautiful material for a bar cart. It instantly elevates your drink-mixing station, creating a timeless look that pairs well with any style of decor and bottles you put on it.

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Marble Bookends

Add instant style and sophistication to your bookcase with marble bookends! Marble is actually a perfect, practical material for a bookend, since they’re so heavy. We love a good mix of practicality and style!

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Marble Side Tables

Solid marble side tables can add a bold, dramatic touch to your living room. An accent piece like this is a great way to introduce marble into your space. And, since marble comes in so many different colors and tones, you can choose a colorway that suits the rest of your room!

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Marble Trays

Marble trays come in many styles and sizes and are one of the easiest, most timeless ways to incorporate a pop of marble into your space! They’re perfect for corralling small items on a tabletop while also protecting table surfaces. We love layering them with a candle, vase, book, or small decorative object—or a mix of all four!

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Marble Console Tables or Credenzas

Marble-top consoles and credenzas are very stylish and add a sleek look anywhere they’re placed. We love them in dining rooms, entryways, and as media stands in living or family rooms. It’s a subtle way to add a bit more polish to any room. Most marble-top consoles and credenzas have wooden bodies—but you’ll also find them made of lacquer or another sleek material that complements the marble.

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Marble Lamps

Marble accents on a lamp adds a classic touch to even the most modern lamp style. But you can find lamps with marble elements in all styles of lamps. Most often, the marble part of the lamp is the base, which makes for a very sturdy light. But you can also find lamps with a marble body or even shade!

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Marble End Tables

Marble end tables are a chic way to add marble to a seating area. Most marble accent tables are just marble-topped, which will always be classic. But it’s the base that can give the table its style direction—a brass base is more glam while a wood base leans more contemporary.

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Marble Bistro Tables

A marble-top bistro table is a great way to add marble to an eating area without spending too much money. Bistro tables, especially those with marble tops and iron bases, have that lovely Parisian cafe vibe—giving your dining space or porch a classic, timeless vibe.

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Marble Canisters

Marble canisters can be both functional and decorative—and they’re also sturdy and will last a long time if well taken care of. When placed on a console or credenza, they can conceal matches, remotes, or even dog treats! Whatever you want out of sight but within reach.

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Marble C-Tables

C-tables are practical and multifunctional. Opting for a marble-topped style adds a classic touch, while offering a sturdy surface for drinks, books, or a laptop.

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Marble Nightstands

A nightstand with a marble top is a classic way to add marble to the bedroom without it feeling too cold. The polished tops brighten up a bedroom, but, like other marble-topped tables, the base of the material will have a big impact on the style—with a metal base leaning more glam or modern while a wooden base will lean more traditional or rustic. Regardless, marble-top nightstand offer a beautiful surface to layer lamps and meaningful decor, as well as phones, books, and water glasses.

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Marble Dining Tables

Looking to make a big statement with marble? Go for a solid marble dining table. A piece like this adds a very modern and elegant look and is typically the boldest piece in the room. After all, marble is a material that demands attention! We love that marble tables can go well with any color scheme. But just remember—solid marble tables are a major investment!

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Marble Kitchen Islands

A kitchen island can offer extra prep space, as well as adding seating and a place to gather in a kitchen. Marble-top islands give you the perfect way to inject some marble into your kitchen without going for marble on all your countertops! (The perfect way to get the look for a little less money!)

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6 Examples of How to Design a Living Room With 2 Entrances

We’ve covered off on many different types of living room layouts—from awkward living room designs to large open rooms that maximize space by floating furniture. Now we’re tackling living rooms with a uniquely awkward conundrum: The living room with 2 entrances.

A common design feature in homes, a living room with two entrances can be a tricky floor plan to furnish. In addition to figuring out the right living Room furniture, you also have to consider the traffic flow in the space room based on the doorways and where they lead.

To inspire you and provide some guidance, we’ve broken down six rooms with double entrances to show you different ways to make it work.

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1. An L-Shaped Living Room With Two Entrances

The Layout: An L-shaped living room with two entrances. One entrance is an opening that leads to a dining room; the other is a door that connects to the outdoor patio off the living room.

Additionally, the room also features a fireplace that’s directly in between the two entry points. The L-shape design of the space also provides a small nook that acts like a separate room.

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How To Make It Work:

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Arrange conversational seating. A conversational seating area set-up works best in this room. The two chairs face a sofa, and the arrangement is centered in front of the fireplace, which creates a more balanced look and flow throughout the space.

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Zone it with a rug. The seating area is also set off as a focal point with a rug. All of the furniture is on the rug, making it clear that is the main seating area. The rug is also pulled up close to the fireplace, which creates a path on the other side with good flow and lots of walking room.

Add other functions. Making the most of small spaces within the room will help make the room feel more spacious. The floor mirror in one corner reflects light and gives the illusion of more space, while the office corner brings added function to the room and makes it feel larger as well.

Designer Tip: Use furniture with lower profiles and open designs, like the leather accent chairs, to keep the line of vision open from the entrance to the outside door. This will play up a more open look and feel in the room.

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2. A Narrow, Rectangular Living Room With Two Entrances

The Layout: An 18×11 foot rectangular living room with two entrances on opposite ends. One is an open archway that leads to a hallway; the other consists of double doors connecting to another room.

The double doors can be shut to give the space a more formal room-like look and feel. Additionally, the room also features a large window along one wall that lets in unobstructed light.

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How To Make It Work:

Arrange furniture along the walls. Given the long and narrow shape of the room, this set-up is ideal. The sofa along the window wall, the bar cart across from it, and the armchair in the corner keeps the layout feeling open and maximizes the room’s flow from entrance to entrance.

