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What Are Some Ways to Decorate Your Living Room?

A beautiful house doesn’t end with a good-looking lawn and exterior. Style and beauty should also be present in the interior. Your living room is the first place where family, friends, and guests stop when first entering your home.

As they say, first impressions always last. So don’t settle on a beautiful exterior and make that impression on your friends and visitors by giving the same effort when decorating your living room.

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What Are Some Ways to Decorate Your Living Room

When it comes to decorating your living room, it can be all about your preferences. However, note that there are certain things to keep in mind before you put that expensive centerpiece on your coffee table. Here are some ways to help you decorate your living room.

Measurements First

There are countless stories of people getting furniture and other items for their living room only to find out they’re too large or too small. When this situation happens, it’s either replacing that item with another or not getting anything at all.

Problems arise even more when it comes to custom furniture, as you can’t really trim down or cut your furniture so it’ll fit. This fact is the reason why you should always do measurements first before buying furniture.


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Lighting

You have to get proper lighting when you want to highlight impressive centerpieces such as a buddha print, trophy heads, wall pieces, or even figurines or sculptures. However beautiful your pieces are, if no one can see them, then it’s pointless placing them in your living room.

When adding light to the living room, add in task lights and ambient lighting. Friends and guests can read books while sitting on your sofa and use the task lights. Ambient lighting can improve the overall looks and “feel” of your living room.

Picturing the Layout

Now that you’re done with measurements and where your lights are placed, you can create a visual layout of what your living will look like. Picture out the stuff you’ll place and how you’ll arrange them. If you already have the things you want to place, such as the sofa and the seats, that works as well.

You’ll only need a lot of elbow grease as you might have to move around things to your liking. However, for heavier stuff such as the tv stand or enclosure, the sofa, etc., you have to place them first and build around them. That way, you won’t have to move around the heavy stuff.

The Rug

Speaking of the heavier stuff, another thing that you should place beforehand is the rug. For the living room, you’ll need a big enough rug to fit all your furniture. The ideal size for a living room rug is 8’x10′ or 9’x12.

Always choose the best rug that goes well with your living room. Picking a rug that’s too small can make your living room look disjointed while getting a bigger one will make your living room look smaller.

Your Style

Your living room’s style depends on how busy your living room will be. It would help if you also asked questions like:

  • Will I be staying in the living room for long?
  • Will I be hosting gatherings and parties often?
  • How many people will be living with me?
  • Will my pets be living inside the house?

Once you know the answers to these few questions, you’ll have an idea of which style works

  • Minimalist
  • Modern
  • Relaxed
  • Farmhouse
  • Warm
  • Contemporary
  • Formal

Takeaway

Although the living room isn’t the first thing that’ll give you an impression when coming to a house, it’s the first room you’ll most likely stay in.

This fact is why we should keep the looks and comfort of the living room the best way we can. The tips above can help you create the perfect living room for you.


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