Do you want to design a space that you and your family will enjoy spending time? Check out this guide to learn more about living room decor.
Decorating and redecorating a living room can sound like fun at first, but once you get started projects can become overwhelming. A clean list of ideas can help you stay on track and avoid the headaches.
If you have living room decor plans in your future, this read is for you.
10 Tips for Living Room Decor
Not all of these will apply to you, but a good chunk of them will. Articles show that people who make lists are less stressed about projects and often get them done on time, so we hope this list helps you!
Big Things First
Don’t start small and work your way up when tackling living room decor. Start big, and work down.
We recommend focusing on your furniture choices first and shaping the room around that.
Furniture is something people usually keep for around 7-10 years. It’s not something you should change your mind on a year after buying.
And unlike repainting or changing out a few pictures, furniture can be crazy pricey. So find what you like first. Find what’s comfortable for you. Then build the room around that, don’t try to cram some cool piece into a room that isn’t quite right for it.
Lighting can turn a room from joyful to reserved at the snap a switch. So, making sure your lighting decisions are up to snuff is key in living room design.
You’ll want to be mindful of how many lamps you’re using versus ceiling lights versus natural lighting. Too much of one thing can soil a room’s aesthetic much like too much salt can ruin a meal. And, much like cooking, adding the wrong ingredients can put you out of luck as well.
For lighting, I recommend a 100% Formula where you factor in all light sources.
If your room is lit by 80% natural light, and 15% ceiling light, there’s no need for two or three lamps. That would go over 100% then.
Even at night, daylight should still get factored into your formula.
In design, there is the principle of balance.
This concept is like using a see-saw where you don’t want either part touching the ground. Try to keep the entire room balanced.
For example, a sofa on one side can complement a floral stand on the other.
When balancing, think of usable objects (couch, TV, coffee table) as having more weight than art objects (lampstand, pictures, wall decorations) but art objects multiply rather than add. So A sofa and a coffee table can equal out to two pieces of wall decor.
The color pallet of a living room will be what creates the mood.
Color psychology shows that certain colors evoke different emotions. Try to figure out the mood you want for your living room, and build the pallet around that.
Colors factor more than just paint colors, though. Colors involve your couch colors, desk colors, and small item colors as well.
And don’t try mixing and matching willy-nilly as this can be dangerous. We’ve all seen a college room where people have put whatever they could find in it and don’t realize how much clashing there is.
Roll Out the Rugs
Area rugs can polish a living room up nicely.
They help zone in the space so that even if there aren’t walls, the area feels like it’s own unique space.
Try to find a rug that’s both comfortable and that compliments the design pattern of your space. Think of the rug as the anchor point that pulls everything together and holds it in place.
A Touch of Art
When you find that perfect piece of artwork, you want to show it off. We get it.
But be careful about how you pair your art. Throwing every picture you have on your wall can create disorder and chaos. Keeping a decent amount of wall space pulls a healthy amount of attention to one or two things.
Not everything in your living room has to feel soft and comfortable, did you know that?
It’s okay for items to be hard and rigid, or even prickly to the touch!
Playing with texture is a way to help shape the atmosphere of your room. Of course, you’re not going to want a couch with sharp prongs in it! But elements like leather, cotton, or nylon all give off different feelings literally and aesthetically.
Try playing with these to create a unique, subtle presence to your living room.
Practicality Versus Extravagant
Depending on the aesthetic you’re aiming for, you’re going to come across a variety of design ideas.
Whether you’re creating a room that features an orangery or aiming for the perfect living room for movie night, try to remember balancing practicality and extravagance.
Too much extravagance makes the room hard to engage with and people may not want to stay in it. But too much practically (think lots of comfy chairs, coffee tables, personal lamps, etc.) makes the room feel stuffed or individualistic.
The best designs have a healthy balance of both!
A living room that’s sports-oriented will be shaped differently than a living room that’s conversation oriented.
One has a TV as the focal point, the other encourages people to communicate. When working with your decor, remember the value of spacing. If a room puts people too close together, it can smother conversation. Much like how if space keeps people far apart, it can ruin a sporting event!
Will your living room be a place for snacks? What about drinks? Dinner?
Plan ahead and prepare for the worst. If someone spills red wine on your couch are you prepared to clean it?
Keep It Open
Not everyone will get your aesthetic. And not everyone will appreciate your hard work.
Don’t take that as though you did something wrong! Remember to keep things light and stay open to ideas as they come to you.
Interior design is all about evolving a room as time goes on, so enjoy the process and we hope your guest do too!
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