Creating a comfortable and memorable living room can be more challenging to get right than you may initially think. How do you tie everything together? How do you create a comforting and stylish layout? To help you better your everyday with a sense of studied style, here’s some sage advice from the interior designers at firm Décor Aid.
MIRRORS MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE
Mirrors can be sourced from just about anywhere at any pricepoint. To make your living room appear brighter, larger and all the more glamorous, opt for room-defining mirrors that boast unique silhouettes and oversized proportions.
IT ALL STARTS WITH FLOORING
When it comes to decorating any room in a home, people often start with the walls, but flooring is a much smarter foundational starting point. From a fresh refinishing to a new vividly patterned and colorful rug, starting with new flooring ideas will help you chart a better course for the rest of your living room.
CREATE CONVERSATIONAL AREAS
Most modern homes boast open floor plan concepts, but how do you make them conversational? To tie a large living room concept together, create conversational nooks and vignettes that’ll have guests hopping from one zone to the next with ease.
RETHINK YOUR CEILING
Considered the fifth wall, ceilings in any room are often neglected. But when it comes to your living room, use it to your advantage to really make an impactful statement. From a fresh wall covering boasting an expressive pattern to painted stripes to new molding to an all over color, the options are endless.
COFFEE TABLE HACKS
Often the focal point of a living room, a quick coffee table redo can instantly uplift the energy of the room without costing a cent. From month to month, restyle your coffee table so your home looks lived in and up to date, even if all you add is a new magazine.
By going for a dedicated hue in your living room, you’ll be certain to make it look well-judged, concise, and even larger. Plus, you’ll have an easier time decorating since you’ve got a fixed central theme to work with..
PLAYS ON PRINT
In small, affordable doses, playing with prints and patterns can be a fun way to refresh your living room while keeping it on trend. Think bold pillows, vibrant throws, and statement-making rugs.
A WALL OF SHELVES
When it comes to instant drama, nothing beats the look and feel of beautifully styled floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. For one, it’ll make for the ultimate smart storage solution. But even better is the fact that it’ll also lend your living room a substantial focal point.
For any room in your home, furniture with charming character counts. That said, you don’t have to go for the brash and brazen, but do look out for interesting furniture featuring unique silhouettes, colors, and patterns for a truly one-of-a-kind feel.
GO FOR GREENERY
Plants are one of the easiest to source and affordable add-ons for any room, and for your living room, they’ll help you add texture and color while also working to purify the air in the room. Green thumb or not, there’s a plant out there for you that’s easy to manage and care for.
CONSIDER INTERESTING ART
Create a room-defining statement with evocative art and prints that will work as foundational elements to help you make your living room feel all the more unique to you. And do go for oversized pieces to really make an impactful statement.
BRING IN WALLPAPER
Brilliantly expressive wallpaper can instantly lend even the smallest and simplest of living rooms a serious sense of enviable personality.Even if its an accent wall, a modern print can make your living room all the more memorable without costing a small fortune.
HIDE YOUR TV
Unfortunately, in most living rooms the television takes center stage, but it shouldn’t have to. Instead, work to conceal your television so all eyes are on the decor of your living room, or when entertaining, you can simply play a loop of art films and short stylistic clips to keep them fascinated with great aesthetics.
RETHINK YOUR MANTLE
Often the most dramatic architectural feature of a living room, your fireplace mantel should not be overlooked. Use it to your advantage and restyle it from season to season for a quick living room refresh. And do go for the unexpected as its one place that is sure to capture the attention of all eyes in the room.
NOTHING BEATS STATEMENT LIGHTING
Create a serious conversational area with warm and inviting lighting that doesn’t simply rely on generic overhead lights. Instead, create a lighting scheme through a variety of lights installed at various heights. Think floor lamps, table lamps, sconces, and even candles for a cozy and comforting feel.
CONSIDER DARKER COLORS
Dark, moody colors will lend your living room a serious sense of attitude while also upping its elegance factor. To keep the look rich, pair darker hues with light-reflecting pieces like an oversized mirror or a brass coffee table to make the space feel all the more glamorous.
USE ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
From exposed beams to blemishes, architectural features should be highlighted for a more unique feel rather then concealed. So instead of covering up those flaws, use them to your advantage if you don’t have a large budget to work with. After all, they’ll simply help you add room defining character that’s priceless.
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