Making the choice of what color to paint your living room can be difficult because of the myriad of colors available at every paint store. Don’t start out trying to pick the right color and the exact shade. Break down the decision process and begin by looking at the big picture. Try to decide what you want the room to feel like. If you want the room to be peaceful and relaxing, think of light, natural colors, such as soft whites, creams, beiges, sage greens and other earth tones that give you a soothing feeling. If you want a cheery room, pick cheery colors, such as bright white, yellow, warm pink or any color that feels sunshiny and happy. For an invigorating, classy room, choose warm, dark colors, from burnt orange to eggplant to chocolate. To make your living room cool and posh, pick stark black, white and cool blues.
Keep a sense of harmony. You can quite easily obtain a sense of balance by thinking carefully about the materials you are using. Think of textures – rough or smooth? Think about how the surfaces respond to light – are they shiny and glossy? Smooth and reflective materials can help a room feel larger but they need to be balanced against other materials such as natural woods and stone. Solid wood furniture adds a lot of character and style as well as bringing a natural feel to your room.
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The very name of a living room conveys the vibrancy of this space. In many homes, this room is a place where its residents can lounge, relax, interact, and generally be themselves. For this reason, it’s of particular importance to make sure that the design of your living room is conducive to this sort of atmosphere. At the same time, you want to make sure that your living room reflects your personal style and is still consistent with the decor in the rest of the house. Putting together a unified design that’s still inviting may seem like a daunting task, but here are some design ideas to help you.
Visual Balance. Create a good visual balance between the used and unused spaces. By used space I mean the floor that has been occupied by the furniture pieces. It is not necessary to fill every corner of the living room.
Another great idea for adding contemporary furniture options into a small living space is to find multi-purpose pieces to decorate with. For example, ottomans that also include storage can help you to store things out of sight without losing functionality. Small living rooms need all the open areas they can get to maintain the appearance of space and roominess.