Decorating Ideas for a Living Room

Tip to decorate a living room

Decorating a room can either be a nightmare or fun experience, depending on your perspective of decoration. Enjoy decorating but do not go overboard. What is important is to find a balance and create a room that is inviting, relaxing and lovely to look at.

If you want something completely new, then remodeling the room entirely, with a theme, is a good option. You can have a modern, contemporary, colorful look, or choose to give an antique or rustic feel to the room. There are many options to choose from once you decide on the theme.

On the other hand, if you do not want to remodel entirely, try adding a few accessories or pieces of furniture that can change the look of the room. These accessories can be anything from a simple bookshelf, brightly colored furniture, or even a decorative clock.

Here are a few designs and options for a complete remodeled living room, as well as ideas for decorating with accessories and furniture. Take your pick!

A Few Ideas

A Cozy Corner
Living Room with Wooden Wall
The above image demonstrates excellent use of the wooden focal wall adjacent to the long window that gives the room a design uplift. The subtle leather furniture with the low coffee table and side table add to the simplicity of the room. The light-colored furnishings make the room appear big, neat and also brighter. You can use this design when your room is small and you don’t have too much space to experiment.Go White
White Sofa in Living Room

Confused over the right color combination for the lounge room? If yes, then play safe with white. White sofa sets when combined with the wooden coffee table and the floor lamp make the room look brighter and spacious. The spacious look is furniture-enhanced with the use of an in-the-wall bookshelf and wall unit. The USP of the room is the hanging white lamp! It gives a finishing touch to the room.

Contemporary Feel
Contemporary Red Living Room

If you have a lot of space in your sitting room, then this is a good design idea for you. The bold mix of black, red and white just lifts your mood. All naked walls with just a big wall clock is the USP of the room. The black-colored sofas are well-complemented with multicolored cushions. If you want to sit and have a cozy chat, this room invites you to do just that! And with no television set, your chats will be uninterrupted!

The Good Ol’ Days
Vintage Living Room

Go back in time with this ‘rustic feel’ front room design. The antique furniture and the brilliantly placed lights give a 70s’ look! The light color of the drapes complements the light-colored scheme of the room. The USP of the room, for me, will be the chandelier. Go ahead, switch off the lights and let the room be lit with the brightness of the chandelier. Anyone for a candid candlelight chat?

Twist in the Tale
Vintage Living Room

If you are looking for a makeover to your current living room, this design can help you. The addition of the soft-colored accent wall and colorful cushions make all the difference to the otherwise neutral-colored room. The frame that is added to the accent wall is the focal point. You can hang a painting or a unique piece of art. The decoration is kept minimum, with just the indoor plant and hanging lights used.

Now, if you just want to redo your lounge room without changing a lot of things around, you can accessorize it with the following decorating items. Choose the one that you feel is the best for your house!

Feng Shui Tips for Your Living Room

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that is believed to have originated in Tibet around ten thousand years ago, and has been practiced across the world since then. According to this system, there is a constant flow of good and bad energies in nature, and to enhance their flow in any specific space, one has to decorate that area in a certain way. It provides relevant information on how to balance the energies in a given space, to assure health and fortune for people living in it.

