When looking to decorate a living room, its important to recognise that its a really well-used room and that it is often the hub of the home just as much as the kitchen and important for family life. So as such, how you decorate it and what goes into the room is key. Whether your style is elegant, minimal or eclectic there are essential items within the room that will affect the theme or ‘look’.
It’s also important to figure out your living room’s colour palette, this will determine the mood of the space. For a calm space consider shades of blue or green. Envision a more energetic room? Think about warm tones like reds, oranges. Neutral shades of beige, grey, tan, or white will give you more versatility when deciding what pops of colour you may want to bring in.
Angel Wingback Buttoned Accent Chair, Ocean Teal from Jack Stonehouse
The sofa and chairs are the most dominant pieces of furniture, so they really can set the tone. Do you want something that’s slouchy and comfortable? Or would you prefer seating that has those clean lines that represent a more minimal style? If vintage is your style then the above wingback chair would work perfectly. Also, the fabric that is used makes a big difference. If you have children or pets, go for an easily washable fabric, or as I prefer leather which is both practical, softens and ages to look vintage-like. Looking for something more sophisticated? I would recommend you could look at linen and velvet fabrics.
An often-overlooked part of redecorating a space, but essential. Remember to use both ambient lighting and task lighting. I have written about choosing lighting in more detail here. Lighting is a great way to punctuate your design style in a living room.
Coffee & Sidetables
There are so many styles of furniture on offer. My choice has always been a mix of very modern clean lines with midcentury. I just think its a style that doesn’t go out of fashion. Are you looking for furniture that perhaps reminds you of your travels, maybe heavily carved wood that feels solid and robust? How much storage do you need and can this be incorporated into the scheme with your choices?
Affordable artwork, even original artwork is much easier and cheaper to find now. I think it’s a good idea to narrow down what you think will go with the overall style before you visit a shop or online as the number of styles can be overwhelming. Again think about the theme of your room but most of all you should love the art that you choose.
Accessories and Plants
The main accessories I am thinking of that can make a big impact are soft furnishings. The fabric and colour choice as well as the pattern of them if at all. Having plants and flowers can change the way a whole room feels too. Light it up with candles, having candles in your living room space makes it feel intimate, inviting, and super cosy.