Tips For Setting Up Your Living Room Furniture

You’re deeply invested in your home, so you care about the impression visitors get, but you also need the comfort we all associate with being at home.  Your personal space should create an environment which divides your working life from your down time.

We’ve collected these tips for setting up your living room furniture to demystify the fine art of furniture placement.  These are some time-honored tricks for making your living space as beautiful as it is comfortable.

Measure it first.

Well before you purchase investment pieces, you need to know what you’re working with.  Size matters in the realm of creating an attractive living area.  Knowing how much space you have will help govern your plans.

The size of your space is also useful information to have in hand when discussing potential pieces, like sofas and loveseats.  Knowing the size of your space is instructive.  Measure the piece and then ask yourself if it won’t either overwhelm your space, or seem lost in it.

Create interest with varying sizes.

Your living room should be comfortable.  That doesn’t mean it’s all about overstuffed, oversized couches.  One of these is great, but vary the size of pieces to create interest and texture in the space.  Arrange your living room around a focal point, like a fireplace, or even a large table.

cozy living room

An area rug under the principle furnishings creates an anchored appearance, unifying all the room’s elements and making them speak to each other, both in terms of form and function.

Making your space work.

You may think of your living room as a difficult space, but the only thing difficult about it is your conception of what it can do.

A long, narrow living room can be balanced by breaking it up into distinct areas.  Angle a sofa across part of the room, making it a divider between areas, while still leaving space for people to move around.

living room with smaller white couch and small table

In the other section of your room, create a zone for a specific activity, like watching television or movies.  Use pieces which relate to one another in their respective zones.  Again, employ area rugs which anchor and define your zones.

Shake it up.

Your home is your own.  Your rules apply.  Therefore, it’s perfectly viable to shake it up to create a living room which conforms to your taste and is aesthetically pleasing.

Instead of traditional arrangements and pieces, use shelving to create focal points and signal comfort.  Books and décor pieces can be placed on these, but they also help to define areas in larger rooms (as we’ve talked about above).

wall unit with a lamp and books on it

Use your walls, but remember that furniture needn’t be against a wall.  It can float two feet in front of it.  Use art which is both meaningful to you and creates color interest to intensify the effect this creates.

While the space may be large, leaving room between large articles of furniture and your walls creates a sense of depth, which brings dimension into the room.

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How Luxury Furniture Changes Your Home’s Perception

Perception.  Such a personal thing.  Shifts in perception can be achieved with a word, a gesture, a color – small changes.

But how you change the perception of your home takes careful thought and planning.  How luxury furniture changes your home’s perception is by creating a note of superior quality in the symphony of its many elements.

Luxury furniture is immediately recognizable.  In its craftmanship and unparalleled beauty, it can make the difference between a bland interior and one which resonates with graceful living.

Public spaces.

Infuse the public spaces of your home with luxury furniture that sets the tone for friends and visiting family.  From the guestroom to the living and dining rooms, this is where luxury furniture truly works on the perceptions of your guests.

luxury living room

Your visitors will feel like royalty when they’re greeted by luxury furniture which signals your personal sense of style.  Comfortable and enduring, adding a few pieces from a luxury brand changes everything.

The guestroom, when graced with a stylish bed, end tables and dresser becomes a welcoming sanctuary.  Greeting your guests with a room which resembles one they might find in an elegant, high end guesthouse tells them they matter to you.

The dining room, where you gather with family and friends on memorable occasions, can be recreated as a warm, yet stylish, retreat.  Intimacy is fostered when you gather around a table of fine wood, inlaid with care.  Seated around the table on finely-crafted chairs, your guests will remember your dinners well into the future.

They might not speak directly of the furniture, but their perception will be one of nurturing and refined luxury.

Shifting perceptions gently.

Adding key pieces to your home which reflect your lifestyle and desire for comfort and the embrace of visitors is a way to shift perceptions gently.

There’s no need to yell, when you can speak in a normal conversational tone.  It’s all in the selection of those key pieces that the wonder of shifting perception lays.

