As the heart of your home, the living room represents the social center and gathering place for friends and family. The layout of the room is one of the most important decisions you can make in arranging your furniture, and should be carefully thought out. We consulted with some leading interior designer for their top tips on decorating a livable social area:
- Choose your Design Style and Keep it Consistent
Many home owners make the mistake of switching up designs from room-to-room or even with a given room. Avoid the temptation to mix and match modern with Victorian styles and pick a consistent theme that will give your room a friendly, well implemented appearance.
- Opt for Light, Earthy Colors for a Friendly Style
While bright colors might seem appealing in concept, they can often distract from a social setting; as a result, you should seek a balance between audacious, loud colors and muted monochrome to make your room most livable. Coordinate colors across your furniture, wall paper and carpet, and consider using earthy tones to accent a dominant color.
- Stick with What Works, not a Design Philosophy
Some designers and home owners swear by Feng Shui or minimalist layout concepts – you can certainly consider these ideas, but go with a design structure that you feel comfortable with; after all, it’s your home!