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5 Must-Read Guidelines For Styling Your Living Area

It's more than just adding accent pillows and drapes!

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Have you ever been in a situation where you've read all the design magazines, bookmarked every website, exchanged tips and tricks with friends and scoured every retail store in your neighborhood but somehow you still can't get your living space decor to look perfect?

No need to worry, you're not alone. Whether you are dressing up a new home or revamping a well-loved haven, styling  your entertainment area can be daunting. To help you take the first step into the world of decorating, we've rounded up five basic tips that can guide you through the entire process. Check them out below: 

1. Invest in good lighting. 

We've said this a hundred times before—lighting is key when styling a space. No matter how beautiful your decor is, family and friends won't be able to appreciate it if your home is as dark as a dungeon. Light up the room as much as possible with a combination of overhead lighting and lamps to ensure it feels bright and airy. 

2. Don't scrimp on accessories. 

While it is very important to spend a chunk of your decorating budget on high-quality furniture, that doesn't mean you have to settle for mediocre accessories. Decor knickknacks are the way to inject fun and personality in your home; make sure you choose pieces that reflect your personality and will last you a lifetime. 

3. Take your lifestyle into account. 

Do you have kids who stain surfaces often? Stay away from fabric pieces. Sharing space with a few furry friends? Better avoid suede at all costs. Always consider the kind of traffic you have at home and keep this in mind when you're shopping for home must-haves. 

4. Create a cohesive color scheme. 

If you aren't going for a maximalist feel, sticking to a cohesive color palette may be a good idea. Not only is it going to pull the look together, it will also give the impression that your display is well-thought-out as you are not distracted by different hues. 

RL Tip: If you are only starting out, going with neutrals may be a good idea to create a base for any decor style you would like to try out. 

5. Don't forget to add a touch of green.

You can never go wrong with adding indoor plants into your main living space. Feel free to beautify your spaces using anything from succulents to terrariums, sweet-smelling herbs, and fresh blooms. 

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