Your living room is the place where you spend most of your time, especially if you are an indoor person. For most people, the living room is the place where family and friends gather and enjoy their time spent together. So, it is very important for this area of your home to be inviting, cozy, and well-decorated.
Let’s see, if you have a chance to design your living room, what would you like to change or add? There are items that are considered as a ‘must-have’ for every living room. If you are out of ideas, we are here to help you with your choice.
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On top of the list are pillows because they make your sofa look great and give your living room a cozy or luxurious atmosphere, depending on your taste.
Beautifully colored pillows with various patterns can be excellent to jazz up your sofa, but you need to get the proper combination. It can be fun playing with the colors, materials, and sizes of the pillows, but it is an art as well.
Some of the principals you should follow when it comes to choosing pillows, according to Ballard Designs are:
- Choose pillows that are in the same shade of color or at least in a pair of complementary shades.
- Always go for a symmetrical arrangement of pillows if you want your living room to look polished and orderly.
- The basic formula that will help you with your options is one simple print, a solid one, and a busy one.
- Keep the largest pillows in the far corners of the sofa, and the smaller ones on the inside.
- Pillows are really decorative but do not exaggerate with the number because you do not want to throw them around when you want to relax on your sofa.
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When it comes to rugs, there are four things you should consider when you are choosing one for your living room. Firstly, you need to pick the right size of a rug. Secondly, pick the design that features at least two of your main colors. Thirdly, make sure the rug feels comfortable under your feet. Fourthly, before buying the rug you like, check how it is cleaned and maintained.
Furthermore, modern rugs usually draw freely on many sources and inspirations. Choosing the perfect rug for your living room requires you to know which ones are modern today.
Every interior designer would tell you that curtains are important because they make a room special, but only when chosen correctly. There are so many things to consider that may make you feel overwhelmed. Elle Decor suggests some things you should pay attention to:
Fabric and Color
The designer Suysel Depedro Cunningham says, “If they’re too heavy, they may not fold crisply when drawn; too light and they may not fall well”. So, as a response to this, the vice president of Anthony Lawrence-Belfair, says “Pleat it like an accordion at the top and let it drape. If it starts to flare like a piece of crinoline, then it’s not going to fall nicely on the window.”
Length and Lining
You need to make a decision on how high above your windows you would like the curtains to be. The length serves as an optical illusion to make the room look even bigger than it normally is.
A thing you will definitely need in your living room area is a lively, vibrant, green, and of course, natural plant. There are many different kinds of plants, so they can look fantastic in any type of style or decoration.
Also, a NASA study says that “…house plants may provide a natural way of removing toxic agents from the air, helping in neutralizing the effects of sick building syndrome.”
Here is a list of modern houseplants you can include in your living room:
- Spider plant
- Snake plant
- Fiddle-leaf fig
- Peace lily
- Devil’s ivy
- Aloe Vera
To make your living room even better, you can hang the plants from the ceiling, put them in a corner, mount a planter to a wall, etc.
Candles are not made only for romantic evenings with a partner. Using candles in your living room will make the atmosphere more intimate, cozy, and inviting. You can keep them on a coffee table or a side table, or on a mantel.
To give a nice touch to your living room, choose candle stands in similar shape and color to give it a modern look. Also, another excellent idea for you is to choose lanterns. You can hang a few lanterns in the corner of your living room and get a beautiful glowing effect. Of course, if you do not like them hanging, you can always place them at the side table.
Mirrored candles give that luxurious style you like for your living room. And, the mirror reflects the light of the candle, increasing the amount of light. Your home decoration will get a reflective element this way.
Throw a Blanket
This is an inexpensive thing you can add to your living room to make it even better. But, you need to remember how not to display your throw blanket. Do not put it on the back of the sofa, or place it in the middle of the sofa as a “hamburger fold”. That way, your sofa will only look ugly.
You can get a basket designed for keeping blankets and keep it next to your sofa. This way, when you have guests over, they will not see your cozy blanket. Or, the other way you can do it is to fold the blanket neatly and put it on the seat or the arm of your sofa.
We hope you got ideas that you may use in decorating your living room. In the end, keep in mind what Jason Winston George once said: “The living room is where we come to think, to slow down the world for a second.”