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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 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 Ways to Arrange Your 11×18 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! Today, we’re exploring the layout possibilities in an 11×18 living room.

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The Space: An 11×18 Living Room

The Challenge: An open doorway, large picture windows, and a set of doors limit where furniture can be placed. And, since this is a longer room, it can be a challenge to figure out how to make the best use of the full space.

In the average American home, an 11×18 living room is medium-sized. Not too big, not too small. However, since it’s more of a long rectangular shape vs more of a square, the challenge lies in making good use of the full space in a way that feels natural.

With the length of the room, this space can easily be multifunctional. But it can also be arranged in a conversational layout that makes use of the full space. What you choose to do with a space this size depends on your family’s needs and what you have going on in the rest of your home.

Ready to take a look at some different layout options? We created 3 designs for this 11×18 living room to show you the different directions you can take in the layout of a living room this size!

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Layout Idea #1: The Family Room

This living room layout is a true family gathering place. Two-thirds of this space is devoted to seating while the other third is a kids play zone. This layout is perfect for families with young children or for those who have limited space and need to bring a play area into a main living space.

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How to Make it Work

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Use rugs to create zones. The large, rectangular area rug helps define the two spaces in this room and keeps the floor cushy for kids.

  • This rug sections off the main part of this family room, encompassing the sectional and TV-viewing area. This zone is great for movie nights, watching TV, cuddling up to read books together, or as a space to host friends and family.
  • Meanwhile, a small round rug creates a specific zone for the play area, helping it feel a bit more like its own space.
  • Bonus: the TV is centrally located for easy viewing from either zone.

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Maximize floor space for the kids. A corner sectional, tucked into the corner, allows the room to be open and helps this substantial sofa take up less floor space. This, in turn, gives kids extra space to play and spread out.

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Keep things organized with some hidden storage. The biggest risk of including a play area in a main living room? It can easily become a dumping ground for your kids’ toys. Keep things organized (and keep yourself sane) by incorporating some hidden storage.

  • This media console includes 12 pull-out baskets that are the perfect place to conceal books, games, and toys.
  • The coffee table (which doubles as an ottoman) also has hidden storage, along with its soft woven top.

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Layout Idea #2: The Lounge Living Room

This living room layout is focused on lounging, relaxing, and reading. But, with an accent chair and bar cart, in addition to the sofa, it can easily be used for entertaining small groups as well. The open and bright layout is great for minimalists who want a simple, uncluttered living room.

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How to Make it Work

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Focus on coziness and comfort. If your living room is focused on lounging, a comfortable sofa should be the foundation of your layout. We placed the sofa in front of the window so it acts as an anchor to the living room, and flanking side tables offer a surface for additional lighting and beverages. The swivel armchair, paired with a floor lamp and pouf, is the perfect cozy reading corner.

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Make the “thesis” of the room clear. A large bookcase spans the far wall and makes a visual statement in this space. It creates space for plenty of books (and decor), helping establish this as a reading-focused room.

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Add some practicality. Bar carts are a great way to add a practical touch that helps a room double as a space for entertaining. Since it’s on wheels, it’s easy to move it around, using it for beverages, snacks, or anything else you need.

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Layout Idea #3: The Living/Dining Room Combo

This space works double duty by being both a living room and dining room. If you don’t have a separate dining area in your home, an 11×18 living room is long enough where you can certainly fit functions in the space. It’s also a great layout for those who entertain or want an extra eating space, since the two zones are open to each other but distinct.

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How to Make it Work

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Use a rug to establish a distinct living area. The living room seating area is zoned to one side of the room, using an area rug to designate the area. The sofa faces two accent chairs, creating a casual conversational area. But you could also easily turn the chairs to talk to people at the dining table when entertaining.

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Maximize the small dining area. A round dining table helps make the most of this small dining area by eliminating hard corners. This improves navigation around the table and gives you the option of squeezing in an extra person or two around the table when necessary. The addition of a tall bar cabinet offers some open and concealed storage to this space.

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Opt for “open” furniture. Since this is a more “full” layout than the other options, we chose furniture that feels a bit lighter. Choose furniture pieces with open bases, which makes the layout feel more open. This style of open metal coffee table, as well as the tulip dining table, have a similar effect.

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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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How to Make it Work

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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.

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

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

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

Best Living Room Layouts for Casual Conversation

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

Conversational Layout #1

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

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How To Set Up This Layout:

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

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Conversational Layout #2

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

How To Set Up This Layout:

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

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Best Living Room Layouts for TV Watching

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

TV Watching Layout #1

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

How To Set Up This Layout:

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

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

How To Set Up This Layout:

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

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Best Living Room Layouts for Formal Entertaining

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

Formal Layout #1

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

How To Set Up This Layout:

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

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Formal Layout #2

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

How To Set Up This Layout:

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

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Best Living Room Layouts For Multi-Uuse Spaces

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

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Multi-Use Layout #1

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

How To Set Up This Layout:

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

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Multi-Use Layout #2

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

How To Set Up This Layout:

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

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Multi-Use Layout #3

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

How To Set Up This Layout:

