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Decorating Ideas for Living Rooms

13 Jan

Decorating Ideas for Living Rooms


The first thing that most people see when they enter your home is generally your living room, so would you like some decorating ideas for living rooms? Home decoration is all about your personality and your style and often says a lot about who you are. Let’s have a look at the four areas you really have to look at when decorating this room:

1) Lighting
2) Color Schemes
3) General Decor & Style
4) Choice of Furniture

So when you are thinking about some ways to make your living room a bit more like you, think first about the living room lighting. Lighting in any room often sets the tone and this especially true when it comes to your living room.

If you spend a lot of your free time in your living room then chances are you will want it to be a relaxing environment. Go for some soft and subtle lightening versus the bright lights that you may need in your kitchen or home office. The soft lighting will help to promote a feeling of peace and relaxation and will of course make the room much more inviting. Speaking of an inviting room, what are the living room color schemes? This is where your personality can really shine, go crazy with your ideas and make your living room a place where you will always want to be in. Bright colors often give off the inviting feel where warm and dark colors can transform your living room into a more romantic and cozy environment. The choice is really yours of course, just think about what you want your living room to say about you. Mix colors and lighting in a way that compliment each other. A candle chandelier, for example, would go well with elegant tones or hues (shades of just the one color, like taupe, can do wonders in your room); while spotlights in the right places can match different color themes, from minimalist interior design to bright and vibrant tones.

When it comes to the living room decor, this is where you can also have a lot of fun. You can go with the traditional decor or maybe choose a more minimalist interior design like for instance the Feng Shui home decorating style. Whatever you choose just make sure that your living room has a personality that matches your individual style; giving identity to your rooms.

There are many different couches and chairs that come with covers as well, these covers can be purchased in variety of colors. If you can’t decide you can always change the covers until you get the perfect look. You could even change up the colors all the time, to match your ever changing moods. A living room is a place where you get to unwind from your hectic day, so shouldn’t it be a place where you can just feel your stress melt away? As you can tell there are many directions you can go when it comes to decorating ideas for living rooms, just have fun and be creative.

Decorating Ideas for Living Rooms

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The Importance of Living Room Lighting

7 Jul

The Importance of Living Room Lighting

If you are looking at living room lighting to enhance your home decoration there are many types to consider. For instance; do you want recessed lights or overhead ceiling lights, or perhaps wall fixtures will be what you need to compliment your living arrangements. You probably want to combine different types of lighting to make the most of your living area but knowing what to select can be difficult and time consuming. Do look in magazines and on line for ideas and ask friends for advice. HGTV have some very good ideas to inspire you and are certainly worth investigating for family room lighting ideas before you spend your hard earned cash.

Living room lighting ideas will depend very much on the interior design you have in mind for your room. The many uses of the room will impact any decisions you may have to make, you may have a dining area that will require a different aspect than the area in which you relax and watch TV.

As the modern home is so often open plan, the need for living room lighting designs has really come into its own. Look at the crystal candelabra, for example. It can be really extravagant and add that extra touch to your room. Each type of room has its own characteristics. The loft conversion with high ceilings and great swathes of space will need a totally different approach from a traditional Victorian home, or an ultra modern apartment. But it is always down to personal taste.

For contemporary designs that you can search by price; to ensure you do not exceed the budget and get good discount lighting and accessories try Lowes who also offer tips on installing lighting in your home.

Defining separate areas can be effectively achieved not only by  the use of particular accessories like area rugs, screens, plants and devices like partitions, but also by appropriate lighting coupled with color and furniture.

It is a good idea to take the time to examine the characteristics of different lighting types:

Ambient Lighting

An ambient lighting source bathes a room with a glow. A dimmer switch may be all you need to create this atmosphere, or a paper lantern. Wall sconce living room light fixtures can also provide excellent ambient lighting that flatten an interior and create minimal shadow. Fluorescent and incandescent lights use much less energy and give off considerably less heat then standards lights, so are they are cool in more ways than one and good for illuminating house plants whilst helping the environment.

Accent Lighting

Lighting that adds interest to an area or highlights features is accent lighting Halogen spotlights and track lighting are ideas to consider or opaque shades on table lamps can give you the desired effect. Ikea has some excellent examples including recessed lighting which can be an excellent way to create a wall of light to separate or define an area.

Task Lighting

Task lighting is used to perform daily activities such as reading. Living room lights will need to have aspects of task lighting particularly important if you intend to read or knit in your living room area. If you have children it is a must for them to complete homework assignments or read story books. Safety and health must always be a design priority when selecting light decoration for your home.

Natural lighting

Natural light actually moves and is often referred to as kinetic light. As a candle flickers, the sun moves so natural light depends on many things like the seasons or the time of day. Living room color schemes are a very important aspect of decorating, but consider decorative mirrors to reflect light and bounce color, rather than using too much bright color in your room. Well placed mirrors can double the impact of a feature wall as well as bouncing natural living room light around the room. Pottery barn have a good selection of living room decor including a great range of lighting from chandeliers to occasional lamps.

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Living Room Decor

11 Jan


The living room is the room in the house in which we spend most of our time, and so the our living room decor should really be considered as much as possible in order to make it as comfortable and welcoming as we can. We ought to consider many important factors when it comes to decorating our room: range of tonal ranges we would like to add, styles that identifies us the most, type of furniture that best suits our lifestyle and finally adequate lighting.

