Bold or subdued? Modern or traditional? Or maybe formal or relaxed?
We are talking about your styles – no matter what it is, your living room should feel comfortable for you irrespective of the style that you decide to infuse it with; after all, a living room is a manifestation of you, a place where you can let down your guard and just be yourself.
Living room – it’s a room where you will want to spend quality time with your friends and family, so, decorating it to your liking is an absolute must.
So, before you book an interior designer for redesigning your living room, there are a few tips that you can take into account.
Mixing light and dark colors
Make a living room too bright and white, it will give off a ‘clean’ vibe and will feel like it’s not approachable; and make the room too dark, it will feel suffocating and will feel like you are in a cave.
It’s suggested that you should both combine both light and dark colors to give the room a dynamic look that will give it depth along with a balanced look.
Inclusion of neutral colors
Apart from the usual white and black colors, it’s recommended that you should add some neutral colors – they will go a long way in making the living room feel rich while imparting a welcoming look.
Say, if the walls of your living room are white, then, consider adding gray sofa and cabinets, caramel leather, brass hardware and so on – contrasting the elements will help to highlight the various finishes and undertones, and which in turn, will make the palette feel rich.
What about textures?
When decorating a living room, don’t forget about the textures – yes, they can’t be seen nor be touched, but to make a living room feel warm and cozy, it’s of utmost importance to pay attention to textures.
Consider adding plush cushions against harder textures such as leather, metal, stone, glass, and such – this will create contrast. You also have the option to add in any potted plants in between to amp up the textured look.
You can also add pillows – if you are on a budget, then, pillows are a great place to start; you can also add in small showpieces. The choices are many, it’s up to you which ones call to you.
Adding in some wood
What’s texture without wood?
If you plan to give a textured look to your living room, you must include wood in your living room – it will bring a sense of warmth to the room.
Adding wood to your living room is not that hard – you can think of side tables, movable stools, picture frames, and even wood paneling – these are just a few options that are available to you!!
Consider mixing up the upholstery
Just because you get the option to buy matching upholstery for a living room set, it doesn’t mean that you need to buy it. Sure, opting for matching upholstery can make the living room feel orderly and mature, but if you want the living room to feel warm and cozy, it’s advised that you should mix and match your upholstery pieces to give a dash of personality.
One of the best ways to achieve that you can consider mixing up the leather chairs with fabric sofas – this will not only create a contrasted look, but it also adds a feeling of diversity to the living room, and which in turn will give the family members or guests various options for their seating preferences.
Opting for practical fabrics
You will want your living room to be comfortable as well as durable – and well, that mostly depends on your family members.
Say, if your family consists of babies and small children and even pets, it sure is going to be messy, so, your best bet is to go for mid-tone fabrics – opt for either dark or light shades, they will readily tear or worse, get soiled, and you don’t want to happen that to your living room.
Go for leather – it’s one of the best materials to avoid stains as it can easily be wiped clean, should any liquid accidents happen; but do remember that it may not be a good idea if there are pets around as leather can get scratched easily.
Corduroy and denim – they are the next two best materials that are durable, and not to mention, durable – they have the ability to add an unexpected twist to your traditional cotton and wool upholstery.
If you are still not sure as to what fabrics should you choose for your living room, here’s what you should look out for – look for such fabric material that is a combination of both natural and synthetic fabrics (you will get the features of both the fabrics that way), and if you are willing, it’s recommended that you do a fabric test to make sure of the fabric that you are looking to buy.
Adding a dash of color
Of course, you can add colors to any living room – it will create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Speaking of colors – you can opt for blue, if you are unsure of what color you should add to your living room. Blue is such a hue that perfectly contrasts with both leather and color, thus creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.
What about patterned rugs?
Did you know that you can also add patterns to your living room – they can make a living room feel energetic, plus, patterns can also minimize the appearance of stains.
Consider adding a contrasting rug to the floor of your living room – and should any liquid accidents happen, let’s just say that you will thank yourself.
Opting for movable stools and tables
Consider adding lightweight ottomans, stools, or even light chairs to your living room – this will not only make the living room comfortable plus it will allow the family members to put their feet up or even set down a drink. Plus, they can also help you as a seat for seating an extra guest.
Taking note of the spaces
Just because it’s your living room, it doesn’t mean that you can cramp it with seats – you want your living room to be warm and cozy and feel inviting, right?
So, take note of the spaces and as such, consider adding the pieces, or else the living room will feel crowded.
Decorating the living task doesn’t have to be daunting – it’s a space that reflects who you are, so, make it warm and inviting.
Instead of going for an orderly look, consider including a bit of controlled chaos by adding a draped blanket or a small crowd of cushions – it will feel like you are right at home.