How to Design a Living Room

For almost every home, the living room is the centerpiece. Its place at the center of the home makes it, visually, one of the most important rooms. The tone of the living room can establish a whole mood for the home, so it’s important to decorate it in a way that is both functional and reflects your personal style and taste. Knowing its importance, the team at About Home Improvement have put together a little list for you to run through when you’re decorating or redecorating your living room.

Establish its Uses: The first thing you should take into account is what you want your living room to be used for. Some people prefer to have a formal living room where they can entertain guests. Others use it at a place to unwind, watch television, and relax. Once you have decided it’s intended use it becomes much easier to decorate the room accordingly.

Pick a Decor Style: Selecting a decor style will help you in the long run because it sets limitations on your choices and streamlines the shopping process. The style should compliment the rest of your home, but doesn’t have to be an exact match. For example having a southwestern style dining room next to a modern style living room isn’t the best choice.

Select a Palette: Color is the easiest way to create unity in a room with little trouble. Ideally you would pick three colors total; two main colors and one accent color. The colors don’t have to be from the same category (i.e. warm colors) but should compliment each other (check out this website for tips on picking complimentary colors). While walls do play a large factor in the color palette, so does upholstery, decorative accessories, and woodwork.

Do an Edit: Go through the current decor in your living room and decide what can stay, what needs to go, and what can be repurposed. Repurposing items you already own to fit your new living room is an easy way to save big bucks. For example if you have an antique chair you love but won’t go with the new decor, you can have it reupholstered and painted/stained to match the new living room.

Focus on the Big Five: The Big Five are the five most important things that dictate the style of your living room. They are the sofa, window treatments, a rug, the coffee table, and side chairs. These are the items that you should spend the most time and effort shopping for, since they are the main features of the room. If one of the big five doesn’t fit with the others, the whole room will seem off.

Add a Personal Touch: When decorating and gathering inspiration for decor it becomes easy to just copy what you have seen before. While it is fine to collect inspiration for a room, it needs to be personal. You can do this by finishing up the room with your favorite artwork, family heirlooms, candels in your favorite scent, coffee table books about topics that interest you, or displaying little treasures you have gathered from your travels. These personal touches will make the room seem more inviting and are an easy conversation starter!