How to Decorate Your Living Room in Geeky Chic Style

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“Geek Chic” is often described as the perfect intersection between mainstream fashion decor and nerd culture. Adding an extra bit of “chicness” to a space can offer the room a theme that’s more mature or feminine than it otherwise could be – although there’s nothing wrong with the latter! It’s all up to preference, and if you prefer chic geek, we’ll show you the best way to do it!

Step 1: Start With A Traditional Decorating Base

Any decorating style can incorporate Geek Chic elements, but you need to work around a base. A cottage-core seating area filled with wood furniture won’t use the same accessories as a Victorian-style living room. You want to blend each element together and not cause anything to stand out too much. In fact, some of the best geek decor will make your guests look twice.

Step 2: Movies, Games, or Everything in Between?

Are you a fan of sci-fi movies, ala Star Wars, or do you prefer immersive RPGs like Final Fantasy? Geek culture spans across all mediums and genres, and while you don’t have to have a theme or stick to one franchise, it can help your room look less cluttered. At the same time, you could buy multiple shelves if you need more space for your many collectibles or trinkets. 

Step 3: Get a Beautifully Crafted Couch

What’s a living room without a couch? Oftentimes a room’s decor will start with the sofa, as it’s typically the biggest piece of furniture in the room. Get a comfy sectional from Living Cozy or a sturdy chesterfield that can stand up to a lot of abuse. You’re going to be parking your butt on this sofa for hours on end, likely with friends, family, or your children, so choose wisely!

Step 4: Choose Between 1 Focal Point or Many Small Items

Overpowering the geek is 100% your choice, but with Geek Chic, you need to make a choice. Do you have a large movie standee that you want to display or a Tardis bookcase that needs some attention? Fans of Stranger Things have set up alphabet stickers and Christmas lights to imitate one of the show’s most iconic scenes, but your decor doesn’t have to be so obvious.

If you choose the subtle approach, you can usually add more Geek Chic elements without throwing off your traditional decorating base. Some cute ideas are a Lumos/Nox light switch plate from Harry Potter, book covers that take from other popular media, or a heart-container throw from Legend of Zelda. Some geeks just focus their obsessions around the computer.

Step 5: Choose Between Wallpaper or Paint

Many paint shops will create wallpaper around large properties, usually consisting of maps. I’ve seen wallpaper of the Marauder’s Map from Harry Potter, Middle Earth from Lord of the Rings, and Skyrim from the Elder Scrolls games. However, it’s much easier to revolve your decorating style around a single coat of paint. Otherwise, you may have to settle for black accessories.

Step 6: Add an Art Gallery

Movie posters and personalized art are cheap, so if you’re decorating your living room, adding photos is a good place to start. It’s better to place your posters in frames for a more professional look. Plus, it’s less likely they’ll be ruined. Many artists will have a group of drawings centered around a specific theme, property, or style, making it easier to create synergy with your decor. 

Step 7: Sparse Out Miniatures and Figures

Fans of tabletops and anime tend to collect a lot of small figurines that range between size and scale. Depending on how many you have, it may be better to space them out throughout your home than just in your living room. However, if you have enough shelving, coffee table, or desk space, go nuts! Just remember that you may need to dust these babies more often!