How to Style Your Living Room Like a Pro


Living room styling can be a daunting task. It takes skills to get right and at the same time, it takes the right intention to make everything perfect. Lurking on Pinterest and searching for living room-style ideas is exciting but can also be overwhelming when you don’t really know what you’re searching for. If it’s your first time decorating your space, it takes a lot of patience and time to put everything together. Sometimes, you might even end up hiring an interior designer to make sure everything looks great. However, if the budget is tight, this is not really the best way to go. 

Whatever your style is, whether it’s traditional, modern, Scandinavian, contemporary, you name it, living room styling can be a breeze. There are different ways to style your living room like a pro both in form and function. You can opt for a luxurious interior design if you want to. It’s easier than you think to make your space as welcoming and comfortable as you want it to be. And no, it doesn’t always start with a Pinterest search for living room-style ideas. 

Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks to decorate and style your living room like a pro.

Interior designers working on a new living room styling project.

Living Room Styling Tips

  1. Familiarize your space

It all starts with knowing your canvas. Measure your space and know exactly how much square footage you’re working on. Check how many windows you have, how many walls, and take their exact measurements too. Doing this saves you a lot of time and money so you don’t have to go through the hassle of buying furniture and furnishings that won’t fit. 

Familiarizing your space gives you a clearer idea about which part of your space needs more attention and which part doesn’t. If you want to make it a little extra, get a pen and paper and experiment. Draw which pieces you want to add and where. You may also color it to get a better feel of what the space would look like. It’s fun!

  1. Match your aesthetics with your intentions
An aesthetic living room.

Before you start looking for style inspirations online, it’s best to understand what your intentions are. What function will your living room serve? Are you decorating it for big family gatherings, simple and intimate family conversations, or just a cozy area for you to breathe and read? 

Your intentions, whatever they are, play a huge role in the design process. These intentions determine the aesthetics that suit your space best. Once they’re set, it’s time to turn to Pinterest and search for living room-style ideas. You’ll know what you’re looking for if that pin makes you feel at home. That’s when you know it’s right. It can be a luxurious interior design for some or a minimal one for others. Do a vibe check and collate them all on your very own Pinterest board.

  1. Mix light and dark colors

It doesn’t have to be a drastic mix. You can still prioritize one particular color if you want. If you’re aiming for an airy and clean space, opt for more neutral colors or use more white. For a more feminine look, add touches of pink. But if you want more depth and balance, consider adding contrast here and there. It can be in your hardware, cabinets, or in your finishing touches. Mixing light and dark colors is a good way to make your living room feel richer and more welcoming.

  1. Don’t forget about house plants

If you’re a busy person who doesn’t always stay at home, you might want to get fake plants. But if you’re not, having real house plants is totally better. Greenery keeps your space fresh. The oxygen that plants give off makes every day feel a lot cozier. House plants also help boost your well-being. They are the most cost-effective way to make a living room feel like home.

  1. Add vintage pieces for some character
Store full of beautiful vintage pieces.

Who wouldn’t want a conversational piece? No one. Since the living room is where most of the conversations happen, why not add pieces that could spark one? Vintage furnishings are statement pieces. Veranda says that people have soft spots for antiques. And I agree. We all love pieces that tell stories. 

Vintage doesn’t have to be expensive too. It can be your great grandparents’ knick-knacks or a family artwork that’s been passed on to generations. If you’re feeling fancy, you can shop for antiques too. 

  1. Play with textures

Different textures add character to your living room too. The contrast in materials shows more diversity and creativity. Be practical and buy a leather sofa for easier maintenance but add some knitted or wool blanket for some plush texture. Experiment and add as many textures as you can. Just don’t overdo it. The goal is to have pieces that may look odd on their own but make a pretty good ensemble when put together. If all else fails, go back to your living room style ideas’ board and see what others are doing. 

  1. Decorate your walls wisely
A living room with classic wall art

One of the first things that guests see when they enter your home is your walls. Hence, they deserve lots of attention. Walls have a lot of decorative potentials. They should never be blank. Hang beautiful pieces of art or paint them. If your wall is next to a window, add a mirror to reflect sunlight and make the space look bigger. Better yet, add your family photos and turn one wall into a gallery. This makes it truly unique. 

If you’re looking for more space, however, you can also give your wall a makeover and transform it into storage spaces. Add a cabinet or two beside your TV stand. It can also be a bookcase if you’re an avid reader. Either way, walls are important and wall decor is essential. The right wall decor pieces can really set your living room apart. Choose them wisely!

There you have it – all my living room style ideas, tips, and tricks in one curated article. Now, I know you’re all too giddy and excited to start decorating but before you go, I have one more piece of advice. Don’t take it too seriously! I know you want your space to be perfect but it’s not always the case. Perfection can be seen in imperfection too. It’s okay to have one or 2 things that are out of place. If you have kids, you’ll know what I mean. What’s most important is to have a living room that radiates your personality and gives you warmth and comfort. Everything else is just a little extra. 

So, what’s your living room styling story? I’d love to hear about it. Let me know in the comments section below and get a chance to be featured in our upcoming articles. Talk soon!