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10 Tips to Help You Achieve A Stunning Living Room

Here's how you can get the beautiful living space you deserve

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Photography: Vincent Coscolluela (Main Photo)

One of the most fun parts of the home to decorate is the living room, but it can also be challenging. This room receives plenty of traffic and is the site of different kinds of activities, so it is only fitting that you take the time to turn it into a truly lovely space to be in. Here are 10 things you should take into consideration to help you achieve that gorgeous look.


1. Be creative with seating

The living room is normally used for receiving guests, but it wouldn’t be ideal to fill that area with only a massive sofa, especially if you don’t have a very big space. Don’t let yourself be limited to more traditional seating options; go for more creative pieces like stools, ottomans, and poufs, which you can also use to hold a tray or for extra storage.

2. Stick to a color scheme

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One of the simplest ways to tie a room together is by using a palette of colors that complement one another well. A consistent color scheme will help you get the right pieces for your space. The colors you use can depend on your preference, or on the vibe you want that room to achieve. “One of the most inexpensive ways to change the look of a room is to use color,” interior designer Leo Almeria says. “If you don’t want to paint all the walls, you can have an accent wall, which becomes the room’s focal point.”


3. Use different textures

Aside from using cute colors, another way to add oomph to your room is by making use of a variety of textures. Don’t be afraid to mix and match; sticking to only a uniform style can soon become dated or even boring. “If you lean towards one style all the time, it can be monotonous,” design consultant Carlo Tanseco says. “Go to the opposite end of the spectrum; always have a foil. Try to achieve a balance by using contrast.”

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4. Have fun with your décor

Whether you’re an art love, a bookworm, a pet parent, or a collector, your favorite items can make for great decorative pieces for your living room, as they are a fun way to inject your personality into the space.


5. Invest in great lighting pieces

Many of us may assume that lighting is not a very important element of a space, but it actually is. Aside from literally illuminating and beautifying a space, lighting can also help build the atmosphere in a room. As interior designer Paula de Guzman shares, “Lighting design isn’t all about picking the most beautiful picture, but it’s more about what it does to a given space.”

6. Let the nature in

If you’re lucky enough to have plenty of large windows in your living room, make the most of this by letting your space be suffused by natural light. Another way to let nature into your home is by getting some a plant (or a few) to breathe some life into your space. “Their presence brightens and softens up the space dahil organic ang shapes ng mga halaman,” architect and designer Allen Oblena says.

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7. Get the right-sized rug

The right rug can make or break a room. This piece can serve as an anchor for your space, the foundation that you can hold onto when you begin to hunt for pieces to put in the room. However, you have to make sure to get the right size of rug, so that it’s just right for the room. The key to getting this step right is by measuring the room.

8. Choose the right window treatments

Another accessory that will truly do wonders for a living room is window treatments. Whether you prefer curtains, drapes, blinds, or something else, make sure to pick the type that will help achieve the overall look you’re going for.


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9. Consider how the room will be used

When it comes to decorating a space, it’s important to take into consideration what kinds of activities you intend to do there. For example, if you’re the type who enjoys hosting get-togethers in your home, invest in pieces that can serve as both seating and storage. If you regularly play with your pets indoors, pick pieces made of materials that won’t easily attract animal hair.

10. Plan your space layout well

To really make the most of the space you have, it’s important to be smart about how you arrange the pieces you have. Since the living room is commonly used to spend time with a lot of people, be mindful of how you can set up your furniture in a way that will allow everyone to be able to converse comfortably, or see the TV well. Architect Alice Erfe says, “Determine the traffic of activity in the room. What is the best way to rearrange the furniture so that they do not become obstacles?”

Source: The Everygirl

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