DecorTips Living Room Pointers

Follow these guidelines and you'll have an elegant, organized living room where no detail is overlooked.
DecorTips Living Room Pointers

Last update: 19 October, 2018

Are you still a little unsure about decorating? Do you want to surprise your guests? Today, we’re offering you some pointers on how to decorate a living room.

The shape or size of your living room doesn’t matter; what’s important, however, is making it comfortable, tranquil and aesthetically pleasing.

Every decorative element has a purpose. So don’t brush over the small things, every detail should play its role depending on the style that we want to create.

Let’s take a step-by-step look at some interesting ideas that might help you decorate your living room.

Proportion balance

Every piece of furniture and decorative element has proportion. They all form a part of the whole and should create a fluent feel.

We can achieve harmony through correct proportion distribution. But before getting started with harmony, you first have to choose the appropriate resources to decorate your living room.

Remember that every item that you choose is like a puzzle piece that has to fit into the bigger picture. There can’t be tension or proportion conflicts.

In addition, furniture pieces that are large make a room seem more spacious when scaled to the height of the room, in sync with the other elements.

Distribution process

You should use each and every furniture piece in a rational way. They all play a role and should help development a general theme.

The bigger pieces, such as the sofa or coffee table, will have a big influence. With that in mind, choose a color that can offer your living room an overall theme as it’ll serve as a cornerstone for the space.

The sofa will be used a lot. It’ll be helpful to place it next to a window, regardless of it’s a street-side or backyard view. To avoid glare on your TV screen, avoid grouping it with too near the window.

Guidelines Sofa Placement

You don’t have to fill every room with objects. Open space is positive. Let your living room breathe by using proportional distance between furniture.

Peace and harmony comes with ordering things properly.


  • Don’t try to fill in every space; allow for some room. It’s not the furniture placement, but rather the living room decoration that counts.
  • Organize rationally; place a table next to the sofa to have a place to put a lamp or another object. It’s the same case with the coffee table; try looking for one that has drawers and space to store magazines, books, etc.
  • As for the shelves, something that runs along the wall will work great to organize books and hold decorative items.
  • For the TV, try a low surface, with other decor pieces, or plants, beside it.


The color palette that we apply can really help create harmony between the pieces in a room. Clashes that result from poor color choices are nothing but a headache.

In order to build the ideal atmosphere, we need to achieve a general sense of unity. Using neutral colors will keep singular objects from having too big a presence in our living room.

The essential goal is matching the sofa, counters, coffee tables and rug successfully.

It’s the same for the walls and ceiling. They all need to express uniformity and, as a result, provide a contrast with the furniture. Light colors are great for the job:

  • White
  • Light grey
  • Salmon
  • Pistachio
Guidelines Colors

Lighting: a sensation focal point

The sensation that comes through light impacts decor and feelings. The living room can adopt a calmer, more tranquil and still atmosphere if we use the right kind of lighting.

First off, you have to use warm lighting. Get rid of any white light because it conveys coldness, stress and hurry. White lights are more often used in more functional settings: kitchens, storage rooms, bathrooms, etc.

Furthermore, the world of interior design has always taken lighting very seriously; so much so that in addition to warm lighting, the use of a blue spotlight (link in Spanish) has become a means of releasing stress.

Using a hanging lamp can also be a great option. Remember that there are plenty of models to choose from, such as the ones in IKEA, that have a simple design to fit in perfectly with any kind of decor.

However, for indirect lighting, you should use table or standing lamps.  Achieving an air of tranquility should be the main goal of lighting.

Floors: warmth and comfort

Beneath our feet, we should find warmth and an extension of the living room’s decor. For this we need to choose an appropriate floor material.

We recommend floorboards or parquet. They maintain their color well, are easy to clean and match perfectly with any decor.

What are the best materials for flooring? Let’s take a look at some examples:

  • Oak
  • Cherry
  • Beech
  • Maple
  • Teak
Guidelines Living Room Floors


Look for the style and theme that you’d love to have in your living room, but remember these guidelines as a way to distribute and organize your space more efficiently. Decoration isn’t random, but rather a perfect organization of the resources that we have.