Your living room design expresses who you are, what you think – and what how you want others to perceive you.

The living room is the function room of the house; it is where you bring your guests, spend time with your family, and relax after a long day.

Modern living room ideas blend fashion with form and function, giving you the ability to create a fresh new look and invigorate your home.
Here are our top tips on how to create the perfect living room design:

  1. Plan Your Space
    Before you start to recreate your room, you must first consider the space you are working with. Is the room square or rectangle? Is the shaping awkward? Is it open plan with the rest of the floor?
    The dimensions of your room will determine what you can do with it. For example, traditional classic French designs involve large floral patterns and are often accompanied by large pieces of furniture and accessories. This works wonderfully in a large room, but if you have a small area, it may appear cluttered.
  2. Decide on a Colour Scheme Before You Start
    If you are starting a room plan from scratch and have no existing furniture, wall hangings or floor coverings to work with, your first step will be to decide on your accent colours.
    If you are matching your design to fit current items, then you need to asses these pieces with a critical eye. Consider what are the main colours, what are the accent colours, and do all these pieces work together? Remember, sometimes colours are brought together by a finishing piece, such as a rug.
  3. Create Definition with Flooring
    Whether you have a self-contained traditional room or a large open plan space, using rugs to create definition is a simple way to define a seating area or living space.
    Using tone, colour and pattern, you can create an interior design that leads the eye from one part of the room to another. A well-considered living room design is often soothing to the soul, and creating a clear sense of order is part of this.
    If you want to bring two elements together, look for rugs with complementary patterns. Further, making use of two rugs offering the same design but in reversed colourways can give a visually stimulating contrast that doesn’t detract from the room itself.
  4. Be Strategic with Furnishings and Accessories
    Don’t overfill the room with furniture and accessories, look for a balance that highlights each item to its best potential.
    If you’re looking to change your colour scheme but don’t want to change your furniture, you can either opt to have them reupholstered in complementary fabrics, or purchase throw blankets and cushions that accentuate your new colour scheme.

How you decide to put together your room will depend on its primary function, for you. No matter the intention driving the needs of your design, you consider your furniture and fittings with a critical eye, and don’t overlook the finishing touches.