Hands down living rooms are the most important room in the house and learning how to set up a living room will be a major key to success.
Besides binge-watching Netflix on the couch, the living room plays a significant role in our day to day lives such as welcoming guests, holding social events, and being a morale boost it can get very depressing looking at an unpleasant room.
It can be overwhelming designing your living room especially with all the different options you get to choose from but here are some cool tips and tricks to help you along the way.
Living room lighting ideas
Believe it or not, just adding a little more light to your living room can do wonders, there are three types of lightings you have to worry about when designing your home ambient, accent, and task lighting
Ambient light can be referred to as natural light, such as light coming from the outdoors or the sun peeking through the windows pretty much any light that was not added.
Accent light focuses on an area or object, you would use this lighting if you want to show off an art piece or artifact. Some commonly used accent lights are wall sconces, floodlights, and torchiere lamps
Task lighting is your assistant light, its a light used to make a certain task easier such as reading in the dark, and using the computer; it takes the tension out of your eyes. Some great examples of task light are reading lamps and desk lamps.
Rug size for a living room
Rugs can add so much flavor to your living room if used properly. When deciding on a rug here are a couple of things to keep in mind.
The most important thing is the size of the rug getting a small rug (varies depending on living room size) will make your whole living room design look and feel incomplete.
I know rugs can get very expensive depending on how big you want it but if you have a large living room and want a rug it will be in your best interest to invest in a nice large area rug or look on amazon for a cheap large rug, I’m pretty sure u can catch a deal.
Take time to measure the area you want to place your rug before purchasing it, always give your rug 2 feet of floor space around the rug perimeter and rest the two front legs of your furniture on the rug, however, if you’re going for a more modern look then that rule doesn’t apply to you.
When buying a rug be mindful of the fabric you pick, for a high traffic area DO NOT get a fluffy, plush, and silk rug it is extremely difficult to wash. The best rug fabric for high traffic area is wool, and flatweaves rug they are easier to clean.
Check the rug washing instruction especially if you have clumsy kids or spouse. I can recall the time my wife bought a nice white fur rug for our living room and I kid you not the next day she spilled strawberry smoothie all over our WHITE rug!
Preventing your rug from shifting can be very annoying every day my wife nags me about shifting her rug like where do u expect me to put my feet?
I’ve been looking online for anything to help with the shifting and a rug pad looks very promising and cheap. It protects the rug from shifting, and it reduces the friction between the rug and ground which will add more years to your rug use.
When arranging your furniture there are many factors you will have to consider, the size, layout of your living room, where the tv is located and where all the traffic flow normally happens.
Before moving your furniture around take a few steps back and analyze how your living room is set up then imagine throwing a social event and picture where you would like the socializing area to be, wheres the main flow of traffic, what areas are guess entering and exiting.
Does everyone have a place to sit? Is it cluttered? Is traffic a natural flow? If you answered yes to these questions then you are on the right path
Don’t be basic (sorry if I offended anyone) and push your sectional or sofa against the wall facing the Tv and slap a few chairs next to each other and call it a day
Yeah it may be simple and quick, but be creative and do things differently here are some ideas on how to set up your living room.
How do I choose art for my living room?
“a picture is worth a thousand words”
Adding art to your living room allows you to speak to your guests without saying a word. Art such as painting, sculptures, and artifacts tells you a lot about one’s personality.
Choosing an art piece that describes you can be difficult but don’t over complicate things. select one that u adore. If the painting has no emotional effect on you then that ain’t the one for you (kinda like choosing a partner) so take pride in choosing the right piece.
Don’t overkill your house with art just because. Just find a few that speak to you (not literally) and be subtle, yet purposeful.
No matter how much furniture you put in your home empty walls will forever make the house feel incomplete so try adding a few art pieces it doesn’t have to be expensive, you can find some very nice cheap art on amazon. Whatever you do don’t overkill your wall with art.
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Choosing A Color Scheme
choosing what color to go with can be difficult if you have no idea where to begin but once you have an understanding of what the different colors mean in interior design you will do just fine and find that perfect perfect color that speaks to you.
look around your living room for inspiration. Look for decor, rugs, and cloth you got laying around and pick colors from them to base your decision off of. You can even use the colors from your favorite outfit to get an idea. if all fails you can use the color wheel for ideas.
If you want to play it safe go with neutral colors, neutral colors are very warming and do just fine greeting your lovely guest, but understand this there are different types of neutrals, there’s warm and cool neutral, the warm neutral gets warmer as you add in colors like yellow, orange, and red (hint hint the sun). If you want to cool that neutral down add some green, and blue into the mix sounds easy, right?
A great rule to use when deciding on what color to use in your living room is the 60-30-10 rule.
What is 60-30-10 rule?
It’s a classic decor rule that helps create a color palette for space. It states that 60% of the room should be a dominant color, 30% should be the secondary color or texture and the last 10% should be an accent.
As stated the 60% should be the most prominent color so that color would be used on your walls, sofa, and rug, pretty much anything that takes up a majority of the room.
The 30% is our support color it’s supporting our main color so pick a nice color that will complement the main color it is very important u pick the right color since it will be a nice chunk of your living room.
The 10% is what you use to give your living room some flavor it gives u a chance to add personality to your room. Your pillows, accessories, and artwork make up that 10%. so get creative and have fun!!
Free home design apps
with technology taking over the world designing your home has become a breeze. no more trial and error you can make your mistakes with the numerous free apps and software 2019 has to offer. you can literally snap a picture of your living room or whatever room you want to design and start remodeling through the app, that is just amazing. many of these apps allow you to browse through furniture and decors and apply them to your home before buying them. Enough of me blah bling here’s a list of some nice free home design apps.