Living Room Decoration and Design Ideas

Your living room takes up a number of different roles which requires challenging decorating techniques and demands proper planning. You may want your room to cater and entertain your guests, or you might want it to be your relaxing casual space accommodating only your leisure activities for example watching TV, reading or mingling with family members. So before you begin to decorate your living room, plan out your budget and accommodate your planning according to it. This article will present your some economic ways to bring color to your living room and enhance its decoration.

Splash Your Niche

You can add a dash of color and shade by painting a single wall with a bold color. This will change the central point of your room without the help of any expensive or lavish decorating item. Niches and alcoves are perfect places to paint. A splash of some bold color which may be a darker tone of the rest of the walls or be compliment to your general color theme of the living room, is the perfect way to bring a creative change in your living room.

Toss Some Sofa Cushions

You can also add some cushions or pillows to your furniture, which adds color to your solid furniture. Bright and patterned cushions add the right color to your room furniture and also include comfort to your seating.

The Mother Nature effects

You can use the help of green plants or flowers to add not just color to your living room but also personality and fragrance. It adds a good and soothing feeling to your room. However, if you are not fond of plants inside the house or cannot take much care of the plants then you may opt for artificial flowers which only need to be dusted.

Install a Fancy Lamp

For a more classic look, add an interesting, fancy lamp inside your room. You can install electrical components inside some pot or sculpture of your choice which gives exclusiveness and personality to your room. The yellow lights play a soothing role and are immensely seductive.

Color the Floor

You can start to clear the floor by adding a colorful rug in your living room which adds texture and some fun element in the room. Using it on top of hardwood flooring or plain carpets can create an interesting effect. Try to opt for rugs which share the theme of the entire living room.

Artsy personalization

Personalize your family room in an artsy manner by adding a family photo gallery on a plain wall. Frame your photos and place them strategically on the wall to add color and uniqueness to your living room. You can further add decorative objects around the room on shelves, racks or tables. Antique objects, photos, jars of dry fruit or candies may be used.

Expecting Company? Give Your Living Room a Makeover in 24 Hours

Your living room needs a makeover, but you have been putting it off for some time now. This afternoon, you received a call that your in-laws are coming to visit from out of town! Now, you need to update the room in a hurry, and have no idea what to do. This article will give you tips for making over your living room in a day, while not spending much money in the process.

Not only will your in-laws be impressed, you have quickly finished a project that you have been putting off for months!

Paint a Wall

No, it isn’t necessary to engage in hours of drudgery painting the entire living room. Choose one wall, and paint it a bold, intense color that blends with some of your existing accents. You will be amazed at the depth doing this one little thing can add to the room. You add a great burst of color, while adding warmth to the room as well.

Can’t Afford New Furniture?

If you need new furnishings but your budget won’t allow for it at the moment, invest in some good slipcovers. For the sofa, you may want to keep the slipcover one solid color, and then add richly textured accent pillows that bring out the color of the wall you painted. Have a boldly patterned throw? Toss it casually over the back of the sofa, or a recliner or rocking chair.

Move the furniture around and take it away from the walls. Group it together in an intimate arrangement that looks cozy and welcoming. If you add an area rug that includes the colors of the room, center it in the middle of the grouping.

Clear the Clutter

Clutter tends to make a room look messy and disorganized. By removing the clutter from floors, furniture and table tops, you will visually increase the size of the room! It will look much cleaner and better organized. As a general rule, place no more than three items on the top of any one table.

Now, decorate the walls with further bursts of color. You can hang boldly colored prints with a simple mat, or stencil designs on the wall yourself and paint using hues that coordinate or contrast with the other colors of the room. Usually, about three colors add the most interest and appeal to a room without making it look overly complicated. Add a big vase of fresh flowers that are colored in shades to match the room, light a warmly scented candle and you’re done! As quick as a flash, you have a newly updated living room.

Sometimes, it takes a little push for us to get things accomplished that we’ve been meaning to do for a long time. Whether company is coming with little notice, or you just want to refresh the room a bit, put these tips to work! Before dark tonight, you can transform the look of a neutral or otherwise dull room. Just add some bold color and accents for instant sparkle and flash!

Living Room Lighting

A good lighting plan for your living room is often one of the more difficult plans to make. Why? Your living room lighting plan must be flexible enough to serve multiple functions. And some want their lighting plan to change as they decide to change the arrangement of furniture in their room. As a result lots of thought should go into what type of lighting you use in each area.

