Decorating a living room seems easy, in theory. In practice however, things are a bit more complicated. Balancing colors, patterns and fabric is something homeowners should be looking after. The type of furniture you’re about to purchase must also fit properly in the allocated space, and not appear too large or too small. There are many other things one should consider when decorating their living areas. Here are some smart tips to help you make the most of the space you have available.
Research before adding furniture
If you can’t decide on a particular style for your living room, you should perform a thorough research. First assess the space you have available, and then start checking out various designs. Explore the web for some inspiration. Websites like Freshome and HGTV are excellent; they have lots of great posts and pictures with dream home decors that look incredible. Grab a couple of different designs, and then decide on what you like most. Feel free to blend them together to come up with your own living room design.
Choose furniture pieces carefully
Furniture sets the tone of any sort of room, whether it’s the bedroom, living room or dining area. The items that you choose will fill up the space to make it look elegant, welcoming and comfortable; that’s why you need to think carefully before making a decision. Living areas should feature the best sofa and armchairs. Decide on a set that matches the walls of the room, but also the windows and the flooring.
After you’ve purchased basic furniture – sofa, shelves/bookcase, and armchairs – it’s time to fill in the blanks and make the space functional too. A coffee table is fundamental. It has to match with the sofa, but also with the rest of the decorations. This season the coffee table is the center piece of the living area. It must stand out! A metal and glass coffee table will make an instant impression. Both glass and metal are unusual materials for a table; most people choose wood. Think outside the box for once and do thing differently. Glass creates fluidity and welcomes more light into a room, whereas metal gives the whole space a unique, urban allure that your guests will surely appreciate.
Light up the room
Lighting is vital when decorating a living room. It shouldn’t be too dim and it shouldn’t be too bright either. Creating a good, intimate ambiance is vital. Proper lighting will make your guests feel at home, not to mention that it will make dinner time for you and your family extremely pleasant and comforting. If you don’t want to invest in lighting systems, consider brightening up the place with great furniture. White and beige should be the main focus; however you can always bring in more natural light with mirrors and glass furniture.
Window treatments & curtains
No room in the house can look complete without proper curtains and window treatments. The living room in particular, has to stand out. Choose curtains made of a thicker material, such as silk or cotton. This way, if you want to make shade in the summer, you won’t have to struggle. As for the window treatments, shutters might seem like an excellent choice if the room has a classic appeal with a twist. Decide on colors that create an impact. Black can be a bit too dark and impactful; however, black with golden patterns can add a touch of elegance and drama to the whole area.
If you want to make a statement and you can afford that, go for the highest quality type of material (Egyptian cotton for instance) and the deepest hue of burgundy. Deep red and golden accent will give your living area a royal allure everyone will adore. Don’t forget to take proper measurements. Your curtains should reach the ground; and they should cover the whole window when stretched.
There are so many ways you can go for to transform the living area and make it stand out. Use your imagination and don’t be afraid to improvise. Use accessories to make your space your own, and you’ll definitely enjoy spending more time in there.
By Alfred Stallion and TomFaulkner.co.uk!