Monday, July 9, 2018

The Beginner's Guide to Living Room Décor

Putting together a living room that is comfortable, cozy, and reflects your style isn’t as easy as you might think. It takes more than just choosing paint and sliding a couch up against the wall across from the TV. There’s a lot that goes into making a living room functional and quite a few tips and tricks to get the perfect look you want. If you’re stuck somewhere in creating your living room décor, here are a few guidelines that can help you get the result you want.

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Plan before You Arrange Your Furniture

Many people get stuck when arranging their living room furniture. Then they do the usual: push the sofa up against the wall and throw in a few chairs and maybe a coffee table and call it a day. With a little bit of planning, you can create a more pleasing design in a much shorter amount of time. Choose your focal point, create a conversation area (more than one if you have the space), and consider the traffic flow through the room.

Even if you have a small room, leave a little breathing space between the furniture and the walls. You’d be surprised at how this can make your room seem bigger. The Bernhardt Bradley Leather Sectional above is pulled just enough away from the wall to create the illusion of more space.

Perfectly Placed Area Rugs

Area rugs can be confusing. There are many reasons why you should use them - they anchor the furniture, add warmth and comfort, absorb sound, and more. But before you rush out and buy one, it’s important to know all the guidelines for using them. First, consider the size of both your space and the rug you want to use. If the area rug is too small, it can make the room look unbalanced.

Ideally, all of your furniture should be sitting on the area rug, or at the very least the front legs of the sofa and chairs, and there should be about 10-20 inches of floor showing between the wall and the edges of the area rug. If you are feeling adventurous and bold, try layering several rugs for a unique look.

Make a Statement with Artwork

Empty walls make a room look incomplete. You don’t have to fill every inch of wall space, but adding some art to the walls is an important finishing touch. Art is very subjective, and your taste can differ drastically from someone else’s, so follow your instincts when choosing art that will go on your walls.

To avoid peppering your walls with holes, make a layout ahead of time, especially if you are arranging a gallery wall. If you are hanging many pieces together, treat them as one piece of art. If you are hanging numerous pieces around the room, make sure the middles line up.

Light Up the Room

Living room lighting can be tricky, since the living room is often used for a variety of activities: watching TV, reading, visiting, playing board games, and more. You’ll need ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting placed at different levels throughout the room.

Choose a combination of overhead lighting, floor and table lamps, and wall sconces to create the right types of lighting for the space. Consider adding dimmers to help control the brightness and mood.

Last but Not Least: Choose Your Paint Colors

Many experts recommend choosing your paint colors last. Consider this, especially if you are struggling with deciding what color you want on your walls. Of all your living room décor expenses, painting is one of the lowest.

Choose your more important pieces first, any new furniture or heirlooms that you want to include in the room, and then choose your paint color based on those pieces.

Measure Twice, Choose Your Décor Once

Whether you are choosing living room furniture, area rugs, window treatments, or paint, make sure you have the exact measurement you need written down. Memory is notoriously unreliable for these types of things.

So make sure you have your measurements handy and take them with you when you purchase rugs, paint, or furniture. There’s almost nothing as frustrating as buying a piece of furniture that you can’t fit through the front door or finding that you don’t have enough of the exact paint color mixed up to finish the room.

Keep in mind that these are just guidelines, in the end, you need to create a room that works best for you and your family. The guidelines exist to help you determine what is most pleasing to your eye.

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