These three simple and easy living room decorating ideas will help you create pleasing color schemes, a cozy furniture arrangement and stylish home décor in a room where friends and family can gather and feel like they’re part of a community.
Paint color schemes work best when they complement the size, the design style and the mood you want to create in the room.
While a large area allows you to decorate with many colors, it’s best to use similar colors on the walls and furnishings in a small room. With less contrast between the furniture and wall color, the furniture blends into the background and the room appears larger. Often paint colors are associated with particular design styles. Modern furniture looks good in rooms painted white, beige, gray, sage and other neutral colors. Country style rooms feel homey when painted in colors named for things found in nature such as wheat, grass, sky and apple. Sophisticated, upscale rooms have walls painted with colors toned down by mixing them with gray. These muted colors are suited for quiet, conservative and restful rooms. Bright, tropical colors are fun, casual and youthful. They work well in areas where you want to encourage lots of activity.
Furniture stores make it easy for you to visualize how furniture will fit in your room. Living room sets displayed on the showroom floor give you decorating ideas for how to pair wall colors with home furnishings. Decorating pictures can provide additional inspiration and room design ideas. Create a cozy conversation area by placing seating so people are facing each other from a comfortable distance. There’s nothing more annoying than having to twist and turn to see who is talking to you or having someone so far away that you’re shouting to be heard. It’s easy to create a private spot by placing a lounge chair, a window seat, or a desk in a corner. Try to place the furniture near a window where you can soak up the sun during the day or gaze at the stars at night.
Home décor items are like the icing on the cake. They make an ordinary room come alive with personality. Adding a lamp, a throw, scented candles or a few special accessories completes a cozy get away space within your living room. Less is more in a small room. Limiting the number of home decor items to a few larger pieces makes a dramatic statement while lots of little accessories often make a small space look even smaller.