Living Room Designs and Ideas For Your Studio Apartment

Living in a studio apartment may limit you physically, but it doesn’t have to cramp your imagination. What you can or cannot do with your living room design is entirely in your hands. In fact, if you want to turn your living room into beach front property, that is entirely possible.

If you already have an aquarium, why not take advantage of that and turn it into a theme? A potted palm tree is surprisingly affordable and looks great inside. If you lay down a large section of artificial turf, the effect of the tree is enhanced ten-fold. A huge backdrop in the form of a beach painting will turn your studio apartment into a tropical hideaway. By the way, you don’t have to spend a thousand dollars at an art store for the painting. A search of the local thrift stores will usually turn up wonderful paintings, photos or prints for no more than twenty dollars. If you want to go all out on this beach theme, you may add a child’s tiny wading pool. Fill it a quarter-full with water and put play sand in the middle for a sandbar. Place a colorful pail of sand on top for an added touch.

One of the great things about living room design in a studio apartment is that if you can paint the apartment or wallpaper it in one day. If you are lucky enough to have hardwood floors, why not go for the Stockholm look? Paint three of the walls and the ceiling eggshell white. Apply a seal brown, or taupe-pattern of wallpaper to the fourth wall. Add curtains with a design similar to that of the wallpaper. A circular straw matt in the middle of the floor, and set off by a large floor vase of dried flowers will complete the look. By the way, this is an excellent design to use with a room divider.

In most cases, simple elegance is what gives an apartment studio a feeling of both charm and space. You can paint your central room old lace, and lay down a white sheepskin throw rug. A small, stately dining room set works well. You don’t have to buy a Hans Wegner set. A simple, well-polished oak table with matching chairs works just fine, especially if you top it with tall, white candles. A clock with Roman numerals works great in this setting, as does a stand with wildflowers.

Your studio apartment, if the living room design is done well, will be a place people want to visit. It doesn’t need to be a stopping off place for guests who wish to go elsewhere. By taking advantage of your creative side, your studio apartment may well be the envy of those with spacious houses and bigger budgets.

How To Decorate A Living Room – Area Rugs Tips

Area rugs can be used in many ways, both practical and decorative. Although I’m going to give out some tips about how to decorate a living room with area rugs, they are only suggestion; it is all up to you to decide want to use any of it or not or you may come up with one that suit you the most.

Depending on the area rug’s size, they can be used to create focal point to highlight something in a living room like table, chair, sofa, TV set, etc., with a smaller sized rug. Whereas a larger sized rug is often used to highlight an area in a house like living room, dining room, etc. Smaller area rugs are usually 2’X3′, 3’X5′ and 4’X6′ in size, they can be used to decorate our living room by itself or put a piece of lovely furniture on top of the rug. Whereas larger area rugs are usually 6’X9′, 8’X10′, 9’X12′ and 12’X15′ in size, these area rugs can also be used to decorate a living room by itself or used to define an area in a house; we can place a set of sofa together with coffee tables on top of it, creating a beautiful focal point.

It is best to measure our living room space before we purchase anything from a shop; we would want to purchase a rug that fits our room space, not too big and not too small depending what we are going to use it. We can try to simulate the actual space consumed by placing a tape, book, bottle, etc., which indicate each corner of a rug. If we plan to place furniture on top, then we can use the same method to do so, especially when we want to place larger furniture like living room furniture like coffee table and sofa. This will make sure that we will get an area rug with the size that meets our requirement and also avoiding hassles brought from buying the wrong rug.

When we are placing our rugs, we need be aware of places or areas with higher traffic. Try not to place the area rug corner or edge in the middle of this high traffic walkway; they could bring serious tripping and we might be one of the victim someday. Also take note of places or areas close to a door; we need to check whether the door underneath has enough space for our rugs, otherwise it will spoil our rugs in the long run. When placing a larger rug, try to leave some spaces around 1 to 2 feet between the wall or end of the floor for floor exposure, this will make the room looks larger.

No matter what area rugs we used to decorate our living room, it is highly recommended to use rug pad. A rug pad is used to protect our rugs and also hardwood floor (if our house is using this kind of floor) from being damaged by scratching each other when people walk on it. Besides, it also prevent our rug to slip away and keep it in place.

There are a lot more ways to decorate with it, I’m only giving a few suggestion on how to decorate a living room with area rugs, you can always find them out in Google and decorate it with your own instinct. Remember, there is no fixed way on any kind of decoration. I hope this article helps.

Open Up Your Small Living Room

A living room is often one of the most utilized rooms in a house. It can be used as a gathering place for youthful hangouts or study sessions. Perhaps your room is used to host monthly group meetings or clubs. Sporting events may be watched regularly from your living room sofa. Maybe your room is the site of regular parties or social gatherings. Whatever the case may be, the living room deserves special attention when it comes to home decorating. This is the space in your home where you reconnect with your family and loved ones.