Ceiling and Recessed Lighting

You might be installing recessed or track lighting to provide light all over the room or to light a specific area in your room. Regardless, you’ll need to use the same principles. Placement of fixtures isn’t something we’ll get into here, but the type of light bulbs you’ll need is something I want to recommend.

If you are using recessed lighting all over your room, you’ll want to use a light bulb that will give you all over lighting. Using incandescent standard A19 style light bulbs or going to a compact fluorescent twister style or A shape will give you an all over light.

If you need recessed lighting to light a specific area, you will then want to go to a flood or spot light type light bulb. Over a fireplace is the most common place to use these. Some also like to use wide flood light bulbs in recessed lighting. They give a large section of light without a total bright room and provide some interesting contrast of light.

Portable Lighting

What do I mean by portable lighting? Anything you can pick up and move, mainly table lamps and floor lamps. These need to be placed at the end of sofas or beside chairs and sometimes in corners or areas not well lit by other lighting options. Use portable lighting not only to light a reading area but to give a different dimension to your lighting plan either when overhead lighting is on or not. Mini Deco Twister CFL light bulbs are perfect for these as they are super energy efficient and you don’t see the bulb….or shouldn’t.

Art or Photo Illumination

There are three ways to illuminate art work or photos on your walls: sconces, recessed lighting or track lighting. In this application you will definitely want to use a spot light bulb in your recessed or track lighting. Depending on the fixture you use, there will be different specifications as to how far from the wall and the angle in which you have your can. Sconces can use lots of light bulbs. Sconces will give more of an indirect light effect where it’s not spot lighted but just brightened. Which application depends on the desired effect you have for the piece of art or photo.

Wet Bar or Game Table Areas

Areas off to the side where you plan to have a table or bar can take some low hanging lighting. Pendants are nice hung over a bar area and are generally hung in odd numbers; 3 being the most common. Pendants should be hung 72″ from the floor. This allows for folks to stand across the bar and talk to each other and the pendant to not be in the way of conversation.

If you are installing a larger pendent or chandelier type fixture over a game or hobby table, these you’ll want to hang at about 60″ from the floor. The biggest concern here is getting the light down to the task area.

Inner Cabinet Lighting

There is nothing more interesting that having room to put a very small portable lamp on a bookcase shelf. If your shelves are adjustable this might be an option for you. You generally don’t want anything taller than 18″. It’s often hard to find those petit good looking lamps but they do exist.

The more prominent way of lighting a book case or display case of sorts is to have puck or Cove Powercore lighting. Puck lights are small round lights that are installed roughly 18″ apart on the underside of the shelf. Cove lighting is a longer fixture that provides more all over lighting. The fixtures can be added on to each other to go the length of the shelf.

The top 3 or 4 shelves are most often what you’ll want to illuminate. Sometimes folks will want to light the entire case but you don’t need to do this as your most important items will be on the eye level shelves and higher.

Using these guidelines should help you formulate your living room lighting plan. With some thought about what your room will look like and the functions of the room, a plan will begin to evolve.

Living Room Fix-Its – Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About!

Once your guests have cleared the ‘security’ stop point of your foyer/entry area of your home, it’ time to introduce them to a more personal you. Invite them into your ‘Living Room,’ the one space where family and friends always seem to meet!

I suppose the name was assigned to this room because of the amount of time we plan to spend in it! What a tall order; to create a room, a single room, where an entire family can live in it and guests can feel welcome too.

Let’s do it!

First, measure your wall space and make note of window placement. Write it down; sketch a layout of the room, including doors and windows and their proximity to one another!

Before you decide what furniture will be included in this particular masterpiece of a room, think about it! Make a note about how it will be used in your family, what things are vital and nonnegotiable and what things can go if there is a pinch for space or design.

Next, decide on a color to set the tone and mood you want to achieve in this space. Remember there are shades and hues of every color; find the one that best suits you and your family, and your plan. You need only to determine what you want this room to feel like before selecting your color.

Find your focal point; then begin arranging your furnishings in a manner that will allow the space to be lived in comfortably while traffic moves freely about the room. This is typically a fireplace, a great view or some area of the room that will hold the most used items like the TV.

If you have a ‘cookie cutter’ style home, consider adding an electric fireplace (found at your local home improvement stores inexpensively) to create a personalized warm and inviting focal point. Seating should be grouped around your focal point; it should also be arranged to promote conversations between the people in the room.

Change the fans and chandeliers for replacement fans and lighting that suit your décor. Once the room is completed, you can add lighting on tables to compliment your design choices. Remember, it matters little what it appears to be when you start, your goal is to make it work for your family and your design style, affordably.

