Be it vintage or contemporary, French windows with large walls or a single-room studio with a cozy fireplace, there are a few rules of décor that make sure that your living room is the ideal place to and enjoy a cup coffee and catch up with friends and family. Here we tell you how!

Living Room Design by Savio & Rupa

Mid-Century inspired Living Room design by Savio & Rupa

1. The Focal Point. Be it a couch, individual chairs, a bean bag or a large printed pouf, it always helps to focus the sitting around a central object or activity. Movie night? Angle them just a little towards the television so that everyone gets a proper view. Playing monopoly with the kids or a game of poker the night after? Then just move a couple of poufs around to fill the gap and you’re good to go! Remember to leave a little room for shuffling them around.

Living Room Layout designed by Indo Fusion Interiors

Living Room Layout designed by Indo Fusion Interiors

Straight Line Studio's Living Room Design with two centres

Straight Line Studio’s Living Room Design with two centres

Emphasis needn’t be only on the activity. If you have a fireplace or a view of city lights then show that off by subtly pointing the furniture in that direction!

If you’re looking to orient your room keeping children in mind, it always helps to space out the furniture and spread a large rug in the center.

Living Room with rugs designed by Kumar Moorthy Associates

Living Room with rugs designed by Kumar Moorthy Associates

2. Symmetry isn’t everything, so while Balance and Harmony of the heights and sizes of tables and chairs matter, don’t force them into a square or circle. If the room isn’t one to allow it, there is always an informal balance which gives the space a much more casual appeal.

3. The Entries and Exits. If you have a couple of children running around or you tend to run out of the house in the morning with a cup of coffee and packed lunch, then no one knows better than you how annoying it is to bang into footstools and table-top edges on the way. Set the furniture to leave a ready path from one door to another, giving you ample space to move around. If the doors and windows are off center, then that might give you an interesting arrangement of seating by default!

Living Room with a passage by 3 Fold Design

Living Room with a passage by 3 Fold Design

4. Colour is the most subjective decision of all, but a few tried and tested warm shades of browns and greens or a combination of loud accessory shades with neutral wall hues are sure to work when in doubt.

Neutral, warm colours with a pop of bright cushions. Living Room of Dr S R Mohan Lekha

Neutral, warm colours with a pop of bright cushions. Living Room of Dr S R Mohan Lekha

5. Know when to stop. People have a tendency to go overboard and cram their living room with every latest trend in décor and color that just kills the space. Stick to one, maybe two design schemes and make sure you give enough focus to the play of empty space along with the actual objects.

A well accessorized Living Room by Vijay Kapur Designs

A well accessorized Living Room by Vijay Kapur Designs

Simplest balance would be either bold colored walls with neutral curtains, couches, and artwork or the other way round, but if you put in a printed curtain on a wallpapered surface extending onto a Persian rug and embroidered poufs, then you have to be cautious enough to let the colors and textures flow into one another just right.

Keeping it simple? Let the plush rug do its work and command the room, let that perfect canvas with sweeping landscapes act as an unhindered window into other worlds or a brilliant wine-red wall entice every guest.

Single design scheme in this Living Room designed by The Hidden Gallery

Single design scheme in this Living Room designed by The Hidden Gallery

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