Seating Design Pieces

What Are The Best Seating Design Pieces For Your Home Decor?

You spend a lot of time in your living room, so it looks great, but it also needs to be functional and comfortable. Mastering this trifecta can be a design challenge, but we’ve rounded up the best living room examples to inspire your decorating projects. From modern and formal spaces to approachable and rustic environments, there’s a living room idea you’ll want to take home below. Keep reading for stylish design living room tips, ideas, and shopping suggestions for spaces of any size.

The focal point of every space, these living room seating ideas provide a comfortable retreat for weary feet, an indulgent vantage point for viewing television, and an open hotspot for social sharing and informal entertaining. 

Whether you’re on the lookout for a streamlined petite perch for your ‘cosy’ nook, or an uber-tactile, cosseting style with easy-care appeal for your busy household, be inspired by our round-up of living room seating ideas to suit every style. 

Create Curves With Your Living Room Seating

Sculptural and curvaceous design is making a comeback, and it is about time, too. Versatile curves work in any type of living room, traditional or contemporary. They make small rooms seem bigger and can be incorporated in various ways. 

Although linear seating and furniture continues to have strong appeal, there is a definite trend towards a softer approach in the styling of our homes, with curves being easier on the eye and more comfortable to live with,’ explains Graeme Smith, a conceptual designer with Metris. What’s more, they can add both sensuality and ergonomics to a space while also helping to maximise space.

Hark Back To Yesteryear With Rattan And Cane

Rattan has been giving our homes a dose of rustic charm since its 1970s revival. This season’s homeware sees inspired combinations of textured rattan, tan leather and raw woods. Pair with spring pastels and earthy greens for a contemporary take on this retro trend.

Sing Out With Antique Seats

Decorating with antiques adds character, charm and elusive gravitas to a living room, and there is no better place to show off a strong antique collection than front and centre. 

Antiques have seen a surge in the past year – with many of us hoping to hark back to a simpler time. “Connecting to the past with personal items with a story to provide a sense of history and connection,” says interior designer Henriette von Stockhausen.

Choose A Focal Point

Never underestimate the power of a focal point in a room. Sometimes appear naturally, such as if you have the main window or a built-in fireplace mantel, while other times, you may need to create them yourself, as with TV stands and televisions. Whatever your chosen focal point, make a decision and stick with it. You’ll want to arrange furniture around it as much as possible.

Don’t Push Furniture Against The Walls.

The room measurements will dictate how far you can pull your furniture away from the walls, but even in a small space, you’ll want to give pieces a little breathing room by allowing a few inches between the backs of furniture pieces and the walls. Despite popular belief, this little bit of space can make rooms feel bigger. Of course, if you have a larger space, feel free to arrange furniture so that conversation areas are created in the middle of the room, leaving several feet between the walls and the furniture.

Create Conversation Areas

People should naturally be able to talk to each other without having to crane their necks or shout across the room. Position the sofas and chairs to face each other (not necessarily straight on, but close), and so they are close enough that people can converse without raising their voices. If the room is too large, create multiple conversation areas.

Find Balance When Arranging Furniture

Balance is always important in decorating, and never more so than when arranging furniture and other items in your living room. Consider both size and placement of the various pieces, making sure not to group all the large or small pieces in one area or to one side of the room, making space feel lopsided and a little unsettling. Also, make sure there’s variety in the shapes—if you’ve got straight-lined seating, consider a round coffee table.

Consider Traffic Flow

One of the most important things to consider when arranging furniture in any room is traffic flow. People should not be tripping over furniture, or each other, to pass through the room. Ensure a couple of feet (give or take a few inches) between the coffee table and sofa and between chairs. Create a clear path so people can walk from one end of the room to the other without difficulty.

Use The Right-Size Rugs

Area rugs belong under the furniture—all the furniture if you can manage it. Exposing some flooring around the edges of the room is fine, but when using an area rug, make sure it’s big enough that all the furniture in a seating arrangement can rest on it. At the very least, you want the front legs of large pieces to sit on the rug (the backs can be on the floor, if necessary).

Get A Big Coffee Table

When it comes to coffee tables, more often than not, bigger is better. A large coffee table in the middle of a seating area is great for aesthetics and function. It acts as an anchor for the room, and it leaves plenty of space for people to put down drinks or for you to display favoured accessories. A large table also offers easier access from the seats around it. That said, make sure to leave enough room between seating and the coffee table for people to pass through (about 18 inches). And if you can’t find a suitable large coffee table, two smaller tables or other coffee table alternatives can be a good substitute.