Your new luxury sofa can complement existing armchairs, adding a distinct flavor of the exclusive to your living room.  That dining room table, laden with homecooked love, subtly changes the atmosphere, making it somehow the delight it has never been before.

elegant dining table

Your guests may not even be aware of the addition of luxury furniture to your home, but they will notice a difference.  Your home will be known by all who visit as a thoughtful space, created by someone who cares about the way people feel when they enter its precincts.

Perception isn’t awareness.

The subtle shift in perception of your home doesn’t necessarily need to lead your guests to the source of the shift.  Rather, it should gently signal that there have been some changes made.  Those changes have re-visioned the space.  It’s still yours.  It’s just – different and in the best way possible.

It’s even more your home than it was before.

How luxury furniture changes your home’s perception is dependent on the shift you’re hoping to create.  As we said – it’s personal.

Décor to Complement Your Luxury Furniture

Décor is the icing on the cake.  It’s the slice of orange in your Negroni.  It’s the bow on a gift.  Décor is what completes your vision of a graceful home which expresses who you are and what you value.

But employing décor intelligently is a fine art.  Too much of it and you’ve created an overwhelming sensory environment.  Too little of it and your home appears unfinished and temporary.  Choosing the right pieces and defining the major furnishings with additional touches which create a pleasing whole, is a process.

Color and shape.

Color and shape should always be considered before value or fashion.  While the décor piece of the moment may be described as a “must have”, it might be exactly the thing you shouldn’t have in your bookshelf, or on your cocktail table.

elegant living room

Décor can be as big as an ottoman (adding function), or as small as glass sphere.  It can be as subtle as a stack of books arranged on an end table, or as striking as a Ken Chihuly work of glass art, greeting those who come in the front door.

Whatever you choose as décor to complement your luxury furniture, accenting the feeling you’ve created is the most important job décor can do for you.  Color and shape are key components of making décor do its job in your living space.

Pieces that speak.

When browsing décor pieces, think in terms of what you like, but also in terms of what you need to most effectively accent the mood you’ve created with your furnishings.

While it may be tempting to run to the nearest Pottery Barn to grab a bunch of nesting boxes, or some clay geese, temptation in that regard should be resisted at all costs.  Instead, take your time.  Turn to Pinterest to glean ideas that match your aesthetic.  Browse secondhand and antique stores.

Sometimes what you’re looking for can be hiding in unexpected places.

The rule of three and “important” pieces.

Photographers and artists know that groups of three are more pleasing than items grouped in tandem, or even alone.  These items needn’t be of the same shape and color, but they should have a unifying theme.  Three pieces of antique glass in different colors, for example, or three items of talavera pottery in different shapes, in the same color, may work.

wall decor in three pieces

If you’re planning on larger décor pieces, ensure that your lighting complements them.  There’s no point having a Chihuly in the entrance if people can’t get a good look at it.  Feature it, without making your guests feel as though they’ve crept into a museum.

Décor to complement your luxury furniture should be given time to coalesce around your aesthetic vision for your home.  As we’ve said earlier, don’t rush.  Build your vision with careful thought to each piece of décor’s role in it.

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Ways to Complement Luxury Furniture

People investing in luxury furniture understand that their homes are their sanctuaries.  That said, everyone isn’t an interior decorator, or has the creative chops required to find the right ways to complement luxury furniture.

At Michelangelo, we love luxury furniture design, but we also know that complementing is an art form.  Give your luxury furniture the detailed environment it deserves by employing some simple tips to make it look its best in your home.

The dynamic home.

Your home is an expression of who you are and your lifestyle.  Some are happy living in chaotic disorder, but that’s not for you.  You’ve invested in luxury furniture to make your home beautiful.

elegant room

A home which looks lived in, without looking like a bomb site, is the what you’re after.  It’s a home.  It’s not a spread for Architectural Digest.  Create dynamic synergy in your home by arranging your furniture in unexpected ways.

