How To Create the Perfect Living Room

When thinking about what to do with your living room space, you must first decide on your style. What is your style? You have to take the time to find the look that you want to create, which will tell what current trends you should use. Whatever look you go for do your research. Take cuttings from magazines, create a Pinterest board, or even pull your favorite items together in a moodboard on Houzz. This will help prevent any costly design errors or choices and keep you on track whilst you’re shopping.



Once you have your style picked out and have a vision for your space, you can begin making arrangements. First, you have to remember to make it friendly. Think about how to accommodate all of the family, particularly the young people, when designing your room. Give them their own seating; beanbags or little chairs are great and ensure feelings of being part of the family. Having fabrics and materials that are washable or wipe clean will help keep the room looking good as well. Have tables at the right height for play and avoid sharp edges. However, if young people are not a part of your equation and you want to keep your living room as a formal space, feel free to use all of the sharp edges that you please!



Next, you’ll need to make the most of the light that you have. You can do this in several ways. If you have large windows allow as much light to flood into the room as possible, but if you aren’t blessed with such features, you need to trick the space into feeling lighter. Use light reflecting paints, gloss surfaces, or glass and perpex furniture. Remember to add a mirror, opposite of the window if you can to help bounce light around the room. And if you can remove a door or create a walkway through to the next room, this will also help. Don’t forget accent lighting, task lighting, and table lamps all help to create an atmosphere in the room and keep it cozy and welcoming. Although, harsh lighting will make the space feel uninviting and cold, so try to avoid too many overhead lights.



A living room space will also benefit from a focal point. This is usually a fireplace, but if you don’t have one, it might be the window, the sofa, or even a light fixture from the ceiling. You might not want a huge stag head above, but create the wow factor with one accent piece that draws the eye into the room and helps to set the tone for the rest of the decor. It will really give your living room some character and can be great help in designing the remainder of the space.



It goes without saying that a great living room design needs comfortable seating. When you have a young family, you don’t always want to spend huge amounts of money on this knowing it might get wrecked in a few years, but you still purchase the best seating that you can find. Make sure that it is comfortable for everyone and made with quality material, so you can get your money’s worth!



Last but not least, a well-designed family home needs plenty of great storage, and the living room is no exception! There are lots of ways to incorporate storage into the room. Think about shelving for books and accessories, coffee tables with drawers, or even poufs with hidden storage. Be creative with your storage by upcycling old pieces of furniture and giving them new leases of life.

Just make sure your living room is a comfortable area everyone would love to hang out in and try to have it reflect your family’s care and love for each other!


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7 Ways to Use that Colorful Couch


Take a seat on the colorful couch bandwagon! The new fall trend is to use colorful couches in your living room or den. It adds an updated cool, modern look. Any color that caters to your liking, we can make it work! We have seven ways for you to accomplish this stylish new craze.


If you already have bright furniture, our first tip will work best for you! Surround the new couch with light and color. All different hues work best; that way, as it tones down the electricity of all the other furniture. The background should be either white or a neutral. To add to the lightness of the room, try a white rug!




To play around with the style of the room as well, use furniture and tables made out of wood and metal. It will give it a harder feel, instead of a soft, feminine feel. This technique works best if the couch color you’re using is a little on the darker side, such as a pure blue or a Kelly green. Depending on what the look is you’re going for, you can soften it up with lighter colored accessories.


If you don’t want an overload of white just to make the couch work, try using a neutral paint color with a white trim. Use a beige rug instead of white if you’d like. To tie in the eccentric couch, use large artwork pieces and a few colorful accessories. This way is supposed to keep the room simple with a few accents.




This next technique is very similar to the one above, but instead of a neutral/white rug, use a colorful rug! Also, try and use gray curtains. This combination makes the couch seem less bold, but still gives you a fun vibe.


A step people tend to stray away from is layering your sofa with pillows, but it looks so great if you get it right! Our huge designer tip here is to have white walls. Use different patterned pillows and eclectic art. Layering patterns is hard to get right, but when you find the ones that fit well together, you’ll know it is the right choice for your room.


Most of these ideas come with white or neutral walls, but one of our seven suggestions is to use an entirely white room: white walls and white carpets. Just white out the whole room! Add the colorful couch with the same color used in artwork in the room. It adds a fresh feel with an upbeat pop.




Our last designer tip is opposite of every room suggestion so far! Go dark on the walls. What?! We know. Use dark charcoal walls with a bright rug and cheery accessories. Bring in the lively couch to brighten up the room! It’s a different method, but if you typically go for a darker room than the fresh, light room, this is the way to go.

These are our seven techniques for the new fall trend. Our last tip is used throughout most of these methods, but white is the easiest color to decorate around. You can do so much with white in the background, and it automatically gives it this fresh, airy touch. Have fun with the room. Mix it up. Show off your style!


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