It’s easier to make living room decorating mistakes than you might think. While there’s a largely formulaic set of furniture to include – seating, coffee table and television – the most successful schemes have a few more subtle principles at play that help them to go from average and ordinary to practically perfect and utterly lust-worthy. 

There are a few modern living room ideas and visual tricks to learn, but in the initial planning stages, it boils down to being realistic about how you want to live in the room. ‘When designing, we like to think first about the room’s usage,’ says Keren Ritcher, co-founder and principal designer at White Arrow. ‘How many guests will be using it, are there kids or pets, is it a formal atmosphere wherein the room is rarely used, or is it a space that should feel more laid back and informal?’