The living room is the most important room of the home. At least, it is for me. It’s where you entertain your guests and throw your parties. You most likely spend quite a bit of time there with your family. It is called the living room for a reason! We practically live there! So when it comes to decorating, I find that this room comes first. I want my living room to be comfortable, clean, fresh, and fun. That is my list of criteria. Your list of must-haves might be different, but probably not too far off… am I right? This living room above, featured on Design Files Daily, has a lot of my must-haves, and just looking at it makes me excited to change things up a bit!
Here are three factors that you want to focus on when you’re working to create the perfect living room:
1. The couch. It’s all about the couch! You want your couch to be the center of the room. Of course, we would like it to be comfortable, but we don’t want to sacrifice the overall aesthetic for comfort, do we? Find a couch that meets you halfway. It doesn’t have to feel as comfortable as your bed. It might not look absolutely perfect style-wise, either. Shoot for somewhere in the middle. A few sites you might want to check out are Room and Board, West Elm and yes, Ikea. Don’t hate on Ikea! For example, this lovely green couch is from Ikea. You love it, don’t you? These three stores have a good variety of styles, colors, and prices, as well as comfort levels. And if you are really up for a chase, you might want to try some second-hand and vintage shops — they truly have some treasures. I prefer a couch that has a great color to it, as well as a fantastic shape. I’m a sucker for the mid-century look! I would love to have a bright, light-colored couch. So long as it wasn’t so light that every single thing shows up on it. We definitely don’t want that!
2. The rug. This is probably just as important as the couch. The rug is your excuse to add some fun pops of color and pattern. Go crazy with it! This blue and white rug brings playful, fun color to the space, but it doesn’t make the room seem juvenile. I know there is a very thin line there, people. And it’s a line you don’t want to cross, but it is a line worth playing with! I love this rug from CB2. It’s fun and simple and has a great funky zig zag pattern that I won’t get tired of. Pick a pattern or a color you genuinely like, not just something that’s trending at the moment. Chances are, you might not like that trend in a year, and then you will be back to the drawing board.
3. The art. The last but most crucial element to your perfect living room is art. I think about this element a lot. On one hand, I love seeing living rooms where a wall is practically full of fun prints and paintings that all work well together. But on the other hand, I also love the idea of having just a few really great key pieces to help center your focus. Either way, there’s a lot of great options! But no matter which way you lean with your art choices, consider how they will look on your wall (i.e. wall color, crown molding, etc.) and also how the pieces will flow with the entire room. You want everything to coordinate well. It should appear as if the lamp was made for the rug, the rug was made for the couch, and the couch was made for the art. It can be tricky deciding what will look good on your walls. Before purchasing a larger painting or print, measure out how much space it will take up on your wall, and consider all of the colors and patterns involved. You will quickly discover whether you love it or hate it. And if paintings aren’t your thing, perhaps a neon sign might strike your fancy?
With these thre elements, you will have your dream living room in no time! Keep in mind, re-doing your living room is not for the faint of heart. It can take a lot of time to wade through all of the rugs, couches, and artwork until you find the perfect pieces for your family’s home. It can also cost you a pretty penny! Make sure that your budget remains of utmost importance so that the kids can still go to college!
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