Decorating your living room can feel a little overwhelming. It is an area where you spend a large majority of your time and you want to get the right look and feel for that space. It can be a daunting prospect trying to marry up design ideas, furniture, colour palettes and then reality. Especially when you only have to open Instagram to see #designinspo and countless #dreamrooms to aspire to. So to help you when you are thinking about decorating your living room here are some tips to consider.
In order to make the process easier on yourself choose a colour palette early on and stick to it. Once you know your palette you can make a lot of the decisions around your colour scheme. The type of furniture you opt for and the decorative items you pick will be a lot easier to select when you have a base of colours to work with.
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When it comes to furniture there are several considerations to make. Firstly you want to think about the style and type of furniture you want. Are you going for modern and minimalist or perhaps timeless or industrial? Once you have decided on the theme of your furniture you want to choose the materials to accent it and that will fit in your living room. Metals or metal effect compliments the industrial look, or crisp white furniture with clean lines will accentuate the minimalist feel. (And of course, if you’re torn between a choice of several colours or tones, you can always opt for removable sofa covers from a company like Cover My Furniture. These loose sofa covers can be fitted and removed at will, so you can change up your sofa’s style whenever you like.) If you have young children or pets then leather furniture is often a well-received option due to its low maintenance upkeep. That said if you are opting for vintage leather to suit your timeless decor style then be sure you have a solid understanding of vintage leather and how to look after it.
After you have decided on the style and materials that will complement that style the next issue to navigate is placement. Commonly you will find a sofa against a wall with a few adjacent chairs, however, that does not need to be the look of every living room. When deciding where to place your furniture think about what it is being used for, what area you are creating and the traffic that goes through the room.
When it comes to lighting your living room use these three keywords to help select the right lights, ambient, task and accent. You want to create the right ambience for your room think serene low-level lighting to relax in. You will also need sufficient lighting to see, read, and so on. This will be your bigger statement light and finally, you should choose a light that will accent features within the room. Perhaps you have feature side tables that could be lit with a table lamp, for example.
Bare walls make a room feel incomplete and un-lived in, even with the most minimalist of designs. Choosing wall art to compliment your theme and style will add the piece de resistance to your living room. The great thing about art is it is subjective so you can take the reins and choose the art that you really want. Not everyone will love it but not everyone will have to.
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