DESIGN HACKS! 5 Things Every Living Room Needs | Julie Khuu

DESIGN HACKS! 5 Things Every Living Room Needs | Julie Khuu

This design hacks series covers all the basics you need to furnish a room, complete with styling tips to layer the space over time. Today, we are talking about the living room and the 5 key items that will help support the way you live and function. Do you agree with my tips? Is there anything I’m missing that’s a MUST-HAVE item for you? Comment below and let me know!

Check out the design hacks series and more helpful videos linked below!

0:00 Introduction
1:09 Conversation Area
4:07 Coffee Table
5:15 Overhead Lighting
7:11 Focal Point
8:40 Area Rug
10:32 Styling with Extras
11:00 Ambient Lighting
11:44 Storage Cabinet
12:24 Side Table or End Table
13:51 Something Fresh and Vibrant

If you loved this video, check these out:
• DESIGN HACKS! 5 Things Every Bedroom Needs (and 2 You Can Probably Do Without
• DESIGN HACKS! 5 Things Every Home Needs
• COMMON DESIGN MISTAKES | Living Room Design Mistakes and How to Fix Them
• 4 Furniture Ideas to Maximize Your Living Room Layout
• How To Measure Your Space for the Right Furniture
• TOP COFFEE TABLES Roundup 2022
• How to Create a Stunning Focal Wall for Your Living Room
• COMMON DESIGN MISTAKES | Area Rugs Dos and Don’ts
• How to Choose the Right Area Rug for Every Room in Your Home

Cover Image: Marie Flanigan
Edited by: Kelly Nguyen for Julie Khuu Interior Design
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  1. Georganne Zeiger on April 8, 2023 at 7:52 am

    What if you have vaulted ceiling?

  2. Garlic Girl on April 8, 2023 at 7:53 am

    I have to get out of my generation gap. I am like living room…you were not allowed in the living room but family room. Now that was different 😜.

  3. Claudia Gonzalez on April 8, 2023 at 7:53 am

    Can we use an ottoman?? We have a big one.

  4. Nelson Kaiowá on April 8, 2023 at 7:56 am

    Made notes, very helpful, thank you.

  5. Sylvia Bartholomew on April 8, 2023 at 7:57 am

    Great Ideas, very helpful. Where is the best place in the living room for a large screen TV?

  6. douglas yong on April 8, 2023 at 7:57 am

    Any rules regarding side tables, can they all be different, must it jive with the coffee table.. table lamps placement for the main sofa, where to position the massage chair, etc. Apologies for the barrage of questions

  7. angie tiu on April 8, 2023 at 7:59 am

    Hi Ms. Julie, love your vlog. I love to decorate but with limited resources.

  8. Lea DiMento O'Brien on April 8, 2023 at 7:59 am

    where do you put a trash can? does every room need one? how about a window air conditioner? I have central air but like my bedroom cooler and may just want it on in my bedroom but no the rest of the house etc. do you use a dust ruffle on a bed? how do you dress a bed that got a bed pillow? Love your split screen its the only way I can see the differencees

  9. Gods Child on April 8, 2023 at 8:00 am

    So what happens if you have a sectional?

  10. Elaine NJ on April 8, 2023 at 8:03 am

    Thank you this was so helpful!

  11. v Rosa on April 8, 2023 at 8:03 am

    Very helpful….thanks.

  12. Lilian Madidi on April 8, 2023 at 8:04 am

    Can mix marble with wood

  13. Sandie Edward on April 8, 2023 at 8:07 am

    Agree with your List and always love the Design choices You show!! Makes One Dream about always achieving an even better Astetic in Our Spaces…Thanks 💯% as I rewatch these am always achieving a Better Space to Live in as Nothing is ever truly Done,,,🧐 Is It ✔️✔️😂🤣 Life is Always Giving and Subtracting things in Ones LiFe 😘🥰💝 Happy Holidays 🙏as it’s Almost 🦃Thanksgiving; in Less then 4 more Days 😂🤣 as I’m reviewing your video’s 🦃once More for Ideas… Thanks 😘

  14. Crystal Folse on April 8, 2023 at 8:07 am

    Good info thanks

  15. Cristine Ramos on April 8, 2023 at 8:07 am

    I totally agree with all five but I skipped a rug/carpet altogether because of both young kids and dog. The room is small enough that I don’t miss it. Would love a 5 things for the dining room.

  16. Lisa Marie ChinKing on April 8, 2023 at 8:09 am


  17. Tulika Chari on April 8, 2023 at 8:11 am

    Lighting for artwork on the wall?

  18. Tiffany Perez-Smith on April 8, 2023 at 8:11 am

    What about an area rug in a wall to wall carpet already? Especially if they carpet is high end and plush?

  19. Jerri Dorr on April 8, 2023 at 8:15 am

    I am going to be selling my new leather sofa as too big and I want a dining room. You are so in my head saying this doesn’t fit get rid of it lol. But I really want a dining area in my studio. I think I am going to get 4 barrel chairs with some kind of fabric ottoman/coffee table. I will have to use floor lamps as I have no overhead lights. I do have a 8 x 10 area rug that will take care of my new seating and dining

  20. A M on April 8, 2023 at 8:17 am

    Julie, you ara AHHHMAZING!

    I love your channel, and you are, by far, the best "teacher" in Interior Design on youtube. Also like Norma Bates mentions, the pictures (with your explanations) makes it all so simple and easy to understand.
    Congrats!!! Keep the great work!

