To keep your living room functional, Good House Keeping recommends upgrading your shelving. “Swap boring shelving for more decorative options, then load up on fabric boxes or baskets to hide an overflow of knick knacks,” says Good House Keeping. They also recommend using a soothing color palette and incorporating lots of greenery and distressed wood furniture to add warmth.
Choosing the right size and type of rug can also dictate the feel of your living room. A rug that’s too small or too busy can end up hurting your design. As a rule of thumb, “living rooms almost always need at least an 8-by-10-foot,” writes MyDomaine.
And the most crucial element of all when designing a more comfortable living room is the layout. If you have a long and narrow layout, you’ll want to plan for areas of conversation by grouping furniture together. It’s also not so much about where you place your furniture, but about adding elements that will create visual interest like using different shapes throughout.