Between entertaining and Netflix-binging, you undoubtedly spend a lot of time in your living room, and it is easily the most important room in your home when it comes to decor. A living room is often the first room we decorate and the first room we show new guests during a tour. A beautifully decorated living room both draws you in and compels you to stay. But because of the high stakes, making those big design choices can be a stressful proposition.
Though there are a few fairly obvious basics (a living room should have chairs, entertainment and provide comfort), several key steps can help you achieve a truly dreamy living space. Whether you’re starting from scratch or you’re ready for a living room makeover, these essential decor tips will guide you as you design and create a living room that’s both beautiful and functional.
Select the Right Furniture
Whether you’re starting from scratch or renewing a space you’ve lived in for years. It’s important to check what furniture you own and whether you’re brutally honest about whether it works for your space. Renovating your living room is a great opportunity to find out what’s important to you. For example, if a gorgeous section like this one by Emily Henderson is a must, the key is to find a section suitable for space (and yes, even small spaces can make for certain areas).
If you’re holding on to a centuries-old sofa or a no longer functioning reclining chair, it’s time to let go and start fresh. The right furniture, both in terms of size and style, can create or destroy a living room.
Designate a Focal Point
The focus of your space is where people’s eyes fall when they first walk into your room. If you don’t have a natural focal point like a large fireplace or a large coat, create one with an oversized mirror, piano or extra-large artwork, as in this stunning room by Studio McGee.
Once you’ve chosen your focus, decorate the space around it to create a cohesive feel. Just be sure to pay attention to the mood that exudes your focus. For example, if you have a beautiful fireplace, a quick renovation can change the entire look of your living space and give a fresh, updated feel.
Pick Your Color Palette
Whether you’re monochromatic or want to use a few complementary colors, your color scheme is a key element for a seamless aesthetic in the living room. This eye-catching living room by nest _ twenty _ eight starts with a base of white and black, adding a touch of mustard yellow and neutral birch to keep the look harmonious. Keeping an eye on a colour palette while putting together each piece of your living room can keep your look simple and clean.
Balance Function and Beauty
This living room from My Scandinavian Home is equal parts beautiful and functional, which is essential to creating a gorgeous living room. It’s okay to want a dazzling space, but you also have to live in it—and it is important to ensure your room works not only for your tastes but also for your lifestyle.
If you need additional storage, look for attractive pieces that conceal your knickknacks while blending well with your other decor. Likewise, an ultra-stylish couch may catch the eye, but what good is it if it’s not comfortable? The most important element of a wonderfully designed living room is that it’s a place you’ll actually want to hang out in.
Pay Attention to Lighting
Dent lighting of your living room can be challenging, but can also bring the entire look together. We suggest a combination of different types of lighting, such as those seen in this room from Decorholic. These include overhead (though a living space with plenty of natural light may not require this), accent and work lighting to help you read the latest thriller.
Once you’ve decided what you need, you can focus on finding light sources that fit into your decorative scheme.
Avoid a Showroom Feel
It’s easy to rush to a big box store to decorate your living room, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But for the ultimate wow effect (and to avoid your living space mimicking a showroom) it’s important to avoid buying every piece from the same store. This gorgeously modern room from Marion WD weaves in both personality and beauty. Each piece, especially throughout the gallery wall, feels specifically selected for the space. It may take a little extra time to curate each piece from different sources, but the end result will feel much more unique and purposeful.