Everything needn’t be shoved up against the walls.  In fact, placing key pieces of furniture further out from the wall and at unconventional angles can create the illusion of more space than you have.  The trick is to avoid clutter, choosing instead arresting pieces which (without making rooms appear sparse) act to enliven the space.


Color is not something to fear.  It’s something to embrace.  Most people tend to play it safe, selecting natural tones like brown and beige, or nowadays, grey.

That’s fine, but putting brown cushions on a brown couch will read as uniquely insipid.  Instead, choose complementary colors which shock the interior you’re working with into life.

And don’t forget the walls.  Even if you create only one feature wall in a room of builder’s beige ones, you’re creating a focal point for the room.  With neutral tones, try something striking.  Go with a contemporary shade that brings color to the forefront, without overpowering its elements.

wall unit in a modern living room

Key throw cushions and décor pieces to the color of the wall – but make the color or colors you select harmonious.  They don’t have to be in the same family.  For a raspberry red wall, choose a shade of blue or green.  For a rustic yellow, choose shades of rich burgundy, or teal.

While your taste guides you, turn to Pantone for direction on colors which are both complementary and preferred colors of the moment.


As with color, we all have our tastes when it comes to lighting.  But it’s one of the most effective ways to complement your luxury furniture.

Choose lighting which satisfies both your tastes and your desire to showcase the luxury furniture you’ve invested in.  A classic, tufted sofa between two unobtrusive end tables comes to life when those tables are graced by elegant lamps.  Without shining a spotlight on the piece, you’re showcasing it in a traditional, subtle way.

Recessed lighting can make rooms come to life after the sun goes down.  Equipped with dimmers, you can set the mood of the evening by setting these to the desired intensity.

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Building a Luxury Furniture Collection

Understanding your tastes and how they meld with your lifestyle, as well as express it, is crucial to successfully build a luxury furniture collection.

Whether your interest comes from gazing at photos in magazines, or from a childhood home which included luxury furniture, if you’re reading this, you know you want it.  You want a home which is a place of rest and comfort, but also a showpiece that’s striking and unique.

Luxury furniture can achieve that for you, by bringing the quality and craftsmanship associated with its production into your living space.

The right fit.

Building a luxury furniture collection isn’t necessarily about fashion.  Neither is it about what’s happening in furniture design right this minute.  Most collectors of luxury furniture have a specific look and feel in mind, because they understand their personal aesthetic and lifestyle needs well.

elegant chair

Everything in your home needn’t fit the descriptor ‘luxury furniture’ for you to find a place for these singular pieces in your home.  You may have cherished antiques you want to set off, or shabby chic, reconditioned furniture that cries out to be complemented.

You’re choosing luxury furniture to create an emotional context for what you already have.  You may choose pieces for the living room or bedroom.  You may select boiserie, shelving, or finely crafted, inlaid cabinetry, or a simple armchair – but whatever you choose, you’ll know the right fit when you see it.

What’s important to you?

If you entertain guests in your home regularly, the living room is always a great place to start.  Many a stimulating conversation has begun while considering the lines of a classic Eames lounger.  Building a luxury furniture collection starts with you and your lifestyle needs.

elegant white bedroom

If you’re given to curling up in bed with a good book, then you may want to keep your luxury furniture all to yourself.  The introverts among us may have more need of a luxuriously tufted headboard than a contemporary coffee or end table.

But you may also feel compelled to furnish a home office with fine, contemporary furnishings, surrounding yourself with luxury furniture that works for you, as you work on your dreams.

Your style, amplified.

Building a luxury furniture collection is an individual pursuit, guided by your own observations about the type of living space you feel most at home in.

Whether your style is a quiet luxury which whispers of family gatherings and elegant soirees, or gilded, heavily tufted Old World chic, your selections will amplify your personal style by injecting it with exceptional design and craftsmanship.

You may want to go it alone, as you collect, or seek the advice of a design professional.  Either way, when you’re building a luxury furniture collection, being true to yourself is the first order of the day.  It’s your style and that has nothing to do with fads, trends or fashion.

It’s all about you.

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