Read the interview with Lela Burris and Wayfair to find out all the best tips, tricks, and trends for living room design. Written in partnership with Wayfair
The living room is arguably one of the most used rooms in a home. With so much time spent here to relax, catch up with family, and enjoy a book or tv show, it should be a room that looks and feels its absolute best.
So when my friends at Wayfair asked to chat, I was thrilled to share my tips, advice, inspiration and trends for The Living Room Edit. I’ve been working hard at nailing down my own living room remodel, so the timing couldn’t be more perfect. I have searched images and ideas online almost every day for a month, and I’m happy to share what I’m most excited about.
The Wayfair Living Room Q & A with Lela of Organized-ish
Wayfair: As we start welcoming friends and family back into our homes, which pieces will you change around periodically in order to keep your space feeling fresh?
Lela: We currently have a very large L shaped sofa and massive ottoman in front of it. While this is great for our immediate family, we realize that friends and other guests might not want to squish all together on a sectional.
The changing of times has reminded us that we also need to add some extra seating to give guests a little breathing room. Swapping out a big ottoman for two smaller ones, and adding a couple of chairs will give visitors a place to sit without encroaching on their bubble.
Wayfair: What piece of furniture do you use as your focal point in the living room?
Lela: I’m a sofa-loving girl, so I personally love to make the sofa the focal point. Whether it’s a cool couch with sleek lines that has all the character packed into it on it’s own, or a neutral cozy sofa with fluffy blankets and pillows, I feel like the sofa is what invites people into a room to stay a while.
Wayfair: Moving on to design aesthetics, which styles and colors do you like to add to your living room space?
Lela: I love a clean, minimal living room, so I like to stick with neutral shades of ivory, cream, and matte black. I’m not a huge fan of stark white, so I tend to stay inside the warmer realm of neutrals. Throw in wood tones and brass accents and I’m in love.
Wayfair: Are there any living room design trends that are really standing out to you right now?
Lela: I’m loving the massive art trend happening right now. I just added a huge statement piece of art to our living room and it really made such a difference. If you have a large wall, I definitely recommend trying out one extra large piece of art versus a gallery wall. It looks more expensive and less cluttered.
Wayfair: What’s your advice to those looking to maximize their living room space?
Lela: Go for multi-purpose furniture. Ottomans with storage inside, coffee tables that lift into a desk, sofas that can be pulled apart and rearranged, and side tables that can be moved around for parties. When you can use one piece of furniture in two or three ways, you can change up your room often without spending any money.
Living Room Highlight: Furniture and Decor
Lela: My best advice for refreshing your living space with certain pieces is to stick with neutrals for your main furniture. They serve as a blank canvas for adding in color and texture and you can swap out things like pillows, blankets, artwork, and decor as your style or preferences evolve.
Wayfair’s Top Living Room Trends to Transform Your Space
For those looking for a living room refresh, check out the selection at Wayfair:
Living Room: Sectionals, Curtains, Floor Lamps, Sideboards, Wall Mirrors, Loveseats, Rugs, Picture Frames, Wallpaper, Ceiling Fans, Shelves and more!
My Biggest Tip: Wayfair’s List-Making Feature
Lela: Whether you’re planning a full living room remodel like I am or you’re just looking to change things up for the next season, Wayfair is your one-stop-shop for everything you need.
I love to use the list features on the Wayfair website to serve as a mood board for my projects. You can save all the items you are considering into a list and visually see how they look together. If something looks out of place, you can remove it from the list and replace it with something else. It’s like Pinterest but with a shopping cart.
For more info about how I use Wayfair and their services in my own home, you can check out my closet remodel here, plus my tips on planning a small closet here. If you like this interview, you’d also like the one I did earlier this year about outdoor decor tips and trends. And keep an eye on the blog, because my dining room and living room are about to get some serious love!