Let There Be Light

Lighting is one of the most important elements of any room, and it is neglected all too often. Always use a mix of overhead lighting, floor lamps, and table lamps (and sconces, if you can). A floor lamp looks great at the end of a sofa or behind an accent chair. Table lamps look lovely on side tables, shelves, and even mantels. Lighting needs to be placed at different levels to be properly balanced, so use a variety of fixtures liberally throughout your room.

Use The Right-Size Artwork 

Things hung on the wall—whether it’s artwork, mirrors, or sculptural objects—need to be placed strategically and in proportion to the furniture. Don’t hang a tiny photo over the back of your sofa, for example; instead, use either a large piece that is approximately two-thirds the length of the sofa or uses a grouping of pieces. If you’re determined to use a particular piece of art that is too small, put it in a larger frame with a large matte around it so it can hold its own when positioned near a large furniture piece. 

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Putting It All Together

When arranging furniture and accessories, it’s best to plan if your plan involves buying new pieces. Either uses an online floor planner or old-fashioned graph paper to sketch your desired floor plan. It’s the only surefire way to know whether or not things will fit the way you want.

Work Wonders With Woven Materials

Once confined to the conservatory, woven and cane seating is now making its way into living rooms. The new requisite for furniture and textiles is that they bring texture to a scheme – sparking a revival in woven forms – with Seventies-inspired rattan seating taking centre stage. 

Take this look into the modern era with clashing colour, pattern, and texture for a true one-of-a-kind scheme.

Pull Living Room Seating Away From The Walls

Select room seating that is in proportion to the size of your living room – oversized couches and chairs can make a small room feel narrow. Make sure you arrange your sofa and chairs at an angle to create a sense of depth to the room, as shown here; otherwise, if you place all seating against the walls, you might end up with a narrow ‘bowling alley’ look. This layout is great for intimate conversation, informal entertaining and small living rooms.

Create A Focal Point With Seating

Design your scheme around a key feature. If your living room has no natural focal point – create one. Here, a pair of patterned chairs do the trick. Pull out one colour from the chair fabric – and use it as the wall paint or curtain fabric – for a unified feel.

Use Symmetry To Your Advantage

Symmetry in interior design is a must for a formal, put-together feel. Your living space should feel structured and balanced. Look for matching pairs such as armchairs and side tables for the living room.

Choose A Good Quality Sofa

A living room needs to look smart and be comfortable – so don’t hold back on choosing good quality sofas and armchairs, whether you have plenty of space to play with or need a couch for a small living room. 

Add plenty of cushions but don’t scatter them; make sure they are smartly positioned. 

Add Interest With Exquisite Fabric

Don’t cover your sofas and armchairs in the same fabric, says Emma Sims Hilditch, Neptune’s Creative Director. Instead, move away from formal, matching seating arrangements by mixing different shapes, colours and textures to add dynamic interest and character.

‘Choosing a plain fabric for a sofa and stripes or a plaid for adjacent armchairs adds interest. If you have children or pets, it’s always worth scotch guarding new upholstery.’

Enhance The Flow Of Conversation 

‘Your floor plan should consider the room’s layout from a social and practical point of view,’ says interior designer Nina Campbell. 

Plan seating in groups to ensure conversation flows when you have guests and consider scale and how different pieces will sit together. Seating heights vary, so balance is key, but make sure guests are seated at the same level.’ 

Get Weird On The Coffee Table

Opt for something subtly quirky and unique instead of decorating your coffee table with the classic assortment of stacked coffee table books. Here, Romanek Design Studio covered the surface with a collection of classic pots and planters, which both enhance and juxtapose the formal, traditional elements throughout the space and the more modern ones, making for a fun and eclectic yet timeless sprawl.

Redefine “Neutrals”

Take notes on this living room if you don’t love playing with tons of patterns and bold hues but appreciate experimental pieces and tasteful pops of colour. Rather than opting for all black and whites, the anchor pieces—like sofa and tables—remain neutral, while the throws, artwork and lamp offer just a splash of colour (nothing too crazy: just marigold, red, navy, and green).

Add Something Unexpected

While the classic blue grasscloth wallpaper, floor lamp, and curtains set the stage for a traditional living room, designer Heather Hilliard added some unexpectedly edgy elements. The floral sofa and the green lucite coffee table are a welcome surprise that breaks up the classic elements without overshadowing them.

