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Room Design 101: The Living Room

Posted on April 10, 2017 by Michelle Lefurgey

Room Design 101: The Living Room imageWhen thinking about your living room, there are many factors to consider. Designing your living room can be an enjoyable experience with the right tools at hand. You'll want something that showcases your personality and fits with the rest of your home, while still being that cozy place to lounge in at the end of the day. 

Giving thought to the way you decorate ensures you will enjoy that space thoroughly for a long time to come. So let's do just that; below are some ideas to get you thinking about how you can design your living room to suit you and your home.

Room Design 101: The Living Room image1. Finding Your Centre

Finding the focal point of your living room is a simple project. All you have to do is think about what you want as the focus in that space. The focus object can be big, like a large bay window, or small, like a decorative object on your mantel. Plus, there's always the option to stick with a classic, the television. Once you have a focal point, you can design the rest of the room around it, giving it a cohesive look. 

2. Filling in the Gaps

Your living room layout has a very important role in the way the space looks. This is where you'll want to consider the amount of traffic this living area receives and who will be using it. Take into account your family and friends, and your pets too. Contemplating the typical time spent within the space makes it easier to know exactly where to place furniture. Don’t be afraid to arrange and re-adjust! It’s all part of the process. 

3. Picking a Theme

Having a decor theme gives you the shell you need to decide exactly what you want to fill your living room with. How you want to feel in your living room can be completely changed by the colours you choose. Having a theme can make it easier to assemble a creative, beautiful space. Choose three main ideas you want to base your theme off of, such as colour, accessories you love, and your focal point. 

Room Design 101: The Living Room image4. Building on Feeling

Now that you’ve found your focal point and theme, choosing accessories will be a breeze. Accessories are those finishing touches that complete the overall look of a space, such as an interesting piece of local artwork. This could also be used as a focal point for those of you that aren’t Netflix lovers. Think again about how you want to feel in this space, then fill it with items that provide that feeling. 

5. Shopping in Your Own Home 

This has to be the smartest choice for people redesigning their living room, as well as beneficial for those moving into a new space. It’s highly possible you already own what you need to make an integrated area. Take a walk through the other rooms in your house, taking notice of the items that would fit better into your living room. 

6. Trying the Rule of Thirds 

It's been said that items arranged in odd numbers are more appealing to the eye. You may be familiar with the rule of thirds from other art disciplines. But it's also applicable to interior design within your living room. This makes organizing all your hand-picked accessories much more straightforward. 

7. Considering Negative Space

Negative space is a requirement of any uncluttered area. It’s all the spaces furniture isn’t and all the empty walls without artwork on them. This type of space gives your mind a break so you can really enjoy the places your items do fill. After thinking about negative space, move your items and give it a few days. Then, adjust that space to suit the way you live.

After giving thought to these concepts, you should be able to imagine your ideal living room. The way you design a room can make it feel just about any way you please. Personal touches are what makes designing your space so rewarding. When you choose the way your living room is designed, it creates a space you truly want to come home to. 

Feeling inspired? Continue to beautify your home with the help of our previous post, Room Design 101: The Kitchen, and see what kind of creative ideas you can cook up.

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