  21. Hug 23 on April 8, 2023 at 8:22 am

    hey nice music!

  22. Cecil All41 on April 8, 2023 at 8:23 am

    Wow! Absolutely Amazing.👍

  23. Elvira Ramona Happel on April 8, 2023 at 8:24 am

    I JUST LOVE EVERYTHING IN THIS VIDEO! Julie, you’re a genius! And btw, my very best wishes to you and your family: a baby is on the way! You are a beautiful pregnant woman. All the very best to all of you ❤

  24. Phoebe Winter on April 8, 2023 at 8:25 am

    Had to laugh when you mentioned the day care feel and the living room not feeling complete without an area rug. Enjoyed this video, as with ALL your videos. I really enjoy you too, Julie. <3

  25. Price Design on April 8, 2023 at 8:25 am

    Always enjoy your great videos!

  26. petra daniels on April 8, 2023 at 8:26 am

    thats smart you realized there are people who dont entertain .. and made comments about it

  27. mary gachoka on April 8, 2023 at 8:27 am

    Hi Julie, what if one has two focal point, a fire place and a large window view? Which one is prefferable?Thankvyou

  28. Juanita Lancman on April 8, 2023 at 8:27 am

    It helped me alot….thanks for all your videos….

  29. Eddie Alva on April 8, 2023 at 8:28 am

    You are the best design teacher!

  30. David Boeger on April 8, 2023 at 8:30 am

    Oh my gosh, as new parents, we also replaced our area rug with a rubber play mat! I can’t wait for our baby to outgrow it.

  31. Randal Davis on April 8, 2023 at 8:32 am

    Can you put an area rug over carpet and the rules for area rugs the same?

  32. Malou Cornelissen on April 8, 2023 at 8:33 am

    Thanks for sharing this Julie

  33. lina martinez on April 8, 2023 at 8:34 am

    If I give you the floor plan of my new home living room, can you implement the pieces of furniture to accommodate such space? More particularly, living room and bedroom. Confused because fireplace in the living room is a walkway to the slider doors to backyard. Sofas would be so far back to view TV (mount there already) above fireplace. Thanks

  34. Nicholas Oliko on April 8, 2023 at 8:34 am

    Very impressive ❤️. Those are wonderfully designed living rooms

  35. LaHoma Johnson on April 8, 2023 at 8:34 am

    Doing a refresh in my living room so I love the ideas !

  36. Valari Kendrick on April 8, 2023 at 8:35 am

    Julie how about how to add art to our spaces

  37. William Wade on April 8, 2023 at 8:35 am

    I love what this woman does and I’m a subscriber, I just would like her to spend some time in a foot of snow and sub zero temperatures to expand her style. She’s just too warm weather.

  38. Barbara Geiger on April 8, 2023 at 8:36 am

    Enjoyed I agree with the list

  39. J Shahani on April 8, 2023 at 8:37 am

    Hi Julie, I have recently started to follow your videos, they are super helpful. Thank you and keep up the amazing work 🙂 I have a stupid question- can I place a console table in front of a large floor mirror ? The alternate could be console and a wall hung mirror of course .. would appreciate your guidance and thoughts … best, J

  40. Kathleen Bay Handog on April 8, 2023 at 8:38 am

    Our home is not as big and fancy as the sample photos shown on this video.. could you please share anything that would be a good fit for smaller homes?

  41. Margaret Judice on April 8, 2023 at 8:38 am

    Great ideas in this video. I agree with you. For me, I always have blankets in my recliner for the dog and I. I need to work on the living room. Thank you for sharing!

  42. Libby Andrews on April 8, 2023 at 8:39 am

    So interesting! Our living rooms have always been the least used and usually only used for holidays!

  43. TIgre on April 8, 2023 at 8:40 am

    I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect sofa to replace my ugly brown one (husband bought it). And I have been taking my time hunting. But in the meantime, I purchased a velvety stretchy dusty blue slipcover. I was really pleasantly surprised at the look and fit of it. It completely covers every inch of the sofa and tucks into the sides of each cushion. I know how people feel about slipcovers. But this one really doesn’t look like one. Now, I feel like I can take my time to find the perfect sofa. Also want a new, larger area rug.

  44. Jenesis on April 8, 2023 at 8:41 am

    My living room is 24×15. The half by the door is my yoga/workout area. The inside half I set up stereo system but no TV. I have a projection screen when I do want to watch on big screen I’d hook up my ipad.

  45. Jeannie Staller on April 8, 2023 at 8:41 am

    We haven’t had a coffee table for years. It’s just one more thing to stub my toe on. We also like to have some open space to dance or exercise. It’s also hard to vacuum around. I would like to get some nesting tables that slide flush with the furniture and can be pulled out and pushed in as needed.

  46. Julie Khuu on April 8, 2023 at 8:45 am

    I believe the conversation/ seating area is the MOST important factor when it comes to setting up the living room. Get the scale right, the proportions correct, choose the most comfortable support you can find and the rest will come easy. Agree or disagree?

  47. Debbie Zullo on April 8, 2023 at 8:46 am

    Totally agree ❤️

  48. Bedina Bebe🐝 on April 8, 2023 at 8:47 am

    Thanks Radiant Mama. Your content is so valuable & genuine. Your success can only increase…

  49. agnes ndetaramo on April 8, 2023 at 8:48 am

    Miss you Julie

  50. Theresa Slattery on April 8, 2023 at 8:50 am

    I loved your list – I have covered the bases but I love seeing the examples showcased 😊

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