Make The Most Of Your Living Room Space

Following these interior design tips and guidelines, you can make your living room space seem larger, while still keeping it cozy and inviting.

For most of us, the living room is the most used room in the home. It's a place where family and guests can relax and visit with each other. If your living room space is limited, knowing the best way to take advantage of the space you have can seem like a challenge. However, by following some simple guidelines, you can make your living room space seem larger, while still keeping it cozy and inviting.

The first thing you want to do when deciding how to set up your living room is pick a focal point. A fireplace is a great focal point. If you don't have one, a piece of furniture, such as your sofa, will work just as well. If possible, avoid making a television a focal point. This will help discourage family and guests from just staring at the television.

Your goal should be to arrange your furniture around the focal point. You may want to consider making a drawing of your living room. In your drawing, make sure you add the obstacles, such as windows, doors, and cable outlets. Using a pencil, so you can erase, try drawing in your furniture until you find a set up that you like. You can also make cutouts of your furniture to arrange on the drawing of the room. Remember, you will want to avoid blocking windows and doors with furniture, when possible.

Once you have determined how you want your living room arranged, consider your light sources. Shadows can make a room appear smaller than they actually are. Try to avoid hanging dark curtains over your windows as this will restrict a natural light source. If you are limited on windows, there are many other lighting options available. Floor lamps are great because they can easily be moved anywhere you need them. If you have bookshelves, adding lights to the shelves will help keep them from appearing to take up a lot of room. Recessed lighting, lamps, and the like can brighten any room and make it appear larger.

Mirrors and glass are also great ways to make a living room look more spacious. Framed mirrors are great on walls, but if you have a mantel or shelf, consider leaning the mirror on it against the wall. Glass provides a see through appearance. A glass top end table or some strategically placed glass pieces can provide an illusion of space.

Avoid too many pieces of furniture, when possible. The idea is that not every section of wall should be covered by a piece of furniture. If possible, solid, light colored furniture is best for creating the look of a lot of space. Dark colors and loud patterns tend to make the piece appear larger than it is. Also, take this into consideration when determining wall color. Cream and buttery yellow paints are great for opening up the space.

Adding your own touches is also important in making your space special. You want your decorating style to represent what you like. Hanging artwork that you love will add spark to your living room. Area rugs are also a great way to bring a room together. Consider adding some greenery. Plants are a wonderful way to add life to your room. Whatever you decide, keep in mind that you want people to feel comfortable in the room. Whether you are planning to make big changes or small changes to your room, following some guidelines and coming up with a good plan will help ensure your living room turns out to be the beautiful and inviting space you want it to be.

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