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

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

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

The Style: Rustic Southwestern

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

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

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

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

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

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

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narrow living room designThe Key Elements:

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

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

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

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

Layout Idea #2: Open Lounge

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

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

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The Key Elements:

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

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

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

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

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Layout Guide: 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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16 Ways to Design a Living Room With a Fireplace

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

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

Read This Next: How to Find the Best Living Room Layout for You

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

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

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

The Key Design Elements:

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

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

This Layout is Great If You…

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

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

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

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

The Key Design Elements:

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

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

This Layout is Great If You…

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

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

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

The Key Design Elements:

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

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

This Layout is Great If You…

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

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4. A Casual Living Room with a Corner Fireplace

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

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

The Key Design Elements:

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

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

This Layout is Great If You…

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

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

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

The Key Design Elements:

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

This Layout is Great If You…

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

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

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

The Key Design Elements:

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

This Layout is Great If You…

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

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

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

The Key Design Elements:

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

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

This Layout is Great If You…

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

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8. A Symmetrical Conversational Fireplace Layout

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

The Key Design Elements:

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

This Layout is Great If You…

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

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

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

The Key Design Elements:

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

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

This Layout is Great If You…

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

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

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

The Key Design Elements:

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

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

This Layout is Great If You…

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

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

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

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

The Key Design Elements:

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

This Layout is Great If You…

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

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

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

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

The Key Design Elements:

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

This Layout is Great If You…

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

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

13. A Basement Family Room with Fireplace

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

The Key Design Elements:

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

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

This Layout is Great If You…

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

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14. A Small Living Room with Fireplace

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

The Key Design Elements:

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

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

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

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

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

The Key Design Elements:

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

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

This Layout is Great If You…

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

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

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

The Key Design Elements:

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

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

This Layout is Great If You…

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

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Layout Guide: 1 Narrow Living Room, 2 Perfectly Comfy Designs

In our Layout Guides series you’ll find layout ideas and solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of designing a narrow living room to work for lounging and entertaining.

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Narrow Living Room Layout Ideas

The Space:  A 12’ x 24’ narrow living room that gets lots of light and is the main spot for relaxing and entertaining.

The Challenge:  Maximizing the small and narrow space to accommodate a comfortable sofa for lounging and watching TV. There also needs to be a dining area for entertaining, but the two spaces should feel distinct from each other.

Idea #1: The Laid-Back Lounge Layoutnarrow living room

Layout idea #1 puts emphasis on a comfortable main living area with lots of small-space seating. The layout creates a lounge-y vibe inside the narrow living room and encourages conversation as well as TV watching. The design features lots of versatile pieces and can easily be rearranged for different uses. A compact dining set-up near the kitchen makes for a great spot for low-key entertaining with a few guests.

With this layout approach, entertaining is centered around the main sofa area while the mix of small space-friendly furnishings help create a cozy feel in the room.

narrow living roomWhy It Works:

  • The custom sofa fits perfectly along the shorter wall and makes the most of the narrow living room.
  • The round table is perfect for the small dining area right by the kitchen counter. This layout creates a natural flow that’s great for hosting sit-down dinners.
  • There’s lots of extra versatile seating that can be moved around. The petite side chairs by the windows are easy to rearrange and the poufs can even pinch-hit as footstools or cocktail tables.
  • It’s easy to create multiple focal points with art in the room’s different “zones.” Hang art and wall decor that go with each space and add major visual interest.

narrow living roomThis is Great If You…

  • Like a space with a more laid-back seating area that’s conducive to conversation and cocktail gatherings.
  • Prefer a living space where the main focus isn’t always the TV.
  • Usually only have a few people over at a time and enjoy smaller gatherings and dinners.
  • Need a space that’s compact but flexible with versatile furnishings that are easy to move around and swap out over time.

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Idea #2: The Formal Entertaining Layoutnarrow living room

Layout idea #2 takes lounging and entertaining into full consideration. Dedicated living and dining areas can comfortably accommodate a big crowd. The furnishings are arranged in a more formal manner with a very open flow that optimizes the narrow living room for TV viewing.

In this layout, the furniture setup gives the illusion that the space is larger than it seems since it includes a true dining space as well as a large TV console that fits perfectly across from the seating area.

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Why It Works:

  • We arranged the sofa along the longer wall, which gives the seating area a roomier feel and a more open flow.
  • The large glass-top dining table seats six and provides a formal entertaining space in the apartment — even if it’s slightly farther away from the kitchen in this layout.
  • We positioned the TV console directly across from the seating area here, making the space perfect for movie nights and lots of Netflix binges with friends.
  • Fewer but larger pieces give the space a more decorated look and feel.

narrow living roomThis is Great If You…

  • Are all about having friends over whenever you can for movie marathons and Bachelorette viewing parties.
  • Love long affair dinner parties that start with cocktails and move on to a multi-course meal.
  • Want a space that has a more grown-up aesthetic with investment pieces that have a timeless quality to them.
  • Like a space where everything has its designated place and purpose — but still looks stylish and uncluttered.

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