When taking into account your wall coloring, you also need to consider your furniture, accessories and flooring. You should choose a color palette and stick to shades in that spectrum so that your room appears coordinated. In general, light and subtle shades are the best choices for a living space. Colors such as pale yellows and creams, browns, blues and greens are the most appropriate options.
Blue is a calming color which nevertheless gives a sense of energy to a room. Not often used in living room decor, it is a great choice for giving a refreshing feel and can be combined with white tones for an unusual but attractive look.
Green is a color that is known to have a relaxing effect on your mood. It also is a refreshing shade that makes a spectacular feature wall when used in combination with other contrasting colors.
Red is a magnificent color that, when used wisely, gives a beautiful look to a room. However, use too much red in your decorating and you will find it makes your mood irritable and restless.
Neutral decor is one of the most popular family room themes. This is because it is ideal for livening up with tones of other colors in accessories. Lavender greys and chestnut peaches are perfect for this classic look.
Aesthetic lighting is vital to the overall effect of your room. Fitting lights into a false ceiling is a great way to give ambient light to your space, while scattering decorative lamps around your room is a good way to improve the appearance. For an extra decorative touch, why not consider using candles and small lamps effectively in key places around your room for subtle light and atmospheric effect.
Make your windows a focus point by choosing designer blinds. Alternatively, select attractive high quality curtains that match or complement the room’s decor in silk, cotton, tissue or satin materials.
Before thinking about how to design your living room, you should take a full stock check of your existing furniture. Get rid of any pieces that are broken or damaged, and clear out anything that is hopelessly out of date. If any items look too big or too small in your space, this is the time to either remove them or use them in another part of the house. Once you have disposed of any pieces that no longer fit in your space, you should decide on which new furniture items you need to purchase. Begin with the largest items such as the sofa, entertainment centre and a large floor rug, as these will occupy the majority of space in your room. These major items are the focus points in your room and should be attractive and appealing as they will automatically draw the eye. Once these large items have been decided upon, you can think afterwards about adding in some smaller pieces to break up the space.