Upholster The Walls

Though classic and timeless, this living room by interior designer Kevin Dumais also has tons of fun. No detail is overlooked, from the red-painted ceiling to the velvet floor cushions for extra seating and the bold artwork. In addition, Dumais upholstered the walls in a leather fabric to make the room feel even more soft and intimate.

Make It Cheerful

From the playful pillows and ottoman to the elegant gilt mirror and bright blue walls, this space by Anna Spiro Design is perfect for low-key nights in or more formal gatherings. And the pleated yellow lamp is what makes the living room feel cheerful and cosy.

Keep It Classic And Crisp

A crisp, matte white living room is pristine, elegant, and timeless. Adding glass and metallic features sharpens up the white pieces. Sherwin-Williams Pure White is there for you when you don’t just want to experiment with trends anymore.

Use An Off-White

In this eclectic living room designed by Heidi Caillier, the jute rug, wood finishes, and brass accents bring plenty of warmth to ensure a cosy, inviting space. The colourful contrasting prints throughout contribute to the playful yet formal spirit of the room, too. And though it doesn’t necessarily stand out, the cream paint colour makes a transformative difference. White would be much starker.

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Choose A Bold Wallpaper

Wallpaper is one of those trends that keeps on giving and giving. If you go with a classic chinoiserie wallpaper, you can do just about anything with it as your style changes over the years. This modern self-portrait by Chuck Close is a bold contrast to the chinoiserie wallpaper (Iksel’s Eastern Eden) behind it in this Miles Redd–designed home. But, the contrast doesn’t stop there: Redd continued to venture beyond design convention by incorporating contrasting jewel tones and mixing modern furniture styles with antique pieces. Oh—and believe it or not, the lime green chair is from Ikea! Proof, even the best designers love a good deal.

Know Your Place

Before you even start decorating your living room, remember where you are. (If you live in a casual beach house, your design scheme will look very different from an urban industrial loft space, for instance.) In this beach house by Arent & Pyke, the design team focused on channelling the tropical vibe of a coastal home through fun motifs and casual materials. Yet, they still maintained a look of sophistication through fresh upholstery, beautiful artwork, and a thoughtful layout. If you’re a sucker for kitsch and wish you were always on island time, add a hint of it with one statement piece, like a vintage Hawaiian-print rattan chair.

Hang A Chair

Nothing ramps up the fun like a playful touch in the family room. This hanging chair in a living room designed by Romanek Design Studio proves our point—but the handsome leather upholstery also ensures a more sophisticated look. It’s the perfect blend of cosy and cool.

Have Fun With Throw Pillows

Here’s a lesson in monochromatic decorating with soul. Designed by Studio Razavi, this Parisian apartment is a beautiful blend of modern and Neoclassical style. While the room’s bones evoke a grand sort of luxury, the plush Moroccan rug and spacious white sofa make the space feel more approachable.


So, what are the best seating design pieces for your home decor? We’ve highlighted some of our favourites below. But before you make a purchase, be sure to measure the space you have available and consider how often you plan on using the piece. If you need help finding the perfect seating design piece for your home, our team is here to assist. With years of experience in interior design, we can help you find the perfect addition to your living room or den that will provide comfort and style and last for years. So don’t wait any longer – start browsing today!

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How Do I Make My House Cohesive?

Another fun way to create a cohesive palette is with colour. Having a colour story throughout the house gives consistency. You can vary how much colour appears in each room and what object the colour shows up on so that it doesn’t appear “matchy” but still connects each room to the next.

How Do I Build A Small Seating Area?

Try freestanding screens or trellises that take up little room for especially small seating areas. But, again, boundaries are necessary to establish the size and purpose of a space, hide unwanted views, frame desirable views, and add character to a space.

How Do You Seat A Lot Of People In A Small Dining Room?

By pushing the table against a wall or into a corner, banquettes save you floor space and put bench seating on two sides of the table rather than just one. It further maximises the number of people you can host (relatively) comfortably at once.

What Is The Furniture Layout Plan?

Although not a part of constructional or architectural work, a furniture layout drawing is integral to interior design drawings. These floor plan layouts show the schematic top view of furniture, and its location, size, and shape.

Should Your Whole House Have The Same Colour Scheme?

You don’t have to use the same colour scheme in every room, but you should connect the colours throughout your house – especially if it has an open floor plan. If you don’t, your space may look choppy and smaller than it is.

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