It’s not wise to go overboard with your décor, no matter how tasteful your aesthetic sense happens to be. The trick is to keep your focus on perfecting a few areas of the living room, so that everything looks well put-together and conveys an essence of ‘you’.
Here are a few tips to go about it.
1. Create An Arresting Accent Area
Go out your door and walk back into your living area. Make a note of the space that first falls in your line of vision. This is the area of your living room that you need to accentuate and highlight. Use this space to showcase the theme of your décor, whether it’s a bold application of color that you give to a large wall, or decide to give it an exposed stone or brick look. The idea is to celebrate the space as a focal point of your living area.
2. Do Your ‘Window-Dressing’ Right
The curtains or blinds that you choose to use in your living room are crucial to its décor. Spend time and careful thought into planning them. As far as curtains go, reserve the darker, heavier drapes for the winter months and keep your summer drapes sheer, light and made of natural fibers. And don’t forget the ends of your curtain rods. There’s a wide variety of them available out there. You can experiment with roman, chic and automatic blinds as well. (No, they aren’t just meant for offices.) And last but not the least, keep plants next to your windows. Not only will it complete the look, your plants will thank you for all the light!
3. Invest In The Right Rugs
Getting your rug wrong is a cardinal décor sin and with just the wrong size or an off color, you can very effectively kill the entire look you’ve carefully tried to construct. Here are a few tips on getting your rug, just right. For starters, your rug needs to be large enough for all furniture legs to fit well inside it. And, it is a good idea to reserve large patterns and prints for large spaces and use small prints and subtle colors for smaller spaces. Also, remember, shaggy rugs aren’t meant for odd corners.