Monday, August 27, 2018
By  Marilyn Golden


The living room is often the centerpiece of our homes. We love experimenting with different designs and arrangements that help make our living rooms pop. In this article, our agents are sharing their best ideas on decorating your living for maximum effect.

1. Mix Light And Dark

When it comes to your living room, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Having an all-white, bright room can make your living room seem unapproachable and too “clean”. On the other end of the spectrum, having too many dark colors can make your room feel like a depressing cave. Being intentional to mix the two helps to create a balanced and dynamic aesthetic.

2. Play With Texture

It’s easy to overlook texture when you are redecorating a room because it’s often not “seen” as much as “felt”. Use this to your advantage by adding a healthy amount of texture to your living room to make it “feel” more cozy and comfy. Some great textures to play around with include leather, cotton, wool, metal, stone, glass, and plants. When just starting out, a good way to experiment with texture is by including pillows. They are relatively inexpensive but really stand out in a room.

3. Work In Some Wood

It’s almost impossible to leave wood out of any conversation about textures because it’s one of the top materials for bringing a sense of warmth to a living room. There are a ton of ways to add-in some wood to your room, even if you’re on a budget! Try considering wall paneling, side tables, moveable stools, picture frames, sofa legs, and carved pieces of art.

4. Choose Practical Fabrics

Choosing the right upholstery for your living room is crucial to having both a good-looking and functional area. The fabrics you choose need to be comfortable and durable. In general, mid-tones are a great choice for fabrics because they hide soil and stains the best. While leather is a very durable material, it doesn’t handle scratches very well and may be a poor choice if you have animals in the house. A few other materials you may want to consider are denim and corduroy, which can both be inviting, yet durable.

5. Add A Dash of Color

While you can create a lovely space without having any vivid hues, adding a bit of color can really go a long way towards making it even more captivating. The key is to not go overboard with the different colors and overwhelm the room. Instead, try to be very intentional with the colors you include so that they pop. A good color to consider is a cheerful blue. It’s a hue that usually everyone can agree on and perfectly contrasts with warmer elements like wood and leather.

6. Try A Patterned Rug

A pattern is a powerful design tool. When used in your living room, it can infuse it with energy and help to minimize the signs of stains and wear. A patterned rug brings these elements to your flooring by adding a sense of warmth and setting a perfect anchor point for seating. Even if you already have carpeting, consider including a patterned rug specifically for your seating area. It will not only provide a good look, but will protect your actual carpet from any spills that may happen.