Measure the pieces you intend to keep in the room. If you can locate a roll of painter’s tape you will be able to measure the pieces of furniture and place them with the tape to see exactly how the floor space and traffic pattern responds to your ideas. This saves back breaking labor for plans that simply won’t work! Invest in a set of ‘moving coasters.’ These are available at Dollar Stores, discount department stores and all home improvement stores. The most difficult part of arranging a room will become a breeze with these coasters.

If your space is large enough, establish two focal points; combining two points of interest in the space will make it more inviting. This allows for the primary focal point and a secondary point of interest that typically includes a quiet time space to read, a desk or some other special area you want to create in the room. This area should be at the furthest distance from the hub of activity in the room.

If you are using a TV set as your focal point, place it in an attractive setting such as a wall unit, hanging above a media cabinet or in a hanging media cabinet that can be closed off when not being used while providing yet another conversation piece to enhance your décor. In other words, make it earn the cherished position of the focal point of your room. The largest of your art pieces should be placed with the largest furniture pieces; something that says I’m special! If you don’t see the perfect piece, head to thrift shops, yard and garage sales and Flea Markets. You know what to do!

Avoid overly large pieces of furniture; your goal is to make the space compliment your furniture and design ideas and make your furniture comfortable in the space.

Place your sofa in the area with the largest blank space open that also allows the people in the room to enjoy the focal point. Leave at least two feet between sofas, chairs and love seats and the coffee table. Anything less is uncomfortable, feels crowded and causes knee injuries and a painful experience in your home.

Avoid the matching sofa, love seat, chair settings. Choose the sofa as your primary piece and then complement it with different colors or patterns that allow all of the pieces to show off. One matching chair or even a matching love seat can be overcome by adding a contrasting piece to the grouping. Add complimentary throw pillows that introduce your secondary color choices into the space.

Consider adding a sofa table (even if it is a buffet in disguise that will add valuable space for storage, games, etc. that your family uses. When placed at the back of the sofa or love seat it frees up wall space, adds wood tones and a place to add lighting or candles and display space. Cut the legs off of an older buffet and create a special seating area by adding a pillow to the top!

Reject the idea of placing your sofa against the wall, in front of the window. So help me that look is the basis of the ‘House of Commons.’ It says, “I did not know what to do with anything so I just pushed it against the white walls and lined everything up!” That is not an original idea!

Pull pieces into your grouping; leave the walls for spectacular wall hangings and accessories. Don’t be afraid to pull the chairs in and angle them to achieve a conversation area. It is uncomfortable and uninviting to have to bend your neck to make conversation with others in the room.

Place the pieces and sit down, have a ‘mock’ conversation and gently ‘live’ in the space before selecting the right grouping. You will be a force to be reckoned with if you achieve a comfortable seating arrangement!

People will enjoy their time spent in your home and leave not quite knowing why it was such a good experience. It is called being ‘comfortable.’

Personally, I am uncomfortable in spaces where there are no tables; no coffee tables, no end tables, nothing! Just sit right down, hold your coffee and tough it out!

I don’t understand this mentality; it inspires people to leave the space quickly.

Carefully examine the rest of your pieces of furniture. Make sure they do not overwhelm the space by excessive height or girth. Every piece beyond the primary sitting area is an accessory. Make them count!

Hang your pictures and wall decorations at eye level. This places the center of the picture at somewhere between 5′ and 5’6,” Hanging pictures with the center of the picture at 60″ is most desirable to create a warm and inviting space. Find one place in the room to place your largest wall hanging that will allow it to shine for you. If you look around your friends’ homes you are likely to discover that someone measured about a foot or a foot and a half down the wall from the ceiling and hung everything. It is impossible to balance a room with those kinds of heights. Eye Level, always!

If you want to visually tie a space together, like the seating arrangement, find a rug that is two feet wider than the conversation arrangement and center it on the rug underneath.

If you have a sofa that looks perfect against a wall, look for something that balances the size of the sofa with the room. As unlikely as it may seem, a single oversized piece will attract attention not only to your prized sofa but also to the entire room as it becomes the focal point.

Eliminate clutter, place only large items on the floor as a part of your décor get rid of ‘foo foo’ pieces that collect dust (a nice curio cabinet is good for these to be displayed).

Add candles in at least one area of your living room. When things are quieter in the house candles are very comforting to relax with. Display it attractively! Add a plant, tree or other accessory beside the areas that still feel austere to further designate it as your focal point. Whatever your plan, execute it with pride.

Create a special corner in any area and let the lighting, mirrors and candles set a special mood! You are ready now to ‘strut your stuff’ in your living room! Invite your friends and enjoy!