Make the sofa the focal point. With a narrow room, centering a sofa along a wall is the easiest way to bring symmetry and balance to the space. You can then decorate and build the room with the rest of your furnishings from there.

Have moveable pieces. Having pieces that are easy to move is good when you have entrances that require doors to open into the space. The rolling bar cart, ottoman, and low coffee table can all be moved around as needed for entertaining or to make more room.

Designer Tip: In a long and narrow space, captivating art on the walls and a patterned rug on the ground are key. They’ll keep the eye moving and also distract from the room’s compact and narrow shape.

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3. A Large Open Living-Dining Room With Two Entrances

The Layout: A large square living room with an open doorway and a narrow entry. The large doorway leads to the dining room and kitchen; the narrow one connects into a small hallway.

The two entrances occupy two of the living room walls. Another wall is taken up by a pair of large windows. And a last wall in the room features two more windows flanking a fireplace, which sits directly opposite the opening to the dining and kitchen area. All of this leaves little to no wall space for furniture to be placed around the room.

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How To Make It Work:

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Float all your furniture. Given there’s very little wall space to work with in this open living room, this approach is the most functional. By floating a sofa, coffee table, ottomans, and armchairs, you get a seating area that’s comfortable with plenty of walking room.

Partition with a sofa. Make the sofa the focal point in front of the opening to the dining and kitchen area. This centers the sofa across from the fireplace, and it also subtly acts as a wall that sections off the living room as its own space.

Keep your hallway open. By placing accent chairs and ottomans opposite the wall with the hallway entrance, you’ll maximize the flow in the space with a clear path into the living room as well as the dining and kitchen areas.

Designer Tip: With a random opening or an awkward entrance in a room, you want to de-emphasize its odd placement. To draw attention away from the narrow entrance in this room, a series of artwork flanking the doorway offers balance, symmetry, and a bold decor element.

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4. A Formal Living Room With Two Entrances

The Layout: A very long rectangular room with openings at each end to other rooms in the home. The living room feels almost like a giant thruway sandwiched between two entrances.

Along one wall, double doors and windows open to the outside. So, technically there are three ways to enter this living room. A fireplace also occupies another wall at one end of the room.

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How To Make It Work:

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Arrange multiple functional areas. Keeping the seating layout off to one side instead of floating it in the room can help the large space feel more intimate and cozy. This also leaves room for a seating area near the fireplace as well as a console area on the other end.

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Create a TV focal point. The TV mounted on the wall is flanked with sconces, which makes the whole display a focus in the room. This also helps to center the room’s seating arrangement and gives a sense of visual balance to the overall space.

Maintain a triangular flow. The overall flow and walking zone in the room is a triangle shape that goes from the entrance to double doors behind the sofa to the opposite entrance. Be sure to keep this path clear to maintain the flow. It will make the room’s layout feel more intentional.

Designer Tip: Low-profile furnishings are a great option for long rooms with low ceilings, like this one. The large sectional here makes for a substantial piece but isn’t super tall so it keeps the line of vision open from each entrance, while also giving the room an airy feel.

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5. Small Living Room With Two Entrances

The Layout: A small 12’x12’ living room with two entrances on the same wall. There is also a window on the wall opposite the entrances. This creates two focal points in the space, making the layout of the furniture limited and a challenge.

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How To Make It Work:

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Make the most of corners. Arrange furnishings in corners and along walls to optimize space. This setup invites you ‘into’ the room, with the sofa lining one wall and the TV and bookcase directly across from it—which creates a relaxing TV and reading zone.

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Keep furnishings on one side. In a small room with smaller archway entrances, it’s best to keep the space open and not put anything in the way that blocks or makes the entrances tighter and harder to get to. Here, the entry areas and seating area are directly opposite each other.

Designer Tips: The focal point in this small room is the arched doorway by default. Complement its unique shape by decorating the vertical space around it with art and a standing bookcase, which will make it feel more like a part of the room rather than an entrance.

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6. Living Room With 2 Adjoining Entrances

The Layout: A long living room with two side-by-side corner entrances that lead into other rooms. They’re also accompanied by a corner fireplace, which makes one side of the room with all the architectural elements the main focal point in the space. On the other side, built-in shelves and a large picture window offer a second focal point.

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How To Make It Work:

Center a floating seating area. By floating and centering the seating area, it gives the room an inviting feeling and opens the space up to all the entrances. The sofa faces the fireplace and the entrances to the room, which visually invites you into the space.

Zoning with a mix of rugs. A mix of different style rugs help delineate the different areas in the room. A large rectangular rug sits under the main seating area, a hide rug marks the fireplace with an accent chair, and a smaller rug defines one of the two entrances to the room.

Designer Tip: In a long space with multiple focal points, the key is to maintain a cohesive look throughout. This keeps the space feeling balanced. For example, the fireplace and area between the entrances is decorated with furnishings to balance out the other side of the room

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Explore Two Clever Layout Ideas for a 16×13 Living Room Design

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. We show you different ways to lay out a space—because we’re big believers in working with what you’ve got! Here, we’re breaking down tips for a stylish and functional 16’x13’ living room layout.

The Space: A 16’x13’ Living Room

The Challenge: Packing in as much function as possible into this small living room lined with a full wall of windows and lots of openings to other rooms.

Though this living room is a decent size, the wall of windows and the various hallway openings make it feel like a small space. Which means the ideal layout will include living room furniture that is versatile, multipurpose, and can make the most of corners and walls. red rug bird's eye view

The best living room layouts work for the lifestyle and needs of its inhabitants. Do you enjoy entertaining and watching movies as a family? Or do you live alone and use your living room mostly for relaxing by yourself? Deciding on how you’ll use your living room will help inform the interior design and the ideal layout for it.

