Regardless of your design style—contemporary, modern, or traditional—there are 5 interior design tips that every living room can benefit from.
1. Commit to a Color Palette
Whether you want to create a serene space or one that is vibrant and full of color, it’s important to stick to a color palette. Even if you’re planning to keep the walls white, you’ll still need a color plan for your furniture, curtains, wall art, and knick-knacks. Don’t just choose random colors that appeal to you. Instead work with a color wheel to determine your color palette. Using a color wheel will give your room a more intentional and cohesive look.
2. Throw Around a Few Throw Pillows
When you buy a sofa set it will no doubt come with throw pillows. Get rid of them immediately! The pillows that come with furniture tend to be too matchy-matchy and look unnatural and forced. Pick out a few throw pillows yourself to give your living room a designer look and feel. Try mixing colors, patterns, and sizes. For throw pillow inspiration, check out Houzz. This article also has some great tips for decorating with throw pillows to achieve your desired style.
3. Get a Bigger, Better Area Rug
Choosing an area rug that is too small is one of the most common interior design mistakes. A proper sized area rug will leave some floor exposed but fit all the legs of your furniture on it. If you cannot fit all the legs of your furniture onto your rug, at least make sure it fits the front legs of your furniture on it. If your rug is too small, it’ll make your living room feel small and the sitting area disconnected.
4. Hang Curtains High and Wide
Curtains should be hung above the window frame and close to the ceiling. This will give the appearance of higher ceilings. Also, expand the curtain rod beyond the end of the casement and allow curtains to fall about 2 feet past your window. This will give the illusion of wider windows.
5. Find a Focal Point (Hint: It’s Not Your TV)
For a polished living room, the focal point should NOT be your TV (yes, even if it is a plasma screen). Find the real focal point of your living room—this could be a fireplace, built-ins, bay window, or large artwork—and arrange your furniture to compliment and take advantage of the focal point. If you’re really bummed about your TV taking a backseat, make it the focal point in your family room or man cave instead!
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