Ideas For Decorating My Living Room

Dear Style Studio Team,

I am decorating a completely empty formal living room. It has two large built-in bookcases surrounding a fireplace, and very large windows on one wall.

This is the first room you see when you enter our home, just in front of the foyer. It will most likely be used rarely, for the occasional book club, or reading with some good wine after the kids are in bed. I am struggling with comfort versus appearance and layout.

Living Room With Fireplace

Living Room With Windows

I am (what I would describe) as classically modern. I like the on trend stuff, but I want a good quality, not too edgy feel.

I have been contemplating a tufted couch (not quite a chesterfield) in a light gray, spa, or light blue with two comfortable chairs (looking at stratford or eton).

I was thinking of putting the couch in front of the window with the two chairs facing away from the entry. But, I don’t want to give the room a closed-in feel (its been empty for so long Im used to it!!)

I love the texture of your bornova side table, but I’m struggling with an upholstered ottoman or a coffee table. I’m also thinking about a desk or hutch along the large wall.

Currently everything is painted very cream. I’m not sure what color for the walls…maybe a light gray? I’d like to keep the colors in the gray and blue spectrum and I’ve been trying to go with the theme of peacock without going too far ūüėČ

What would you suggest for layout/ furniture/ accent pieces? ANY help would be so much appreciated!!



Long shot of Living Room


We love the feel of this room with its arched openings and the flood of natural light! Your color direction and style sounds perfect and the room will be beautiful when finished.

All great rooms start with an inspiration point. Let’s start with our Manchester Sofa in Linen Spa for yours. The frame of this sofa has simple lines that hint towards classic modern.

Next, cover your windows with multiple panels of Bingham Printed Gray Damask.  We also suggest adding side tables to your sofa like our Elsie End Table.

Bring the color palette to life with sofa pillows in Queens Velvet Teal, Slate and Indigo. Our San Marino Secretary Hutch in distressed blue will really give your long wall purpose and we suggest¬†flanking this piece with our new Peacock Folly Framed Art … for your peacock style.

To finish off this wall, top each framed art with a Bellesol Mirror. Remember to add a  small side chair for use with the secretary. Our Gentry chair would be a great choice for size and scale.

Misti Living Collage

Adding two chairs facing the sofa will complete the cozy conversation grouping. We recommend our Hindsdale Club Chair – and cover the pair in Velvet Teal to repeat the striking pillow color.

Next, place the Bornova Table in gray between the two club chairs. We suggest the Bouclier Coffee Table in the middle of all activity … the center of attention in Distressed Gray.

For the ‘pi√®ce de r√©sistance’ above the mantel, add Chevron Waves Abstract Art. Since there is beautiful intense blues radiating throughout the room, we recommend a subtle paint color like Benjamin Moore Titanium OC-49 for your walls.

Remember to first paint a test area so you can see the color in ever changing natural light.

Have fun and Happy Decorating!

The Style Studio Team

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