Additionally, with living rooms on the smaller side, choosing furniture that’s proportional to the space is crucial. A sectional or sofa that’s too small will make the room feel even smaller, while one that’s too big will dominate the layout and eliminate space for practical furniture pieces. You’ll also want larger pieces to fit while still providing good flow and lots of walking room.

Finally, bring in accents and lighting that give the room a bit of warmth, then hang up art that elevates the focus of your living room. These finishing touches will help complete the space as well as give it a more open feel.

To inspire your own design, below are two stylish and functional ideas to lay out a 16’x13’ living room! Want more layout ideas? Take a look at our Living Room Layout Guide gallery of Living Room Design Ideas.

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Layout #1: The Entertainment Lounge

This living room layout approach is designed for relaxing without the distraction of a TV. Which makes it an entertaining and gathering spot that is all about comfort and lounging.

The furniture is arranged specifically to open up this relatively small living room. The corner sofa sectional faces away from the windows, creating a seating pit that can accommodate many people. Poufs provide extra seating that can be moved, and a hanging chair adds to the room’s laid-back vibe. A console along the wall also helps to elongate and extend the length of the space, while carefully grouped wall art and decor help to bring the focus upward. red rug bird\'s eye view

Anchor With Layered Rugs

Layered rugs in the center of the space help ground this living room layout. In addition to providing soft cushioning for the feet, the layered rugs frame the seating, zoning, and anchoring the floating furniture in the space. They also add a vibrant pop of color.

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Have Different Light Sources

Simple lighting placed around the space provides balanced lighting that keeps the living room feeling open and airy. A floor lamp in the corner offers tall lighting for nighttime, while roman shades on the windows let in tons of natural light. Together they offer perfect lighting variations for entertaining both day and night.

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Maximize Storage & Wall Space

The long and low credenza adds surface space for a bar area and music station, while also offering plenty of hidden storage. It also sets the stage for art and wall decor above for a display that draws the eye up. The hanging chair nearby has the same effect and also free up floor space in this small living room corner.

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Layout #2: The TV & Game Room

This TV viewing layout offers an alternative approach to this relatively small living room that’s casual but polished and stylish. Here, the layout is centered around the TV, with the seating area opposite it. This creates a living room that functions as a media room that’s made for movies and game gatherings.

With furniture anchoring both walls in the room, the space feels inviting without being restrictive in flow. There’s still plenty of walking room and space to move around. A narrow console behind the sofa adds a functional surface.bird's eye view gray sectional living room

Ground With a Sectional

While this living room layout focuses on TV watching, it’s anchored by a floating sectional and chaise that everything is around. The furniture layout is guided by how large and the style of the sectional (left or right arm chaise), so pick one that’s proportional to the room. From there you can add accent seating nearby or anchor the back of the sectional with a console. And because the sectional is for TV watching, be sure to choose one that’s deep with plush cushioning.

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Add a Multipurpose Zone

A bar table behind the sofa with tall stools provides the perfect surface for eating or drinking while watching TV or socializing in the space. It can also be a desk for both work and Zooms, functioning as a home office in the living room. If you have children, this is also a great setup for kids who want to watch tv and eat but aren’t allowed to sit on the upholstery while eating!

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Balance With Sumptuous Accents

With a TV and media stand along with a plush sectional in a small living room, you’ll want to balance the overall look and feel of your room with equally sumptuous accents. Consider an armchair in a rich material like leather or suede and fewer but bolder accents, such as large graphic art pieces. The key is to work in a few elements that add a comforting vibe to the living room rather than overwhelming the space with tons of small accent decor.

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Layout Guide: Two Ways to Tackle an 11’x13’ Bedroom Layout Design

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. We show you different ways to lay out a space—because we’re big believers in working with what you’ve got! Here, we’re showing different ways to arrange a 11’x13’ bedroom furniture layout.

The Space: A 11’x13’ Bedroom

The Challenge: Coming up with a bedroom design that maximizes the shape of the relatively small space, which includes a window nook and a wall occupied by the main door and closet.

When working with bedroom layouts that have awkward corners and recesses, we like to look at these spaces as opportunities for adding function to the room. They can turn out to be the perfect spot for your bed, made into a stylish seating area, or simply anchored with a bench that works as a catchall for pillows and shoes. With any small bedroom layout, it’s about making the most of the interior quirks that come with the space. (You can check out our Small Bedroom Design Tips for more ideas and hacks.)

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Once you’ve assessed the shape and space you have to work with, you can start mapping out where your larger furniture pieces will go. Decide if your bed will go against a wall or be tucked away in a corner or the window nook. Then carve out a spot for your dresser and storage pieces. Finally, see if there’s room to add a living or work space into your room, be it a desk for a workspace or a conversation area with two chairs. It’s all about approaching all your bedroom ideas one large piece at a time so you have the best furniture layout.

To give you some layout inspiration, we’ve broken out two different ways to design this space below. Read on for tips on the essential furniture pieces for each layout, and get our easy small bedroom ideas along the way.

Need help finding furniture for your small bedroom? See our Bedroom Checklist for essential pieces and also check our designer picks for the best Bedroom Storage and Bedroom Seating.

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Layout #1: The Formal Bedroom Lounge

If you’re looking for a classic interior design look, this approach provides a formal small bedroom design layout that’s stylish and practical. The bed is the main focus in this bedroom design and it’s set against the far wall, which opens up the rest of the room and the window nook, leaving plenty of walking room and giving the space an open, airy feel.

