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Modern Bohemian Living Room Mood Board & Layout (our next renovation!)

Our next renovation has started! We are transforming our big boring space into a modern bohemian living room. Today we’re sharing our living room mood board and talking more about how we’re arranging the furniture with our rectangle living room layout plans.

Hard to believe that we have been living in this house for over three years now! We’ve been hard at work with everything from bathroom renovations, bedroom makeovers, redoing our entire backyard, lots of painting, and even things like DIY wall decor and woodworking projects to add to our home.

But one thing we haven’t yet done is renovate the room that we spend the most time in – our living room! The time has finally come to renovation our living room and we’re giving it a new look from top to bottom. Over the next several weeks we will transform this big boring room into a dark and moody modern bohemian living room.

Today we’re sharing our design plans with you – complete with a living room mood board, floor plans and renderings to show our rectangle living room layout!

This living room mood board article contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t recommend wholeheartedly. Read my full disclosure here.

Before pictures

Let’s take WAY back, shall we? Here’s what the living room looked like when we moved into this house over three years ago.

Empty living room tan walls and brown carpet with a black freestanding fireplace and brick surround and two stairs before the renovation
Living Room when we moved in 3 years ago

Tan walls, light blue ceiling, whew. The one thing you can definitely tell from this photo is how massive this room is. It’s roughly 18′ x 23′. Which is great, but also makes it tricky to layout and decorate.

Add to that, it’s also our entryway and the primary path from the front door to the rest of the house.

Last but not least, there’s also that fireplace that is kinda smack dab in the middle of the room so you’ve gotta figure out how to work that into your layout (more on our new rectangle living room layout below).

We’ve been SUPER busy on renovating the other rooms in our house, literally the only thing we’ve done in here since we moved it was repainted the walls with this color and called it a day.

Entry way with two step stairs covered in carpet going to the kitchen area before the renovation
The living room stairs, which have already been ripped out now
Black gas freestanding fireplace on the brick wall behind that goes half way up the wall and floor behind the gray recliner
The brick on this freestanding gas fireplace goes half way up the wall, which we are replacing
Grid of old living room top photo shows the black fireplace on the brick wall and floor, gray recliner, home media cabinet, wall decor and samsung frame TV, frames, and ladder blanket hanger, below photo shows a dog sitting on the L-shaped coach with throw pillows, kids toys at back
How the living room looks now…right after we started renovating
Grid of living room top photo with wall decor, frames, black clock, home media cabinet beside the entryway to the kitchen area in front of the gray sectional coach and other living room stuff and below photo showing other side of the room with farmhouse shelves, kids slide, blanket ladder beside the mud space beside the entryway and an old black farmhouse fireplace on the brick wall and floor
The furniture has already started to move around to accommodate the renovations.
Leather recliner, basket, throw pillows, vintage suitcase, pallet wood home media center cabinet with stuff on top and inside a painting, frame and black clock at the side view of the old living room before the makeover
The living room layout has always been something we’ve struggled with in this room

Rectangle living room layout

Having a long rectangle living room layout is tough. I never realized just how tough until I struggled with the layout in this long and skinny living room – for OVER THREE YEARS! We’ve tried several different layouts and never been 100% happy with it.

The hardest thing about the rectangle living room layout is working the fireplace into the furniture arrangement. The fireplace is right in the middle of the room and freestanding from the wall, so you can’t mount a TV above it like a normal fireplace, which means that it is hard to make it the focal point. This room is our primary (and only) TV watching room, so it makes most sense for us to have the furniture all facing the TV.

For years I’ve really struggled with how to arrange the furniture so that there’s not a back of a chair of couch facing the fireplace and I think we’ve finally figured how to make it work!

Hand holding sketch examples of a rectangle living room layouts for floor plan ideas

How to evaluate and plan your living room layout

  • I started by measuring the room and all of our existing furniture we planned to keep.
  • Next I drew out several to-scale rooms on graph paper, which we provide in our Renovation Planner! I made sure to make note on the plans of where the structural things in the room were (like the fireplace, stairs, doors, etc).
  • Once I started furniture shopping, I began sketching out different room layouts on the graph paper, contemplating the sizes of furniture that we were looking at (see image above for some of the different options).
  • I looked at Pinterest for more ideas and saved some of my favorites.
  • Next, I took things one step further created a floor plan and 3D renderings in an online program called DesignFiles. Check out the cool renderings I made below!
  • After I had several different options, I took a good look at all of them and thought about: flow of traffic, storage for toys (which we keep in this room), scale and balance and then discussed the options with Logan.
  • Once we finalized the living room layout, I ordered the furniture we needed.
Digital floor plan with furniture layout for large rectangle living room
Floor Plan with Furniture Layout for Living Room
3D of the living room plan from the entrance is a white rug and entryway, farmhouse shelf, and white recliner, renovated fireplace, L-shaped couch with basket beside it, circular coffee table and in front the seats is the wooden home entertainment center with television and second photo is another angle of the living room with the same furniture
Renderings with Furniture Layout

Aren’t those renderings so cool? It was so fun (and EASY!) to play around with different layouts and furniture arrangements in DesignFiles. However, one thing to note is that the exact furniture colors and design isn’t necessarily accurate on those renderings. You are limited to the 3D furniture that is preloaded into DesignFiles, so I tried to choose things that were close to the furniture that we were buying, but it isn’t an exact match. I was, however, able to manually adjust the size of the preloaded furniture so I could get an accurate representation of the scale.

Modern bohemian living room mood board

Now, are you ready for the fun stuff?? Here’s the modern bohemian living room mood board that we came up with. This pulls together the color scheme, furniture design and decor ideas! Learn how to make your own interior design mood board (for free) here!

vertical wall wood slat accent beside a frame and leather brown sectional couch with gray throw pillows and wooden coffee table, grey single armchair and wooden round side table, vintage looking rug, wood flooring and tiles a look at the modern bohemian living room mood board and design plans

Living room makeover to-do list

We’re so excited about the BIG transformation that is going to take place in our living room and we have some really fun and unique projects planned, as well as some simple step by step tutorials for renovations that will help beginners!

Here’s what we have planned:

  • Remove wall lights
  • Install recessed lights
  • Remove old stairs and build new stairs
  • Refinish wall behind fireplace with fun accent – tutorial coming soon!
  • Paint walls – check out the room painting process here!
  • Remove carpet
  • Retile tile entryway
  • Install laminate flooring – tutorial coming soon!
  • Wood slat accent wall – tutorial coming soon!
  • Wood slat accent in doorway
  • Make DIY wall art – tutorial coming soon!
  • Build shelf behind couch
  • Install new furniture & decor
  • New storage situation for toys

Who’s excited?!?! We’ve already started sharing the progress and behind the scenes over on our Instagram account – so be sure to follow along! We also have all the IG Stories saved in this highlight on our profile called Living Room Reno, so you can catch up at any time!

What’s your favorite part of our living room mood board?

Let us know in the comments below!

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