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Living room design: tips and advices

26 June 2016 |

First premise that meets your guests when they come to your house is a living room. Here you gather your friends, have fun with them, have snacks while watching TV, etc. So, the design of a living room specifies the whole house atmosphere.

As we spend much time in our living rooms, it is very important to provide physical and visual comfort. This doesn’t mean that you’d sacrifice style for comfort. For instance, you can fit it out with beautiful and functional furniture or use different floor covers to embellish the space and at the same time provide comfort and functionality.

Another important aspect you’d consider designing your living room is its durability. As this premise is used often and actively, buy high-quality furniture and floor covers that will live long without much maintenance. Choose textile pleasant to the touch that will preserve appearance and functionality for long. We recommend using shades that are easy to combine with other colors to create various palettes for each season.

It doesn’t matter how you use this space and how many times a year you change its decor, our selection provides you with useful ideas for a living room design to be inspired.

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Central element

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Create some central element in your living room that will catch the eye. Without this element your living room will look like chaotic blend of decorative styles struggling for attention.

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This element can be plants, pictures or gorgeous fireplace. Even furniture can be a central element of your living room. Classic interiors often feature couches or armchairs that stand along the walls leaving an empty space at the centre of the premise. Instead of it, you can arrange items for sitting at the centre creating a stylish and cozy space for communication. Don’t be afraid of angles and diagonals when arranging furniture, as unusual placement can perfectly change a living room design.

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A small living room design

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Enlarge a useful living space with the help of minimalist design and smart decor and furnishing that make small premises visually and perceptibly bigger. When it comes to a small living room design, the main thing you should remember is the fewer the better. This concerns both the walls color selection and furniture. Too large furniture or too bright color of the walls will make a small room even smaller.

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Try to make a living room as bright and spacious as you can. Use small elegant furniture items, neutral colors, more natural light and mirrors. For instance, wicker or Victorian furniture immediately opens a small room. Light blue and yellow shades also visually widen the space and the lack of excessive amount of items on the surfaces and shelves will help to create truly inviting and tidy interior.

A living room decor

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To decorate your living room, use a set number of objects that reflect a single theme or a simple design that will be a background for the elements of decor in different styles. Start from the floor. If your living room is a part of a larger opened space, try to use different floor covers to mark out the zones. If it is small, such zoning will help to widen the space visually.

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In addition, you can change style and color palette of the floor covers to create different moods and atmosphere. Expressive geometric pattern will be a perfect addition to the modern design; the old lacquered parquette floor will emphasize the history of a house.

A living room paint ideas

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Painting is one of the simplest, quickest and cheapest ways of changing any living room design. It’s good to make one accent wall of bright color. If your living room lacks of a central element or you wish to emphasize the one that already exists, such accent wall may mark out a certain shade in the interior. In spacious rooms you can paint series of walls or their sections, but if your living room is small, paint only one wall and choose more neutral shade for other ones. If your decor is eclectic, better choose a shade common for all elements but it should be neutral to let these elements not to get lost against it.

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Textured walls are also great to change the atmosphere in your living room. You can use both physical and visual textures. In case of the visual texture you can apply different shades of one color by layers on the accent wall. As for the physical texture, it is made with the help of the makeshift materials – concrete etc.

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