This layout is one of our favorite small bedroom design ideas because it’s a tried-and-true setup that always looks balanced, cohesive, and functionally thought out.
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Set Your Bed With Symmetry

A symmetrical bed area is the easiest way to bring cohesive style and a relaxed feel to your bedroom. The queen bed here is framed with two matching nightstands and table lamps that play up a tailored and balanced look. The art above the bed helps direct the eye to the bed as the centerpiece in the room. It all gives the bed area a focused style and look.

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Combine a Dresser and Media Stand

Double up on function and entertainment by topping a dresser with a TV across from the bed. It’s perfect for those who enjoy walking TV in bed but also offers all the practical storage needs for a small bedroom. Keep the wall area above the TV spare to minimize visual distraction.

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Add Small Living Moments

A good way to liven up the bedroom is to fill out any small corner areas. Here, a sitting chair in one corner can be used as a seat to put on shoes, a catchall for clothes and extra pillows, or a moveable perch for reading and watching TV. The tall plant in another corner adds height and a pop of color while leaving the windows unobstructed to flood the room with lots of natural light. bed in front of windows neutral color scheme

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Layout #2: The Live-Work Bedroom Space

For a multipurpose small bedroom design, this layout has it all. It has a function-first approach to the interior design of the space, meaning it’s all about creating practical use out of every wall, nook, and corner of the small bedroom.

The bed is not the main focus here but part of the overall design. And by tucking the bed into the window nook, it leaves tons of space in this bedroom design for a dresser, bookcases and a desk. You can also swap the bookcases and desk for any number of design ideas that can work in those extra open areas, such as a conversation area with seating or a dressing area. If you want more use out of your bedroom, this layout approach is great for you. bed in front of windows natural textures

Get Cozy With Your Bed Set Up

An easy designer trick for arranging a bed is to tuck it into a recess or nook if you have one. Here, the windows stand in as a headboard for the bed while providing a backdrop of natural light. The small side tables and hanging pendants above help frame it all as a cozy bed nook.

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Make Room For Spacious Storage

With extra space in the bedroom, you can choose a full-size dresser that offers the most storage. In a functional live-work bedroom like this one, you’ll want as much storage as possible for any additional items that you want to keep within easy reach, such as personal files and tech gadgets. Use the top as a display and dressing table to the storage piece a stylish touch.

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Use Bookcases as Art

Instead of filing large empty walls with art, try adding bookcases that let you display art and also store bedroom essentials. The bookcases here are wall mounted so they don’t take up a lot of floor space but offer ample storage for books, photos, and baskets for extra clothing and linens. neutral color scheme home office with beach artwork

Create an Instant Workspace

With WFH being more of a norm, the bedroom is an easy place to add a mini home office. The desk setup in this bedroom feels stylistically like part of the overall bedroom design, but it checks all the boxes for a practical workspace. It has drawers for office storage, a comfy desk chair, a clean surface for laptop work, and soft rugs that keep the feet comfy for hours on end. A little art and wall decor brings in just the right amount of color, texture, and inspiration.

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Two Functional Layout Ideas for a 14×14 Living Room With Multiple Windows and Doorways

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. We show you different ways to layout a space—because we’re big believers in working with what you’ve got!

The Space: A 14×14 living room

The Challenge: Finding the right furniture arrangement with all of the architectural constraints of this 14×14 living room.

Sometimes the architectural elements of a space dictate the layout or furniture arrangement. That’s definitely a factor in this space. This living room has two walls with two windows each, along with three openings to different parts of the house. This makes it almost a pass-through space, with people likely walking through the space regularly to get to other parts of the home.

The combination of the architectural elements and the high-traffic zone means arranging furniture can be a challenge. But we didn’t want these challenges to keep us from creating a cozy, comfortable living area that a whole family can enjoy. So, some artful space planning was required. We landed on two living room layouts that work with the flow of the floor plan and maximize the possibilities within the space. Read on for these two creative living room design ideas.

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Layout Idea #1: Living Room with Bistro Table Seating Area

In this living room layout, we created two distinct seating areas, using the living room furniture to make the most of the space. The sofa is tucked between the two windows on one of the window walls, creating a sense of symmetry to ground the main seating area. This is more of an open living room layout, with the sofa and accent seating facing out, toward the openings that lead to other rooms.

But there’s also enough space in this living room to create a secondary seating area along the solid wall. Overall, this furniture layout optimizes seating without blocking the openings and doorways into this space.

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Create a Conversational Main Seating Area

The sofa along the window wall anchors the main seating area of this living room. And putting accent seating adjacent to the sofa creates a conversational layout. Since it’s open to the rest of the room, it creates a sense of welcome to anyone passing through the space.

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Use Accent Furniture to Maximize the Space

The coffee table and side tables in this living area help make the most of this high-traffic living room. Since this space connects with so many other rooms in the house, you can expect a lot of coming and going in this living room. Opting for a round coffee table makes it easy to walk around the seating area (no fear of bumping into sharp edges!) while providing ample surface space for anyone enjoying the main seating area. And a C-table rather than a traditional side table adds surface space for a laptop or beverage to the far side of the sofa without blocking the doorway on that side of the room.

Bonus Decorating Idea: Use large plants to visually fill out what would otherwise be an empty corner! It’s one of those simple but impactful decorating ideas that doesn’t take up much space but makes a big difference!

