As the focal point of your home, your living room is a great place to start your redecorative project. Whether you’re just starting out in a new home or looking for a simple way to enhance your existing decor, we’ll show you how to decorate your living room in five easy steps.
1. Take Inventory of Your Furniture and Decor
If you work with a living room full of furniture and decoration, start by taking stock of your goods to determine what should be stored, what will be donated or sold, and what is thrown. Use this time to release worn-out items such as chaise chairs or shabby coffee tables that are on their last legs. With only the important pieces left, you can start fresh and build your design from the ground up.
2. Arrange Your Furniture to Entertain and Unwind
Look for opportunities to create a seating area that encourages conversation, or place your furniture around focal points such as your TV or fireplace. Don’t forget to think about traffic flow. Your living room is usually the space you use most often in your home and where you go to relax at the end of the day. Make sure the furniture is located so that it is not difficult to maneuver around everything, or look for light pieces that can rotate throughout the space.
If you don’t start from scratch, start decorating your living room by rearranging your furniture. If you’ve lived with the spotlight on your TV for the past few years because you’re used to it, it’s time to change things. Moving your furniture can make your space feel new and attractive again.
3. Refresh Your Color Palette to Set the Tone
Before buying all new decorations, artwork and accessories, it’s important to know the color palette of your living room. The color of the room will ultimately determine the atmosphere and energy of the room. If you want to create a space that is soothing and calming, consider blue or green. For a more energetic and lively space, think of warm tones like red, orange, and yellow. Neutral shades like beige, gray, brown, or white will give you more flexibility when deciding what secondary colors to bring.
Dark colored or patterned pieces with tight webbing will prove to be the most durable in the living room, especially for busy families. If your color palette feels too one-tone, change your fabric and finish for a richer and fuller look.
4. Nail Down Your Style for a Cohesive Home Design
The style of your family room will often set expectations for the rest of your home, so the next step is to polish the design style you want to achieve. If you like the look of low-umbrella couches, tapered legs and geometric shapes, you will love the modern medieval style. Or if you prefer stressed furniture, vintage decorations, and floral patterns, the shabby chic style is your cup of tea. For modern minimalists who love clean lines, practical decorations, and sleek designs, all have fun in the simplicity of a modern style.
5. Welcome Guests With Efficient Lighting
Lighting is an often overlooked part of redecorating a room, but it is important when setting the mood of your living room and lighting up your decor. To learn how to use a combination of overhead lighting and task lighting to provide warm room light, see our Home Lighting Design Tips.
Maximize natural light with a thin curtain that absorbs sunlight gently. Table and floor lamps are a great way to mark your design style while adding functional light to your room, so don’t be afraid to be brave with your choice of lights. Lights are also a way to integrate secondary colors into your living room design.