Interior Design Principles When Styling Your Living Room

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Styling your living room isn’t always straightforward, especially if you’re a first-time homeowner or renter. After all, aside from the requisite sofa and TV, living rooms represent near-limitless opportunities to enhance your life and define who you are. However, while the possibilities of living rooms may be endless, it’s easy to overdo things and end up cluttered.

Thankfully, by following a few key design principles, you can gradually evolve even a modest living room into a space that is eminently functional and stylish at the same time. Let’s look at some ideas that will leave your living room better than ever:

1. Define Your Living Room’s Purpose

Before buying furniture and decor, consider how you intend to use your living room. If you’re starting to live independently, chances are your living room will have to serve more than one purpose.  For instance, aside from being a place to relax and watch TV, it could also be a home office or shared with a small dining area. Whatever the case may be, defining the purpose of the space will ensure focused design decisions right from the outset.

2. Create a Focal Point

Whatever purposes your living room will serve, ensure a definite focal point draws the eye and sets the tone for the space. This could be anything that makes a statement, such as a unique piece of furniture, a striking gallery wall filled with fantastic art prints, or even a wall with a large TV. Whatever you want the focal point to be, consider investing in it because, as a centrepiece, it will anchor the look and feel of your room.

3. Emphasise both Style and Comfort

A living room should be a place that you wouldn’t mind hanging out or even taking a nap in on occasion. After all, “living” is right there in the name. Knowing this, you should aim only to include comfortable and aesthetically pleasing furniture. If you expect to host guests often, you must ensure enough seats are available. Be deliberate about the furniture you use since you may spend much of your free time in this space.

4. Plan for Maintenance and Cleanup

Dirt and clutter can greatly diminish any value you would have from a stylish living room. For that reason, you’ll want to plan your furniture and decor acquisitions so that your living room is easy to clean.

Invest in closed storage solutions to avoid visual clutter and keep your possessions out of sight. Then, sell off or give away things you no longer use and choose furniture that will make it easy to maintain a clean and serene environment.

5. Incorporate Multi-functional Furniture

If you have limited space, choosing multi-functional furniture is a smart choice. Popular multipurpose pieces include sofa beds, storage ottomans, and coffee tables with hidden compartments. If you can spare the budget, you can talk to a custom furniture maker to get bespoke pieces that match your multifaceted needs for a tee.

6. Pay Attention to Lighting

Lighting is an underrated aspect of interior design that greatly impacts any room. By default, warm ambient lighting is the typical choice for living rooms because of its relaxing qualities. However, if the living room is a multipurpose space, you may want to consider some options for white task lighting, especially if you’ll be working in it sometimes. Consider installing a selection of different lighting options so you can more easily fine-tune the mood and function of your living space.

7. Keep Things Visually Balanced

Visual balance remains essential for creating a harmonious living room, whether you prefer a trendy maximalist style or a more minimalist approach. Balance can be symmetrical, where elements on either side of the room mirror each other, or asymmetrical, where different elements have equal visual weight. Again, be very deliberate about your furniture and decor choices so that they contribute positively to the room’s overall balance.

8. Use Colour Wisely

If you can choose a colour palette, pick a scheme that reflects your style and creates the atmosphere you want in your room. For instance, a living room that is a relaxing space should do well with neutral or earthy tones. Incorporate bolder colours for a more vibrant and energetic room that is suitable as a working space.

The good thing is you don’t always need to repaint a room if you want to push the colour palette in a specific direction. Instead, You can achieve the colour palette through your focal furniture pieces and accessories like cushions, rugs, and art prints.

9. Keep it Personal

Personal touches—including so-called ‘design mistakes’—make a living room feel like home. At the end of it all, this is what matters most for a living room. Feel free to adorn your space with items that reflect your interests and personality, such as art prints, photographs, or travel souvenirs. Alternatively, you can consider displaying deeply personal accessories like musical instruments and books to add unique character and warmth to your living space.

Make Your Living Room Your Sanctuary

Designing a great living room is less about buying the perfect sofa and more about knowing what you truly value in your life. This won’t always be easy, but it’s a necessary part of creating a living space that is functional, livable, and true to who you are. With some thought, you can transform your living room or any other space in your home into an honest reflection of your unique personality.

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