LIVING ROOM DECORATING IDEAS
Living rooms are central to any home and they have to be well decorated for people to feel welcoming and the homeowners to feel confident of their house. Living room decoration has become a necessity and living room decorating ideas are rampant. There are leading interior decorators in Chennai for living room decoration and D5 Design Factory is one of the front runners.
Nowadays the fact is that we have more and more homes where the living room or the family room will be smaller. This is quite challenging since smaller rooms have to be made to look bigger in space. There are many visual clues to make a living room look roomier, warmer and welcoming, here are a few tips for that.
10 Tips For Living Room Decoration
- Light furniture with simple lines
Instead of using dark furniture try to use furniture in lighter shades. The lighter furniture if they have prominent legs will add to the advantage. The advantage is that the eyes will have a complete view of the floor and hence the feel will be that of a larger room, but darker furniture will give a heavy feel and the room will look much smaller. If the centre table and the end tables are in glass and metal it will not obstruct the eyes and so will make the room look larger.
- Lighter colour scheme
Try to use neutral colours and lighter hues of blue and green to open up the space in a living room. These cooler colours recede and thus give the impression of a much larger room. If the room is really small a palette of just three colours will give it the spacious look. To balance all these pastel shades we can use darker accent rugs and cushions on the furniture. Even lighter floor colour will help in visually enlarging the room.
- Use some mirrors
We all know that mirrors can make a small room appear bigger and we have wall to wall mirrors in showrooms and certain upscale interiors which visually give the room depth and spaciousness. The mirrors work best because they reflect light. Take care to have only the proper walls or objects reflected.
- Emphasise on vertical lines
Every room has a vertical axis which is more often forgotten in your rush to populate the room horizontally. Try to get the eye moving upwards from the furniture with objects like tall lampshades, vertical paintings, and full length drapes and stacked up art objects.
- Match the scale of the room
Try to understand the scale of your room and match your furniture to it. Buy furniture that is smaller in scale for smaller rooms but avoid clutter. Use of armless chairs, small sectional sofas and furniture that matches the room size will help. Take care not to overdo this and cause a clutter.
- Choose multipurpose furniture.
Use furniture like ottomans, sectional sofas and long centre tables with storage. Let the seating, the side tables and the even sectional have storage spaces for your knick knacks and for hiding the things that lie haphazardly in the room.
- Open storage shelves
Incorporate lots of built-in storage spaces in lighter colours. These storage spaces not only enhance the appeal of the room but give it a sort of roominess with its open display of artefacts and books in various shapes and sizes.
- Harmonize with large pieces
If at all you have to retain larger furniture make sure the eye does not stick to it. If there is a large sectional sofa then harmonize it by painting the wall in lighter shade of the sofa colour and use some accents on the wall to offset the plainness.
- Take control of clutter
There may be so many objects which you need in a room be it a living room or a family room. These things can be stored in the room using some end baskets, the centre table with lower storage or book shelves with closed cabinets in-between. In this way you open up spaces and at the same time you control the clutter by stashing off everday things.
- Layer your lighting
What adds the roominess and appeal of the room is definitely the lighting. Try to layer your lighting. First of all have natural light streaming into the room through lighter windows or larger bay windows. Use drapes on these windows that can be pulled back to light up the room. At night when natural light is absent use ceiling lights that can be dimmed, to light up darker corners use floor lamps and scones on the walls. The lighting can include table lamps strategically placed to give the room a well lighted and larger appearance.
The interior decorating ideas given above is not specific to small rooms but can be easily adapted for rooms of any size and still go to enhance the qualities of the room.