Living room is the most important area of a home, where family and friends usually gather for get-togethers, parties, and sometimes for business meetings or formal affairs. Hence, it is a room that should contain a wide assortment of chairs and sofa benches along with some innovative, classic designs and decorations. The arrangement of furniture and objects requires to be done according to feng shui, in order to have good health, happiness, and prosperity for the family.
Living Room According to Feng ShuiTo enjoy all the benefits and avoid unsettled conditions, it is important to recognize and modify each and every point of the living room according to the feng shui concepts. LayoutAccording to feng shui, the living room should be on the ground floor, and not upstairs. It should not be visible from the main entrance way or doorway. Technically, when people enter the house, first there should be a finely decorated foyer or entrance hall having common rooms close by and personal rooms a bit away.
Another important point is the wealth, which lies in the left hand corner, when someone enters the room. A door or doorway located just under this point can lead to gradual loss of financial prosperity as the money will keep seeping away. If you have such a living room layout, and now it is impossible to change the design, you can counter the negative energy by keeping a healthy plant in a large pot at the entrance but with no dead leaves or flowers.
ColorsSince each color attracts a particular type of energy, the color of the living room has to be selected depending upon its location. If the living room is at the center of the home, then with the health point of view, brown or shades of yellow are great colors as per feng shui.If the room is in the west, then white color suits well, whereas, if the living room is positioned in the east, shades of green or black help to increase the family honor and heritage.
Dark shades can also be used for a room positioned at the north to bring success and prosperity in life.If the room is positioned in the south, shades of red will bring in lots of fame and power.Soft or pastel pink when used in the south west corner can revive a dull or ending relationship, whereas gray or silver colors when used in the northwest can bring in opportunities and success.
Furniture PlacementThe next point to be considered is the furniture placement in the living room. The furniture should be arranged in such a way, that it enables easy movement throughout the room, and creates no obstacles when people traverse the room. The couch, chairs, or sofa seats should not be positioned in such a way that people sitting on them have to look straight out the front door.
You should place the couch and chairs with their backs to a wall, not necessarily flat against the wall. If you have two couches, avoid placing them facing each other as this can induce stress in your visitors who are unknown to each other. The best way to place them is with one to the side of the other in a catty-cornered set up. Also, don’t place the couch under a beam as it puts undue pressure on the family’s breadwinner. Try to position the furnishings with their backs to either the front or the main door or a window.
Decorating TipsCorners or dark areas of the living room should be lightened using mild lights, blend of clear colors and mirrors, as this attracts ‘chi’ or positive energy, and enables it to flow through the whole room.Avoid placing television and other metal objects in the center of the room as this can invite negative energy.As the room’s main table symbolizes health, it should be neat and tidy. Keeping natural flowers and plants on it is good for the sight and health of people sitting around it.
Another important element of feng shui is the mirrors. A well-positioned mirror can bring in more light, make the room look wider and can reflect a symbolic element in it.Placing feng shui items like fuk luk sau at an elevated level can create an auspicious chi for the entire house. Fuk luk sau is basically a three stand deity believed to symbolize three main aspirations of humans – happiness, wealth, and long life.
Hanging wind chimes in certain areas of the room ,and placing a fish tank in the north of a room can promote health, harmony, and prosperity within the family. So, if you are planning to buy or renovate your home, keep these principles in mind and enrich your family’s lives with its positive benefits.

Living Room Designs for Small Spaces

Everyone has a particular spot in the house which is their favorite place―they can play cards, watch television, or just relax there. People living in big houses have many options to choose their favorite from, but this is not possible for people living in smaller houses.

However, you can make your ‘not-so-large’ room look comfortable and stylish by implementing the following tips.

Tips to Design Your Small Living Room
People are always confused about how to design their small living rooms. They want their room to look elegant as well as spacious. This can be achieved through the following tips.

Color SchemesThe colors of the interiors of the house play a very important role in room decoration. People often avoid using dark colors in case of small spaces. However, one can go for contrasting colors for a small living room.

You can get one focal wall painted in a darker shade than the others, or play with colors and make a unique design on it while keeping the other walls lighter in color. Do not try to decorate every wall of your house, making it look like a circus or a colorful house from a fairy tale! You can also use your imagination and make the color scheme look more attractive and eye-catching.
FlooringYou can give your living room a glamorous look by choosing a contrasting color scheme between the flooring and the walls. This will make your room look more exciting and full of life.

Your flooring will become a distinctive and unique feature of your room in contrast with your wall color scheme. But do keep in mind that if you want bright or colorful flooring, keep all the walls of same color.
LightingDid you know that the right kind of lights can actually make your room look bigger? It is true that lighting in the right direction and the right way can make your room look more spacious especially if it is focused on the darker wall.

Use different light fixtures like a wall sconce which has a light-colored glass or a wall fixture which is focusing its light in the upward direction. Place lamp shades which complement the look and color scheme of the room. Placing a dull-colored lamp in the room that has a bright color scheme will spoil the look of the room. Try to use dramatic home lighting as it will make your room look brighter and expressive.
FurniturePeople have this misconception that placing smaller pieces of furniture in the room will make it look bigger, which is not always true. In fact, one should use large pieces of furniture in the room to make it look spacious rather that cramming several small pieces.

Try to use furniture that can also give you a storage facility so that you can put away unnecessary stuff, making your room look neater. Use furniture that is multipurpose like a couch bed or a coffee table, which can also be used as a dining table.

Sofas and chairs without arms will make the room look more roomy. You can also change the display of your furniture frequently, giving your room a different look.
DecorationUse pleasant and sophisticated decorative items. You can try decorating your room with pictures of yourself and your loved ones, the gifts you’ve received, or even shells you may have collected from the beach. This will give your room a warm and informal look.
These were some of the smart and easy designs ideas for small apartments. You can also add your own creativity to these ideas to achieve the perfect room you’ve always desired.