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Add in a Secondary Seating Area

The addition of a bistro table and pair of wingback chairs adds another comfy place to sit in this living room. And the chair choice was intentional—rather than placing dining chairs with this table, we chose comfy, upholstered chairs that could be enjoyed for hours. This seating nook is a great place to play board games or cards, enjoy breakfast or a casual dinner, or for an easy work-from-home space. It also brings some versatility into this living room, as the chairs can be pulled into the main seating area when more seating is needed.

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Layout Idea #2: Entertainment Area with Bonus Home Office

This approach to the 14×14 living room was more about creating an entertainment area where TV and movie nights could be enjoyed. In this living room layout, the main seating area faces inward, toward the window wall. The chaise sofa divides the room almost in half, creating a designated seating zone and a walkway to easily move through this space to different rooms in the house.

In terms of functionality, you could leave it there. But, lo and behold, there is room for a little something extra—a desk behind the sofa! This bonus home office area lets you get a little more function out of this space.

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Create a Cozy Seating Area

Give your family a cozy place to lounge by opting for a chaise sofa. This gives you extra space to spread out, and the chaise helps create more of a distinct zone for this seating area. The sofa is accented with a round coffee table and an accent chair for additional seating and comfort.

In terms of TV placement, a media stand sits opposite the sofa for optimal viewing. We positioned it squarely between the windows to create some symmetry within the space.

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Squeeze in a Workspace

Since the sofa is floating in the middle of the living room, it’s nice to have a piece of furniture behind the sofa to help anchor it. You could go simple with a bench or console table—but you can also maximize the function of this living room by adding a writing desk. The combination of the desk, chair, and lamp serve a similar function as a sofa table while giving you a workspace to pay bills, work from home, or sit your kids down to do their homework. This creates multiple uses to the back area of the sofa, which would just be a pass-through area otherwise.

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Use Rugs to Establish Zones

Rugs play a huge part in helping create two distinct zones within this living room. A large and colorful area rug grounds the seating area, while a simple jute runner zones the walk-through space and provides a soft grounding for the desk and chair. Essentially, the way these two rugs are used offer a visual cue that there are two uses within this living room.

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Layout Guide: Two Ideas for a 12×15 Bedroom Layout

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. We show you different ways to lay out a space—because we’re big believers in working with what you’ve got! Today, we’re exploring two different 12×15 bedroom layouts.

The Space: A 12×15 Main Bedroom

The Challenge: Squeezing all of the essential bedroom furniture into this smaller room size without it feeling cramped.

With the average main bedroom size coming in around 200-300 square feet, this 12×15 bedroom sits at a smaller 180 square feet. It’s not an impossibly small space, but it does require a bit more intentionality in the layout to make the most of it.

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When dreaming up bedroom design ideas, the size of bed you choose plays a big role in how you layout your space and what else can fit in it. Does your dream bedroom have a king size bed? Own it and make other bedroom design decisions around that. Don’t mind a queen size bed? You’ll have a little more flexibility in your bedroom designs. So landing on that detail is a great place to start when designing a smaller bedroom.

From there, you can start exploring layout options and overall bedroom designs! To get your creative juices flowing, we’ve designed two 12×15 bedroom layouts for this main bedroom to show you how you can arrange a space of this size to suit your needs.

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Layout Idea #1: A Queen Bed and Seating Area

With this bedroom layout, we started with a queen size bed to allow a bit of extra floor space in the rest of the bedroom. There’s just enough space to tuck the bed and two nightstands along the shorter wall, in front of the windows, leaving plenty of space on the other half of the room to create one of those cozy bedroom seating areas.

This layout creates a functional but relaxing space that doesn’t feel cramped. (There’s even space at the end of the bed to roll out a yoga mat so you can sneak in some quiet, meditative moments!)

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Create a relaxing sitting area:

The main reason we chose this layout was to have the space to create a sitting area. Since this is the main bedroom in this home, we wanted to add a slight sense of luxury with an extra place to sit and relax. We love the idea of enjoying a morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine in this relaxing space. The martini table next to the chair gives you a place to set your drink, while the floor mirror adds style (it “frames up” this vignette) while also adding a practical element to the bedroom.

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Don’t be afraid to cover up some of your windows:

When you have tall and long windows, like this bedroom does, your instinct might be to keep furniture away from them. You don’t want to block natural light, after all! But that leaves you with only one viable layout for this bedroom. Since these windows are so tall, you can get away with blocking some of them without losing the benefit of natural light.

We opted for a taller headboard to make this look like even more of an intentional design choice. (A platform bed without a headboard or a short headboard would almost look like you’re apologizing for covering any of the windows!) The solid headboard and curtains help frame the windows—making the whole arrangement look polished while keeping the windows functional.12x15 bedroom layout

Choose matching bedside tables:

The trio of windows combined with the bed centered along the windows calls for matching nightstands and table lamps. This gives the whole setup an appealing look of symmetry and balance.

Rather than traditional nightstands, we actually opted for console tables, which are a bit taller than the average nightstand and also not as deep. This saves some floor space, since they’re thinner, while still giving the look of a nightstand. With the height, these tables can also serve as a mini desk for writing cards or letters. (We placed a stool underneath one for just that purpose!) The rustic wood finish and marble top add a lovely stylistic touch to the bedroom, and there’s still a single drawer for bedside storage.

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Add additional storage options:

This isn’t a huge bedroom, so it’s great to sneak in extra bedroom storage where you can. Rather than a traditional dresser, we opted for a display cabinet for storing not only folded clothes but also linens, books, and baskets for other essentials. You can get away with this, because this bedroom’s closet is quite large and there’s likely space to hang extra clothing or even show extra folded clothing. The upholstered bench at the foot of the bed also offers additional hidden storage options.

