How to decorate a square living room

Updated April 17, 2017

Although a popular shape, a square living room can be a difficult project to tackle because furniture usually ends up being shoved against the wall, making the room feel cold and distant. Another challenge is that there aren't any small areas in the living room such as a small little nook that can be made into a cosy reading corner. The solution is to use a bit of creativity to create a warm living room that takes advantage of the space you have.

Choose a paint colour that evokes a certain mood in the living room. For example, use chocolate browns or deep reds to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. If you want a carefree feeling, choose paint in shades of cool greens or blues. Neutral colours are classic because they need only bright accessories.

Use a large living room rug to create a focal point in the room. Arrange furniture pieces around this rug to create a conversation area. Line up the sofa with the long edges of the rug. Make sure that the sofa is about 10 feet away from the wall.

Add a love seat to this conversation area. Place it so it lines up with the shortest edges of the floor rug. Make sure that this furniture piece is away from the wall.

Opt for an ottoman and a coffee table that has rounded edges to soften up the harsh square lines of the room. Place the table in the centre of the floor rug.

Add chairs that can be moved around as needed near the corners of the rug so that they are facing towards the coffee table.

Designate a reading area in the living room. Create a cosy reading area with a large comfortable chair, magazine rack, book shelf and a tall floor lamp. Add a round table to this area, which can be used to play board games with family or visitors.

Place a large painting on one wall to pull the living room colour scheme together. Choose colours from the painting and use accessories that are in the same colour family. For example, if you selected a painting of red roses, choose throw pillows in shades of red or pink. Choose a painting with circular lines to give a sense of movement.

Select accessories such as vases, throw pillows and decorative art prints to add colour to your living room. Choose some of your favourite accessories and find a creative way to display them. For example, if you love the colour of peacock feathers, display them in a large, trendy vase or frame them and hang them on a wall.

Select round light fixtures such as floor lamps and table lamps that will soften the square lines of the room.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Rug
  • Sofa
  • Love seat
  • Ottoman
  • Coffee table
  • Chairs
  • Magazine rack
  • Book shelf
  • Foor lamp
  • Round table
  • Painting
  • Accessories
  • Lamps
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