Creating and decorating the perfect living room probably seems like one of the most daunting things you’ve ever done. You’re not a designer, so how are you supposed to do it right?
The beginnings are always daunting, even when it comes to designing your living room. However, if you know where to start and in what direction to go, you’ll see that living room designing is actually fun and not all that difficult. So, here are some tips on how the pros design living rooms.
Regardless of how big or small your living room is, the first step should always be figuring out the layout. Most of us like to push all our larger furniture pieces against the walls or design our whole living room around the TV. None of these solutions are perfect or functional.
The point is to create zones in your living room. With your furniture, you can create purposeful zones – a reading nook, conversation space, workspace, or even children’s play space and even a space for TV watching.
Once you’ve figured out what you really need in your living room, which furniture pieces you are going to keep without over-crowding your room, you can sketch out the floorplan and play around with different layouts. Once you’ve settled on the perfect layout, you can move on.
Choosing The Style
This is where the fun actually begins, choosing the perfect style of your living room. This is the room you and your family will spend most of your time in, so that’s something to consider when choosing the style.
Choosing the right style can be a bit difficult since there are so many styles to choose from, settling and focusing on one may seem impossible. The best way to choose the ideal style is based on your personality.
The best way to figure out what your style is by searching the internet for pictures of styles that you like. This doesn’t mean that you should limit yourself to one look only. Discover what you find interesting, try also doing home decor style quizzes to find out which style suits your personality best.
The next step is figuring out the perfect colour scheme. When choosing the color for your living room, there are certain things that you should know – the size of your living room, height, and how much light your living room gets. All these parameters will help you pick out the right colour.
For example, you should paint smaller living rooms with bright and warm colours because those colours can make a room look larger and brighter. In case your living room is larger, you can play around with darker shades and tones.
Additionally, when picking the colour for the living room, choose a colour that will be a base to add other accent colours. Usually, pro designers recommend sticking with three colours throughout the design so as not to make the room too overwhelming.
Practical flooring is the best solution for your living room. Since living rooms are high-traffic places, it’s only logical to choose a carpet that isn’t too light in colour, difficult to maintain, and easy to stain.
Choose a darker shade carpet or learn the tricks on how to properly clean your carpet. Check out a carpet warehouse near you to see what they offer.
If, on the other hand, you prefer hardwood flooring to carpets, to make your living room cosier and warmer, add a rug but make sure you choose the right size rug. All furniture legs should be on the rug!
The trick to choosing furniture for your living room is to be sure to pick the right size pieces for your living room. Also, keep in mind storage. Versatile furniture with hidden storage is perfect for small living rooms.
Furniture can be pricy, so try to buy only what you need and look for pieces that are durable and practical. Look for styles, designs, and patterns that will not go out of style fast or that you’ll get bored of quickly.
Accessorizing and decorating your living room comes like a cherry on top. The only advice we have for you is not to be afraid to add personal touches to your living room décor. Add rugs, cushions, throw pillows, curtains, and other things that will give texture to your room.
Play around with art – add an eclectic gallery wall or maybe an elegant one. Bring in plants and flowers, to liven up the room. Simply, make this room yours!
Does designing a living room still sound overwhelming? With this guide, you can rest assured that you’ll living room will be as if a professional designer has done it!
Written By: Jasmine Anderson
Jasmine Anderson is a Sydney-based lifestyle blogger and a toddler mom. She loves to spend quality time with her family, go thrifting, and spend just a little bit too much time on the internet.