6.05.2010

Living Room Design – Tips to Make the Process Successful

Decorating a living room can be a lot of fun, but it can also be overwhelming.

To make the process successful keep a few tips in mind. First you need to determine your style. It could be contemporary, classic, eclectic, retro, modern or many other styles.

If you are unsure what your style is, or what you like, look through magazines and tear out pictures that appeal to you and collect them in a folder or binder.

After you have several photographs you will start to see a recurring theme throughout the pictures. They will help guide you in the right direction. Take your folder with you and look for those styles as you shop.

The most important items will be the seating, tables, flooring, and an entertainment center if you watch television in your living room. These items should be on the neutral side because you will probably have them for a long time.

You don’t want a really loud sofa pattern that you may quickly get tired of looking at. You can add interest and pizazz with throw pillows, throw rugs, draperies, artwork and accessories.

These things are less expensive so you can change them with the seasons or periodically. Simply changing the color scheme will make a huge impact for less money.

Any wood pieces, like tables and entertainment stands, should be in the same wood. If you have any wood trim, chair railings, or a wood floor, the wood pieces will look best if they match, at least in color.

The size of the living room will also play a role in your decorating choices. You don’t want a large sectional sofa in a very small room; nor do you want a tiny coffee table in front of a large sofa.

Glass tables can visually help a room to appear larger, while heavy, thick wood pieces will cause the room to look smaller.

When hanging draperies, extend the curtain rod all the way to the ceiling to make the window look larger.

Objects like pictures or vases look aesthetically pleasing in odd numbered groupings like three or five instead of in even numbered groupings like two or four.
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