The feel of a living space in manipulated with the way furniture is placed in it; the way colors are added to it and accents that are used in it. Different design elements can completely transform the look and feel of a living room. Even if your living room is a problem spot in your house, do not despair there are solutions to minimize the things you don’t like and maximize the potential that is there.

If your living room is on the smaller side, make sure you are aware of the furniture pieces you are putting into that room. It is important not to overburden a smaller space with too many pieces of furniture or too large of furniture. The placement of furniture and area rugs in a small space is essential. In order to visually expand the space, keep furniture toward the walls. Clumping furniture too close together, or too near the center of the room, will visibly shrink an already small space.

If you use your living area as a space where you watch television or movies often the placement of the furniture and TV or projector is even more important. Placing the television and seating furniture along opposite walls is often the best and possibly only real solution, proper placement of an area rug will help keep your room from visually shrinking. Place the area rug in front of or underneath the television then place the furniture along the opposite outside edge of the rug. This visually expands your floor space and will keep you from feeling too cramped. If possible, use a round or oval shaped rug to eliminate a boxy feel.

Choosing the right size rug is extremely important in a smaller sized living room. Using too large of a rug will end up seeming like the main flooring, or carpet, in a room. Using too small of a rug can look like an afterthought and unplanned design element. It will not have the right effect on your decorating as a well thought out and planned rug. Essentially you should look for a rug that is large enough to cover the center of the floor, but not too large that all of the furniture along the perimeter of the room rests fully on top of it. If you shift the rug so that it covers more of one side of a room leaving exposed flooring on the other side, you will again visually change the appearance of the size of the room. Small living rooms can be greatly enhanced by choosing and using the right area rugs.

One Room at a Time – Living Room

Designing and decorating your home can be an overwhelming task. How do you keep focus and stay within your budget when a whole house is looming with both possibilities and problems to spare? A good solution is to take it one room at a time.

The living room is no longer the antiquated and underused room that it used to be. With square footage at a premium we want to be able to use every room we have. Often the living room is more than a space to entertain in. In homes that lack a family room, it can be called into action for television viewing, entertaining, relaxing, and sometimes even a home office may be tucked into a corner.
Here are some key elements to consider when decorating a living room:

-Function-
The function of a room refers to how the space will be used. A living room can be tricky to design because there are often large pieces of furniture and the space may be used for several different functions. To find the best floor plan without breaking your back, do it on paper first. It is a good idea to decide what your space will be used for and prioritize accordingly. If the space will be used primarily for entertaining, seating and arrangements that are conducive to conversation will be at the top of your list. However, if you will be watching television most of the time, the tv will take precedence. Make sure your room has a focal point such as a fireplace or windows. It adds focus and a place to rest your eyes.

-Furnishings-
Furniture is the bridge between form and function in any design. It is the element that will determine the function of the space. There are many stylish sofas available that are also very comfortable. There are unlimited possibilities for chairs also as a seating option. They can range from overstuffed to sculptural. There truly is a chair to match any style. Tables are some of the most useful and most overlooked pieces of furniture in a living space. They provide extra storage, a place to put needed lighting, not to mention somewhere to put your feet up or set down a drink. They can go by all kinds of different names: end table, coffee table, side table, sofa table, cocktail table, console table, and the list goes on. Any or all can be useful additions to your space and a great way to reinforce the style and feel of your space. If you plan to watch television, the media console is another key piece of furniture. Depending on your taste, it can hide the tv behind closed doors, or a flat screen can look great displayed on a more modern piece.

-Layers-
Adding textiles, artwork, lighting, and accessories are what give the room character and personality, specifically your personality. Textiles in the form of rugs, pillows, drapes, and throws are comforting and an easy way to add color, pattern, and interest. This is the fun part! Sticking to a color palette will make your space more pulled together but don’t be afraid to add pops of color. Artwork is a very personal decision and you should choose things you like. Keep in mind your colors and the mood that you are trying to achieve. For example, if you want a restful relaxing space choosing bold bright artwork may work against you. Lighting is often an after thought, but it is key to making a space you will want to spend time in. If a room is dark and unwelcoming or appropriate task lighting is absent you may not use the room the way you want to. Accessories may seem like a small part of a space and often the dregs of the budget are used to buy a few things, but they truly do make the space. They are a reflection of you; the things you love and want to see. Just don’t go overboard with knick knacks and such. A few treasured accessories go along way to making the room feel complete.

Now that your living room is complete you can stand back and admire your handiwork. Now which room to tackle next?…