Comfort and Style

It seems that the choice of furniture for the living room is limited to sofas or armchairs, but the truth is that today there are many different options and we can customize the room to many different tastes and at the same time give it character. If the room is spacious, the best thing would be to create an enclosed space in which people can feel really comfortable. There are many types of distribution of the furniture, but the one in the shape of a U will be perfect to create the feeling of welcoming and gathering together.

If you are looking for living room decorating ideas think always of the right accessories to add. Follow closely any color schemes you might have chosen for the area and adorn accordingly. This room is one of the busiest in the house and we need to be practical when thinking of furniture and other elements. You should always consider good storage in order to create more space and thus allow for the place to always look neat and tidy. Many living rooms – especially the older ones – might have libraries with lots of books in them; maybe this is the time to start thinking of re-decorating the room and adding shelves to create a more modern living space.

Multipurpose

Due to today’s smaller type of houses (at it is the case with bungalows and apartments), many homes share the living room with other living areas; this is not only because of lack of space but also to do with new trends and the desire to live in open and airy spaces. The home office, the dining room, reading room, etc might all be contained within one big space together with the living room. In a way, this poses a greater difficulty for distributing the space accordingly in order to achieve harmony and balance. We could put together different styles into one, by opting to leave the space open and wide, or, on the contrary, by using decorative architectural elements or other resources.

Resources

Indeed, we have access to many different resources in order to add independence to two or more different rooms that “live” together within the same space. Sliding doors, for example, are an idea choice for separating the environments and so they allow us to enjoy an open space when desired, while at the same time and once shut, spaces have been given “independence”.

An arch or particular type of entrance is enough to visually separate two different environments that live within the same given space. If your living room is rather a large one, you can create the effect of a gap between the environments by having two different heights defined by wooden floors. This will add great visual depth to the room. Columns and pillars will allow us to frame different areas and even the furniture offers many possibilities: from the simplicity of using a sofa to define areas to achieving different styles within the different environments gathered in the living room; decorating each one of them with different styles can look great if you think of an overall scheme that works.

Always think of your living room decoration when it comes to the smaller elements like mirrors, frames, paintings, lamp shades, cushions, etc. Remember that they should match accordingly; it will be really difficult for you to fail with any type of home decoration if everything follows the desired color scheme and style and you keep mantaining consistency. Try to stay away from too much contrast in order to be “safe” and think what sort of “feeling” you want your room to have: warm? modern? minimalist? stylish? contemporary? Your living room decor could look spectacular with a few simple ideas like arrangement of the furniture and corners that you bring to life.

Living Room Color Schemes: Bring it to Life!

11 Jan


Color is such a useful and effective tool when it comes any type of home decoration, and if you are thinking or revamping any room in your house with the aid of colors, you should start working around with your living room color schemes and think of adding warmth, vitality, harmony, relaxation and even many optical effects that can help us enhance the natural light of your room.

Take your time to check out what needs to be done: space, furniture distribution and other accessories should be key to decide the color scheme that we want to use depending on our personal tastes and what we want to achieve. Home decoration is NOT an exact science and the order of how and why we do things can be altered many times due to different circumstances. An armchair or sofa that we fell in love with in a magazine can really destroy our color scheme plans and force us to study a different range of colors that will coordinate with the initial piece. Whatever the case, it should be clear that it is extremely important to coordinate the colors of the furniture with the colors of the walls, textures and other accessories.

Choosing your Color Schemes

When you are thinking of color schemes for living rooms or in fact any room in the house you should stick with certain basic rules. The experts when it comes to decoration recommend avoiding more than two or three colors in one given scheme in order to achieve a pleasant and relaxing feel. The choice of color is a very personal decision, not everybody reacts the same when it comes to certain tones of yellow or red, which for many can be a stimulating and lively color, but aggressive and not welcoming to others. So, the only possible advice that can be given without failure is to choose a range which you really feel comfortable with. If you are not really sure of the color palette or scheme you want, try cutting out photographs and pictures from magazines, postcards, add bits of clothing, pins, the material any color you can think of that looks “good and pleasant in your head”. Pin it up against the walls and leave for a few days. See how you feel afterwards, if you start to unlike it then that is not the color scheme you want to go for. If you can live with your designed board for more than a week, you can live with it for a very long time.

The Perfect Living Room Color Scheme?

Depending on your chosen tonal ranges we can really speak about three color schemes. Tonal pattern is the first one: a pattern that is made of two or three shades of just the one color (for example: white, off white and egg white). This option is perfect for those who want to achieve a serene environment, but its apparent simplicity might be a little bit deceptive. In fact, it is not easy to create a tonal scheme that dynamically displays an interesting look. Another possibility would be to combine colors that are close to the color wheel, such as terracotta, brown and orange; or blue and purple. This would be the harmonic scheme, and it will add a relaxing atmosphere to your living room. Finally, we can opt for creating a scheme that is based in contrasting colors (opposite colors) like orange and blue or red and green. This is a risky one, but it also enables you create very dynamic and challenging environments.

Color Ranges

Colors can be grouped into two main groups; warms and colds. Oranges, earthy tones, yellows and reds belong to the warm tonal ranges, while blue, green or gray are considered cool colors. To ensure a harmonious result it is ideal to combine same of each tonal range (cools with cools; warms with warms). In the above mentioned scheme with contrasting colors we could use the opposite type of tonal range to highlight elements in the room such as walls, the fireplace or pillars.

As you can see, there are many living room color schemes options for you to choose from: find the feel you want to add to the room start creating a pin up board with your favorite colors, materials and photographs.

Also, check out bathroom color schemes.

Lovely Living Room Color Schemes

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