What’s the best approach to creating a living room you’ll love and use? There are four key steps.
First, you need to decide how you will use the space. Are you all about formal entertaining and having a showcase for all your treasures? Or are you looking for a comfy hangout? Perhaps, like many of us, you’ll need something that will serve multiple uses -- media center, lounge, formal entertaining and more.
Once you decide the room’s primary purpose(s), the second step is to decide what the focal point of the space will be. If you love entertaining, perhaps gathering around the fireplace or a grand picture window is just what you’ll want. If a big screen is your idea of hearth and home, you will arrange your furniture to face a media cabinet or screen.
Third, pick some furniture! You can choose a color palette or pattern base, then start with the key pieces that are central to how you’ll use the room: a sofa, a coffee table, a media center. Or if you’re entertaining, go with lots of smaller seating that can get rearranged, plus cocktail tables so that you can keep your drink nearby. Be sure to measure your room and know how the furniture will fit into your room. The size of the furniture compared to the size of the room, scale, makes all the difference in how a room feels.
Fourth, it’s time to show your personality and make the room your own. Once you have the big items placed in your room, you can add the accessories. Rugs, lighting, pillows, throws, artwork, window coverings, plants -- let your style shine through. Your home is all about you.
Before you take the plunge, you may want some inspiration. Take a look at these sets that range from contemporary to classic, bright to subdued. See which ones come closest to expressing your personal home decor style!