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Layout Idea #2: Upgrade to a King Bed

If you prefer a king size bed in your main bedroom, this is the layout for you. It offers plenty of space for a king bed, two nightstands, and a dresser without the room feeling cramped. However, some people may feel like this is too small of a space for such a large bed. But pulling this off is all about choosing the right bed frame. There are so many different types of bed frames, but we opted for a lower profile style to save space and keep it from overpowering the space. (However, there’s still plenty of visual interest with the ebony and caning finish!)

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Don’t overfill the space:

When you put a king bed in this size of room, you want to make sure you don’t overfill the room and make it feel crowded. While this 12×15 bedroom layout is full, with large bedroom essentials throughout, we didn’t add additional furniture. This keeps the room uncluttered. As a result, there’s plenty of space to navigate around the bed and walk around the room, with additional open space for getting ready.

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Balance out the size of the bed:

King size beds are large—so it’s important to balance out the proportions with larger nightstands. These nightstands frame in the bed and at 32 inches wide are substantial enough to offer that sense of balance. They also offer plenty of storage space—both the hidden storage in the two drawers and the surface areas on the top and lower shelf for lighting, baskets, boxes, blankets, and more.
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Create a “getting ready” space:

This layout offers plenty of space for a large dresser, giving ample room for folded clothing storage. The mirror above the dresser adds a touch of practicality (and style!) so you can do your getting ready right at your dresser, using the top as a vanity. The bench next to the dresser offers a place to set while you put on your shoes—or even a place to set out your clothing the night before! It also simply adds some visual contrast and texture to this side of the room.

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Layout Guide: Three Layouts for a 20 x 20 Living Room

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. We show you different ways to lay out a space—because we’re big believers in working with what you’ve got! Here, we’re tackling 20×20 living room layouts.

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The Space: A 20×20 Living Room

The Challenge: This spacious square living room has to incorporate lots of windows and doors, an opening to the kitchen, a wall of built-in shelves, and a corner fireplace.

This is a common large living room design found in many family homes and suburban houses. But while a large living space means more design possibilities, it can sometimes be trickier to land on a living room layout. With three walls lined with windows, doorways, and built-in shelving, coming up with a functional living room furniture arrangement is more challenging. Also, you’ll want to make sure your layout suits your lifestyle and how you want to use the room.

Keep scrolling for three different takes on furniture layout for this 20×20 living room, and get our tips for decorating a large space in your own home. From a layout optimized for TV watching to a design focused on formal entertaining, each of these living room layout ideas offer practical and stylish takeaways you’ll be able to bring into your own home.

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Layout Idea #1: A Living Room For TV Viewing

For a large living room layout where family entertaining and TV viewing is the main purpose, anchoring the space with a comfy seating area is key.

In this living room furniture layout, we optimized the design for function with seating in the middle, a dedicated TV space off to the side, a fireplace corner that’s inviting, and leaving lots of walking room all around. The result is a cozy living room with a fireplace and a TV layout that’s practical and maximizes every square inch of space while still feeling open and airy.

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How To Make It Work

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Frame your seating area with a sectional. To ground the living room with a main seating area, a large corner sectional sofa is a great anchor piece. It adds ample seating and faces the room’s entrance and welcomes people in. This also leaves room for armchairs that offer extra seating. Together, the sectional and chairs form a U shape that’s perfect for family TV watching.

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Be sure not to block your windows. With walls of windows, use them to the fullest for natural light. Keeping the windows unobstructed with curtains or lighting in front of them allows light to stream in throughout the space, making the living room feel even more airy and bright.

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Zone your space with layered rugs. In a large living room, creating zones for different purposes will help with the flow. The layered rugs under the seating area help frame the main lounging spot here and set it apart from the TV wall and fireplace. Additionally, the two rugs placed on top of each other also provide extra padding underfoot that protects the floors.

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Set up a functional TV wall. In this living room, the TV is large and takes up an entire wall off to the side to maximize viewing. Because the TV is so big, it’s comfortably in view from every seat on the sectional sofa as well as the armchairs, which can also be turned to face the TV.

To round out the TV wall, we brought in a media console that’s proportionally larger than the TV to balance out the look of the screen and anchor and ‘zone’ the entire wall space.

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Layout Idea #2: A Living Room With An Office

With homes working harder to be multipurpose these days, a living room layout that includes a home office is a gamechanger. In this living room furniture layout, the space serves multiple functions, including a work area, but maintains an open and cohesive design style that makes the space appear as one large room instead of an office and a living room that feel separate.

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How To Make It Work

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Try a formal sofa arrangement. The heart of this living room is a cozy conversational seating area with two facing sofas. It’s a slightly more formal furniture layout, but the style of the sofas help ease things up for a casual look and feel. It’s the perfect sofa arrangement for an approachable living room layout that’s equal parts conversation-friendly and laid-back.

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Leave lots of walking room. The biggest challenge with a large space is making it feel cozy while still keeping the layout spacious and open. To create a sense of comfort while allowing for lots of walking room and flow, the seating area is minimally furnished with an open-base coffee table and moveable ottomans, which zone the space without making it feel closed off.

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Float furniture to define your space. Floating furniture, aka. arranging large pieces away from walls, is a great trick to add function as well as zone a living room. Here, the console table behind the sofa is at once a display surface, a catchall, and a room divider that anchors and separates the living space from the entrance.

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Incorporate a home office corner.

There’s no better space to carve out a home office than a large open living room. The office space here is off to the side and transforms the empty wall into a practical work corner. It’s also perfectly positioned near the built-in shelves, which also makes practical sense.

