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Undoubtedly, you spend a lot of time in your living room between entertaining and netflix-binging, and it’s easily the most important room in your house when it comes to decoration. A living room is often the first room we decorate, and the first room we show new guests during a tour. A beautifully furnished living room attracts you and forces you to linger. Due to the high level of effort, however, it can be stressful to make these major design decisions.
Although there are some pretty obvious basics (a living room should provide seating, entertainment, and comfort), several key steps can help you create a truly gorgeous living space. Whether you start from scratch or are ready to renovate your living room, these key furnishing tips will help you design and create a living room that is both beautiful and functional.
Choose the right furniture
Regardless of whether you’re starting out or upgrading a room that you’ve lived in for years, it’s important to take stock of your furniture and be honest about whether it fits your space. Renovating your living room is a great opportunity to find out what’s important to you. If, for example, a beautiful section like this by Emily Henderson is a must, the key is to find a section that fits the room perfectly (and yes, even small rooms can rock sections).
If you’ve stuck to a decades-long love seat or couch that’s not working anymore, it’s time to let go and start over. The right furniture, both in size and style, can create or destroy a living room.
Designate a Focal Point
The focus of your room is the point where people’s eyes fall when they first enter your room. If you do not have a natural focal point like a large fireplace or a mantle, create one with an oversized mirror, a piano, or a particularly large piece of art, as seen in this stunning room by Studio McGee.
Once you have decided on a focal point, decorate the space around it for a coherent feeling. Pay attention to the mood your focus radiates. For example, if you have a beautiful fireplace, a quick makeover can change the overall look of your home and add a fresh, updated feel.
Pick Your Color Palette
Whether you prefer a monochrome style or want to incorporate a few complimentary colors, your color scheme is an essential feature in maintaining a seamless living room aesthetic. This eye-catching nest_twenty_eight living room starts with a white and black base and adds a touch of mustard yellow and neutral birch to keep the look harmonious. Considering a color palette when assembling each part of your living room is an easy way to keep your look clean and targeted.
Balance Function and Beauty
This living room of My Scandinavian Home is equally beautiful and functional, which is essential for creating a beautiful living room. It’s okay to want a dazzling space, but you also have to live in it – and it’s important that your room not only matches your taste, but also your lifestyle.
If you need additional storage space, look for attractive pieces that hide your little things and blend in well with your other décor. Likewise, an ultra-sleek couch may stand out, but what good is it if it’s not comfortable? The most important element of a beautifully designed living room is that you want to stay in one place.
Pay Attention to Lighting
Finding the right lighting for your living room can be a challenge, but it can also bring the entire look together. We suggest a combination of different types of lighting, as seen in this decorholic room. It involves overhead (though a living area with plenty of natural light may not be needed), accent and task lighting that lets you read the latest thriller.
Once you have decided what you need, you can concentrate on finding light sources that match your décor.
Avoid a Showroom Feel
It’s easy to rush into a big shop to decorate your living room, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, for the ultimate wow effect (and to avoid your living space mimicking a showroom), it is important that you do not buy every single piece in the same store. This marvelously modern space by Marion WD combines personality and beauty. Each piece, especially on the entire wall of the gallery, feels specially selected for the room. It may take a little longer to curate each piece from different sources, but the end result will feel much more unique and purposeful.