Living Room Decorating Guide: Tips and Tricks for a Stylish Look

How many of you are sitting in your living room, feeling that something seems off but can't pinpoint why? If you need a moment to think about it, this post is for you. And if you're confident that everything in your living room is perfect, this is a good test to see how your setup measures up to Woodka Interiors' Living Room Guidelines. Think of these as the essential principles of arranging furniture in your living room - though design rules can be flexible and sometimes broken and still look great. To start arranging your living room you should ask yourself a few questions as helpful suggestions rather than strict rules. All of these principles should help you answer common questions like, “How tall should my coffee table be compared to my couch?” or “How large should my rug be for my living room size? or “Where should I hang my TV? Is there enough seating and will we be able to move around with ease?

Let's Start with

How do I navigate this space?


living room square floorplan layout

 A floor plan layout before decorating your space will help you make the best choices when it comes to the correct sizes and proportions of rugs, furniture pieces, and decor items to fit into your living space. When designing your room using the proper guidelines will play an important role in making the room feel balanced and in proportion to be decorated within a more manageable time frame and buying the correct pieces to fit into that particular space.

Maximize Your Focal Point in Your Living Room To Draw the Eyes

If the fireplace is the focal point, use decor like artwork or a mirror above the mantel to draw attention to this frame. Angle two armchairs towards it with a small table for drinks between them. This arrangement will make that end of the room feel lighter and airier, complementing the front of the room and showcasing your beautifully curated furnishings.


Metal Wall Art Unreasoning

Because you prefer art, let's highlight your vintage portrait, seascape collection, or that huge metal handspun abstract piece and make this your room's focal point. You can either blend them with your current decor or make a statement with something bold that stands out. Both options can really showcase your unique style! Use complementary lighting and decor to enhance the visual impact and draw attention to the feature on a wall. Just make sure it’s near eye level, so it’s easy to notice. If it’s hanging too high it might get overlooked. Done right, it’ll really draw attention and add a lot of character to your room!


When you don't have any other choice and the TV is going up in the living room, (because most times the kids are taking over the pajama room) place it so it doesn't dominate the room. You can still draw attention to other features in the living room even if the TV is centered. For optimal viewing, avoid placing your TV directly across from a window, as reflections can be a nuisance. Additionally, ensure it's not mounted too high on the wall, which is typically around 100-115 cm from the floor keeping it at a comfortable eye level for a more enjoyable watching experience.


If you're struggling to find a focal point, create one— even your coffee table can serve as an excellent centerpiece focal point. Fill a tray with something fun pieces - or think marble noughts and crosses game and a unique candle holder— and layered plants, a fun collection of very curated pottery with minimal visual “clutter” still leaving some room for your teacups.



Seating for the living room

There’s a lot of beautiful furniture available, but when decorating this space ensure there's enough space to walk around it. For smaller rooms, consider choosing more compact, small-scale pieces to optimize seating (like a couple of swivel chairs seems like the obvious answer) without overcrowding the space. Giving enough space between pieces of furniture creates a well-balanced living room where you can fit a small side table in the middle of two living room accent chairs giving both an organized and comfortable appearance.

Is there enough seating and will we be able to move around with ease?

Ensure a walkway of 76-91 cm between large furniture pieces to prevent the space from feeling cluttered; if space is limited, aim for at least 46-61 cm for easy movement and maintain an open, airy feel in your living room. If possible, pull it out your sofa at least 8-13 cm from the wall so the room can feel less cramped, and give it some breathing room.


Obsession Swivel Chair next to a wooden table

Always a fan of swivel chairs and this one is soft with a lot of give, plus it has such a pretty modern shape.


Scale Using Area Rugs, Lamps, and Decor Accessories

Decorate your living room with different shapes, heights, and sizes of furniture and textiles that will balance each other out. This will instantly bring a sense of proportion, interest, and drama to the living area. If everything is the same size, nothing will stand out. A great way to achieve this in design is by choosing one shade for the walls and the other complementary shades used in textiles, accessories, and furnishings. Tips for Scale and Balance


Layer Rugs for Proper Proportion in Your Space

area rug in living room

Because rugs add a lot of visual space to a room getting the right size rug is important. When your seating doesn't at least partially sit on the rug, it creates a sense that each piece is isolated, making the room feel disjointed and lacking in cohesiveness. Most living rooms need at least 240x300cm to larger to accommodate the room and have all the furniture floating around it. An area rug with a light color palette will open up your space and create an airy feel -while a rug with geometric patterns creates visual tricks, making the room appear longer.


cozy living room setup with a beige sofa and wooden coffee table by Woodka Interiors

Need some extra seating when guests come over, or a friend to pair up with your accent chairs, PROBLEM SOLVED this Boulder stool/ottoman comes in many stylish colors like diesel pumice and forest. I think this could work in almost any home.


Make Sure Coffee Table is to Scale With Furniture 

Are your coffee table proportions in harmony with your furniture? When bringing in a coffee table, scale is key to avoiding any awkward visuals when decorating the living room. You don’t want your coffee table so far from the sofa or having your coffee table too high like a barstool or too low that you would have to bend down to grab your teacup. Ensure that the coffee table is at least half of the size, no more than 10cm higher, around 40cm to 55cm in distance from your sofa so they look cohesive and belong together.


Work In Multiples With Lighting

Without great lighting, your living room might just feel a bit in the dark. Think beyond basics: a chic floor lamp in a corner, paired with a statement pendant can transform your space. Layered lighting not only brightens but adds depth and warmth, making your room shine. Remember, it's not just about function; it's about creating a vibe. With all those decor elements, gorgeous natural lighting, and that stylish rug, you're on your way to a very inviting, warm, and uber-stylish room.


add decor to your home

Speaking of decor elements, whether you also appreciate faux greenery (my love affair with artificial plants of all kinds runs deep ) or prefer only real plants for whatever reason, — faux trees, greenery stems and even topiaries and hanging plants add vibrancy and movement to a room without the hassle. Plus, displaying them in vases on the coffee table or styled in the corner in woven baskets adds great texture. Trust me, giving artificial plants a try can truly elevate your space!





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