To ensure the office feels like a part of the living room, a neutral cowhide rug extends out and connects the desk and seating area. Additionally, the light-wood desk and chair have a versatile look that matches the casual feel of the family-friendly sofas, coffee table, and ottomans.

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Layout Idea #3: A Living Room For Formal Entertaining

If a formal living room layout is what you’re after, this stylish and elevated approach is for you. With a grand piano taking center stage, this living room furniture layout serves multiple uses with three different areas that are all dedicated to entertaining. Moreover, the furniture all have a more tailored look that complements the sophisticated look of the piano.

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How To Make It Work

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Carve Out A Comfy Nook. One of the best ways to make use of a living room with a corner fireplace is to create a comfy seating area next to the hearth. The upholstered bench in front of the fireplace becomes an instant reading nook and lounging corner for cozying up.

To play up this fireplace corner even more, we added a moveable bar cart to make it the perfect drinks station for entertaining and serving cocktails.

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Spotlight unique pieces. With a grand piano, give it the spotlight it deserves in a large living room. We placed the piano in a corner of the room and paired it with a large round rug to set it apart as the main focus. Surrounded by the windows, it’s the perfect spot for entertaining guests with some music or for kids to practice while parents relax in the seating area nearby.

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Go for big upholstered pieces. 

A formal living room layout looks best with upholstered pieces that are sumptuous, large-scale, and provide major comfort. The wingback chairs here not only ground the seating area with a lot of presence, they’re also the perfect tall seats to add a sense of warmth to the overall room alongside the corner fireplace.

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Make for an intimate seating area. 

With large-scale furniture and upholstery in a large space, grouping the pieces closely together in one area is the best way to instantly create an inviting look and feel.

The seating area here is centered between the fireplace and built-in shelving, which makes it an instant cozy spot for lounging, curling up near the fireplace, and all kinds of conversation and entertaining.

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Layout Guide: Two Ways To Fill Up a 20 x 15 Bedroom

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. We show you different ways to lay out a space—because we’re big believers in working with what you’ve got! Today, we’re showing you what you can do with a 20×15 bedroom layout.

The Space: A 20×15 Bedroom Layout

The Challenge: How to functionally fill such a large bedroom

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You aren’t going to hear many people complaining about having a large bedroom. But here’s something you may not have thought of: large spaces can be as tricky to design as small ones! With so much space to fill, it can be challenging to thoughtfully fill the space without it being too empty or overstuff. Here at Modsy, we’re not just out to help people with small-space solutions. We’ll help you tackle large bedroom layouts too! So, if you have a large, long rectangular bedroom, this layout guide is for you! We’ll unpack two different bedroom layout ideas, talk you through the different ways you can arrange furniture, and simply give you some bedroom design ideas along the way.

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Layout Idea #1: 20×15 Bedroom with Open Layout

This layout is focused on keeping the bedroom open and flowing. The sleeping area at the center of the bedroom creates a focal point for this large space. Leaving a lot of floor space open visually opens up this space and creates breathing room (as well as plenty of walking room—no tight passageways here!). But having the bed at the center of it all gives coziness and depth to the open space.

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How to Make it Work

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Create a focal point.

The king-sized bed with flanking nightstands sits opposite the bedroom door—creating a visual focal point when you enter the space. And it’s anchored by a large rug, layered under a patterned rug, which helps define the sleeping area. The wall sconces above the bedside tables help to break up the large wall and play up the height of the ceilings.

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Establish a sitting area along the far wall.

The back wall between the windows is open and offers ample opportunity for a cozy seating area. We opted for an upholstered bench and martini table between the windows to create this seating nook, but you could also use accent chairs or a chaise lounge here. A grid gallery wall over the bench gives this area its own focal point between windows and anchors the seating nook.

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Pay attention to visual balance.

Since the bed is such a major visual focal point in this bedroom, it requires being balanced out a bit by another piece of furniture. By placing the dresser area across from the bed in this open-concept layout, it creates visual balance without impeding the room’s flow. And the full-size floor mirror adds a practical touch to this “getting ready area.”

This layout is perfect for…

Someone who wants an open space that is inviting and has a good walking flow throughout.

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Layout Idea #2: A 20×15 Bedroom with Zones

This second layout option is focused on setting up the room the long way and zoning the space for different uses. By placing the bed between the two windows on the far wall, the length of this large 20×15 bedroom layout is utilized to create a sleeping area, a seating area, and a distinct dressing area to get ready for the day.

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Start with the sleeping area. 

A large bedroom calls for large furniture—especially when it comes to beds. We opted for a king bed, which fits comfortably between the two windows. Putting the bed between the windows and flanking the bed with two nightstands creates a visual frame for the bed and utilizes the long narrow shape of the room. When figuring out how to decorate around a canopy bed—especially a king-size canopy bed—it’s important to use bedside tables that are proportional to the size of the room and the bed. Nightstands that are chests or cabinets (which naturally have larger footprints) balance out the large bed frame and also provide ample storage.

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Follow it up with a seating area.

If you want to add seating to a bedroom, this is a great layout option. Adding seating at the end of the bed helps fill in the long space with practical use. Two swivel chairs can be used for lounging, reading, or conversation. The round rug anchors this seating area, while the stool adds a surface area for books, drinks, glasses, or use as a footrest. (Placing a tray on top of the stool adds extra stability for drinks.)

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Establish a dressing area.

If you want a major bedroom storage idea, consider a wardrobe or armoire. In this bedroom, the use of a freestanding wardrobe adds a lot of storage for clothing while being a substantial piece in the room—helping to visually fill the space. (A smaller dresser would have felt dwarfed in such a large bedroom.) The full-size floor mirror next to the wardrobe adds a practical touch for outfit checks while getting ready.

