By Paul Adede
Some people call it a living room, others, a lounge, or more formally, a sitting room. But however you refer to it, there’s no doubting this room’s main purpose in your home: to be a comfortable space where the household can relax. Whether living on your own or with a family or friend, your living room is an important space. This room is where your family spends time together, and it is the room most of your guests will spend the majority of their time in. These living room decorating ideas will help you create your dream space however much you have to spend.
Decorate with Mirrors
Designers often place mirrors strategically in small places in order to make them feel larger. One of the most common small living room ideas is to hang a large mirror in a central location to create a focal point. To reflect light and add a nice ambiance, put it behind a light source such as a candle or pendant lamp. If possible, position a mirror across from your window so it will reflect the view and give the illusion of another window.
The quickest way to let light in starts at the source. Replace heavy fabric curtains with gauzy ones, making sure the panels go all the way to the floor. You will not have to choose between privacy and light control, as the material of the sheer drapes will give you the best of both worlds. To accentuate a tall ceiling, mount the drapes about a foot above windows and doors.
Statement area Rug / Carpet
An area rug is a common addition to a hard surface floor such as hardwood, laminate, or tile. Area rugs have a unique way of bringing together all of the elements of a room – for example, they can pull together various colors used in the décor. The key to subtle color lays at your feet. Perhaps the most obvious reason to have an area rug is for the look of it. A patterned carpet plays up the neutral furniture in your living room. It brings out the warmth, comfort and provides a grounding aspect which helps anchor the furniture in a room while creating a cozy intimate space.
Basic Cozy Furniture
Most living rooms contain a sofa, armchair, side table, and coffee table. Look for these basic elements before adding extra pieces such as ottomans (foot rest) and additional tables. Choose a few full-size furniture pieces instead of cramming in lots of smaller ones. The living room will feel larger, and you’ll have a sofa you actually like to sit on.