It may sound impossible for you, but you can be your own professional interior decorator if you know how. Although there are lots of rooms in the house to change or transform, you should start from one of the most important rooms: the living room. The living room isn’t only the place to entertain guests, but it is also a place to gather around or hang out. Sometimes a living room also functions as the family room, if you have limited space at home. With so many different usages and functions of a living room, it is quite understandable if you want to do the best for your living room decor.
You don’t actually have to be a professional decorator to create stylish and good looking result. By simply understanding the basic concept and knowledge of interior décor, you can transform your living room into a stylish spot that isn’t only refreshing but also attractive. For a starter, to transform your living room without having to spend a fortune, you can start from the color. Colors play very important role in changing the atmosphere of a room; whether you want to deliver warm, elegant, cheerful, or homey feel. Here are some of the basic color ideas and arrangements that you can try for your living room:
Green. Green is refreshing, but it depends greatly on the hue and depth. For instance, pale, light, or pastel green can deliver fresh and adorable setting, while darker green can deliver more elegant and classier atmosphere.
Blue. Blue is always nice and exciting. Pale and pastel blue is fun, calming, and soothing, while darker blue is more elegant and even royal.
Pink. Pink is always adorable and cute. Light pale pink is good for classic atmosphere, while bolder pink is playful and whimsical.
Grey. Light grey is masculine, especially if you combine it with darker hue. Darker grey is more elegant and royal.
Moreover, the clever and proper color arrangement can create impressive palette in the end. As long as you can combine the colors you choose with neutral tones for accents, the end result will be smashing without you have to overdo it. It is okay to combine different colors, but make sure that each color comes with special arrangement. Even if you decide to combine two, three, or four colors within the same room, you always have to come up with exact planning: which one you will use as the main color, which one is the supportive hue, and which one is for accents.
Second, since the living room is the focus of public display – it is the place where you entertain guests – extra efforts needs to be done. To avoid boredom and plainness, finish accents and patterns for the wall and also ceiling. You should choose patterns or textures that fit your personality and characteristic. If you want to use wallpaper, that’s fine. Most homeowners don’t really think about decorating the ceilings, but if you want to create something different, focus on the ceiling decor. You don’t have to pick intricate or complicated textures or patterns; as long as you choose a certain pattern that pops, you are good to go.
Third, focus on architectural trim work and add special characteristic to it. Trim work is generally done to cover spots where ceilings and walls meet, or where walls and floors meet. Not all homeowners understand that trim work isn’t only designed to cover the spots, but as aesthetic element too. Although they may not be directly visible, you can actually deliver regional, contemporary, classic, or vintage look through them. You can consider tweaking the spots. Having a deep cornice, for example, having beamed or paneled vault ceiling, or installing lintels on the windows and door, will definitely deliver unique feel and improve your living room, despite the fact that they hidden and not always noticeable.
Fourth, if you want to create fashionable statement without having to spend a lot of money or without having to install these or that, you can always choose stylish and vibrant flooring, and yet comfy and cozy. Don’t be afraid to go bold or daring; who says you can’t create stylish flooring focal point? You can choose wall to wall soft carpet or furry rugs. You can choose using either plain rugs without patterns but with attractive and bold colors, or having rugs with unique patterns or even shapes. If you don’t really like having too bold covering, you can always go with the elegant and classy rugs or carpets. You can also use bare flooring, as long as it has unique element. Hardwood floor with either elegant dark or light colors can be a great option. If you want to combine it with area rugs, feel free to do so. You can also enhance and show off other elements for your flooring – in case you don’t want to use floor cover at all. You can have stone tiles, ceramic tiles, or even marble options. They may not be the general options, but it won’t hurt to try.
The last, you should always create your own focal point. In case you already have a fireplace in the living room, you only need to focus on its home decoration so it will be more pronounced and enhanced; after all, fireplace represents hominess and warmth inside a house. But even if you have a fireplace and you want to create different focal points, it is possible to do so. You don’t always have to go with bigger stuffs or grandeur work. Simply choose something unique and unconventional; from the terms of shapes, themes, or colors. For instance, if you have an all green living room, having a fuchsia armchair will certainly create a direct and obvious focal point. Or if you have a plain, without-pattern room theme, having geometric patterns for the cushions and the sofa will be definitely create a ‘shocking’ effect.
Those are the simple ways of how to improve the look of your living room without too much fuss. And the great thing about them is that they are affordable and cost friendly, so you won’t have to hurt your financials.