Finish off the space with decorative touches.

The artwork throughout the bedroom is simple but cohesive and pulls the different zones of the space together by spanning the large, open wall spaces.

This layout is perfect for…

Someone who wants to break up their bedroom for multiple uses: sleeping, lounging, and getting ready for their day.

No matter what layout you choose…

In large spaces like this 20×15 bedroom furniture layout, it’s important to find visual tricks to help take advantage of the space without it feeling cavernous. In both bedroom designs, we showed you, we used large indoor plants to fill up what would otherwise be empty corners. We also opted for statement chandeliers to help fill the space created by the tall ceilings in this bedroom.

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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.

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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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3 Ways to Design a Living Room With Fireplace and TV

We’ve walked through how to design a living room with a fireplace and the best TV viewing layouts. But what about layout solutions for a living room with a fireplace and TV?

According to you, our Modsy customers, figuring out a living room layout that factors in both a fireplace and TV is a common conundrum. Especially when it comes to a living room layout that’s both functional and attractive.

So, to offer some guidance, we’ve come up with three stylish and functional living room layout ideas that take into consideration both a fireplace and TV. Also, don’t forget to check out our layout guides for more ideas, including the best living room layouts to help you get started.

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Layout #1: The Entertainment Pit

In this open concept layout, the main seating faces the fireplace and TV, which are visually stacked on top of each other in the front of the room. The result is a centralized entertaining and gathering space with the fireplace and TV above it becoming one combined focal point.

The all-around seating forms a U-shape layout that helps to delineate the spot and set it off as a warm and welcoming living area within the larger space.

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The Key Design Elements:

Have big, comfy seating. For a balanced look, you need sumptuous and large-scale pieces to anchor your living room furniture layout. Consider a leather Chesterfield sofa, deep upholstered armchairs, and cushy X-benches arranged in a U-shape for a comfy conversational setup.

Frame your focus. Any living room layout with fireplace and TV combined as the primary focus should be balanced out with a bit of symmetry. Try adding tall bookcases to flank your TV and fireplace, which will bring symmetry and visual cohesiveness to the gathering spot as a whole.

Keep walls minimal. Because all the attention is directed to the front of your living space, keep your walls bare to avoid visual clutter. If it feels empty, fill your bookcases next to the fireplace and TV with decor and objects, which make for finishing touches that are just like wall decor.

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It’s a great living room layout if you…

  • Want to skip the media cabinet for your TV and save space
  • Like the idea of a ‘2 for 1’ focal point, where the fireplace and TV are the main attraction
  • Prefer the look of a sofa directly facing a TV that’s wall-mounted at the perfect height
  • Have a square or rectangular living area with a fireplace and want a layout that accommodates comfortable seating and has good flow and tons of walking room

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Layout #2: The Cozy Zone

In this compact living room layout, the corner fireplace and TV alongside it create two distinct focal points that help to frame an enclosed seating area. While there are several ways you can lay out a living room with a corner fireplace, this is probably our favorite because it forms an intimate and cozy seating area.

This furniture set up around the fireplace and TV is also ideal in a small living room with a corner fireplace.

 

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The Key Design Elements:

A sectional is best. With a corner fireplace to consider, a sectional makes for all-in-one seating that is comfortable and perfectly frames your seating area. It will center the space while also giving even focus to both the corner fireplace and TV adjacent to it.

Opt for a media cabinet. You’ll need a media cabinet for your TV in this layout, which will also help to anchor the front of your room. This works with the main seating that’s facing the TV, and it also balances out the architectural elements of the fireplace.

Minimize accent pieces. Just as you would with small living room layouts, you want to maximize flow and walking room, so stick to a coffee table, one additional chair, and a side table. This also opens up the space around the fireplace and TV.

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It’s a great living room layout if you…

  • Have an open living room where you can float a sectional or sofa
  • Like your TV and fireplace to be separate focal points that are equally captivating
  • Want to have a space where you can enjoy a roaring fire AND watch TV at the same time without being distracted by one or the other
  • Live in a small space (corner fireplace or not) and want to create a cozy gathering space

 

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Layout #3: The Double Focus

This spacious living room layout has the fireplace as the central architectural element and a focal point. Because it’s a fireplace surround without a mantelpiece, the TV has to be placed to the side on top of a media cabinet. The benefit of this is that even though the TV is not the central focus, it tucks nicely into an inlet next to the fireplace, creating a streamlined and balanced look.

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The Key Design Elements:

Pull in a wide sectional. For this living room layout with fireplace front-and-center and TV lining the wall next to it, you need a sectional run almost the full length of the front wall for a balanced look. This also lets you enjoy both the fireplace and TV without having to move around.

Decorate your walls. To balance out the TV and fireplace front wall, bring in art and tall accents to fill out the vertical space. You want your fireplace and TV area to look well-rounded, so consider adding art above the fireplace and pulling in a tall plant or mirror to even things out.

Think high contrast. Lean into the streamlined aesthetic and the rectilinear forms of the fireplace and TV here to play up a contemporary, high-contrast look. Keep to black-and-white furnishings and crisp art and accents with clean lines and a modern sensibility.

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It’s a great living room layout if you…

  • Have a living room where the fireplace is the focal point architecturally and the TV is a secondary focus
  • Want to keep your fireplace and TV in the same space but not compete for attention
  • Prefer a living space that’s not just all about TV watching, but also captivates with other art and decor
  • Love a contemporary minimalist look with a modular approach to the living room layout

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