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5 Decorating Tips for Living Room

Like the name implies, the living room is easily one of the most important rooms in our homes. Unlike basements, kitchens or bathrooms, the living room is usually our first thought when it comes to decorating a new home. At the same time, living rooms need to be one of the most versatile spaces in your home. They take on a number of different roles which can make getting the decor just right a bit of a challenge. For some of us, the living room is still a more formal space reserved primarily for entertaining guests; for others, it's a very casual space. It's where we kick back after a long day to rest and relax or where we wile away the hours during a long weekend enjoying leisure activities like watching TV and reading.

Typically living rooms have plenty of seating. There's often at least one sofa and a couple of chairs. Of course it takes more than chairs to make a room work. A complete living room requires tables, bookshelves and other pieces of furniture, all working together in harmony to give the space a cohesive and stylish look.

To make your living room the best it can be check out the following articles about living room decorating.

Arrange Living Room Furniture

There are a few important things to remember when arranging living room furniture.

  • Use the furniture to create conversation areas. People should be able to comfortably talk to each other without straining their necks or shouting. If the room is particularly large you might want to create a few different conversation areas.

  • Don't forget about traffic flow. Leave enough room for people to walk around furniture so they can easily get from one side of the room to another.

  • Pull furniture away from the walls. Having all the furniture backs touching the walls is one of the biggest mistakes people make in the living room. If the pieces are closer together it will create a more intimate setting. As long as the backs of the pieces are finished, there's no reason not to show them off.

Where to Place Living Room Accessories

Geometric pillows and a center table with a marble top.

When it comes to living rooms people love to hang art over the sofa. But the number one mistake people make is to use a piece that's too small. The piece of art should be about two-thirds the width of the sofa. If you're hanging a group of pieces the same rule generally applies (unless you're doing a larger photo wall). Just be sure that the space between each frame is the same - approximately 2" to 3". If you're absolutely determined to use a small piece of art, put it in a large frame so that it's still in proportion to the sofa.

Types of Art

Art doesn't have to be expensive. While collectors may be willing to spend thousands on a single piece, you can decorate your walls for very little money. Ideas include:

  • Frame children's artwork

  • Keys, jewellery, silverware or other mementos mounted in shadow boxes

  • Frame wallpaper or fabric samples

  • Frame pages from old books

  • Washi tape art

Living Room Lighting

Living room lighting serves a dual purpose: it works as a light source, but also as a decorative accessory. It's important to have a variety of lighting that not just accommodates whatever events take place there, but also looks great in the space.

Living Room Area Rugs

Wall-to-wall carpet isn’t nearly as popular as it used to be. These days it's been traded out in exchange for area rugs, particularly in the living room. Area rugs look great and are often more practical than broadloom.

Add Color to a Living Room

You will find that you can add a real punch of color by painting just one wall of your living room. This will really change the focal point of the living room without getting into a major decorating project. If your room has a niche, that’s the perfect choice for extra color.

Nothing adds color like pillows strategically placed on furniture. Whether you choose solids for a floral sofa or chair, or colorful, patterned pillows for a solid color chair or sofa, these simple additions will add comfort and just the right splash of color.