Thanksgiving is just around the corner (and the winter holidays are lurking close behind). And if you’re hosting friends and family this year, the time has come to start getting your home set for guests.
But if the thought of your in-laws seeing the current state of your living room makes you cringe, don’t panic, there’s still time to whip it into shape.
But just like a great meal, designing your home takes a lot of time and planning. To help lighten the load, we rounded up 5 of our designers’ best living room tips to get you started.
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1. Ensure You Have Ample Seating
The first order of business when designing a living room? Making sure everyone has a comfortable place to sit and relax!
Consider weather a sofa or a sectional is right for you, and if you need additional side chairs to go with it. If you’re tight on space try incorporating flexible seating options, like poufs or a coffee table that doubles as an ottoman.
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2. Find the Right Layout
One of the best living room tips doesn’t require purchasing a thing. Finding the right layout for your space is just as important as picking a sofa or rug to fill it up. Think about the ways you enjoy spending time with loved ones and then optimize your living room layout to make that happen.
Does your family like to watch movies together? Be sure your sofa is oriented so that everyone gets a great view. And consider an option with an extra deep seat for extra comfort!
Or maybe playing board games around the coffee table is more your style. Opt for a large coffee table and a layout that puts everyone in reach.
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3. Get Sneaky With Your Storage
We’re all about living room furniture that goes the extra mile. Opt for pieces that incorporate hidden storage to help make cleaning easier and faster.
For example, a coffee table with interior storage is great for stowing away big books, board games, and even kids’ toys. A bench behind the sofa adds extra seating and can also double as a hiding spot for extra blankets and pillows.
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4. Carve out Designated Zones
A great way to navigate the holidays with guests and extended family is to make space for different activities within the same room.
Try incorporating a play area for the kids, or reserve a reading nook by the fireplace for grandparents to relax. A cocktail area is also a great way to stay close to the action of the main gathering space, but give yourself a bit of reprieve.
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5. Refresh Your Decor
The easiest way to give your living room a pre-holiday facelift? Refresh your art and accessories! Mix up your art for an instant change, or swap in new accent pieces to put your home in a more festive mood.
Feel like a more major change is in order? Try a new rug to totally change the look of your space.
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