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10 Design tips for your  living room

Your living room is often the center of entertaining in your house. These days, it wears many hats: as a family room, as a quasi-office, and many more. Whether it is a house for rent in melaka, or an apartment in the middle of the city, the living room is often the biggest space in the house, and the most often used.

1. Play around with color

The color palette you choose could profit you. Well, maybe not profit, but set the mood. Colors can energize or relax, which is dependent on how intense or mild and how warm or cool the hues are. Some soft and cooler colors are linked with feelings of calm and comfort, while other stronger and warmer hues can bring in the feelings of wealth and energy. For example, decorate your living room in a serene scheme of soft blue and white tones, but mix in a rug or carpet in a warmer darker tone to keep it balanced. Play around with a mixture of complimentary colors, both warm and cool, to set forth a gracious setting for your elegant gatherings.

2. Finish the walls and ceilings

The living room is traditionally the most formal room in the house. It is where guests are usually received. Thus, living room walls usually are more elaborate and formal in treatment compared to other spaces in the house. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can use treatments to give your living room a welcoming, lived-in feel. If you are working with the bare bones of the room, try adding crown molding, or even wallcoverings to bring warmth and texture to your space. Consider wallpapering the walls with a beautiful chinoiserie print, which will impart your living room a look of antiquity. Whatever the finishing and treatments you give your living room walls, do be sure to choose something that expresses your personality.

3. Add character with architectural trimwork

Although trimwork usually serves practical purposes (they cover the seams where floors and ceilings meet walls and support the structure around openings), they can be aesthetic purposes as well. These elements can change up the character of your living room, giving your space a distinctive look that separates it from the four-walled white box look of standard houses. Trimwork can lend a distinct architectural feel to you room, whether you are going for classical, contemporary, traditional, old-world or a modern style. Consider adding some paneling to the lower half of your walls to balance out the crown molding near the ceiling, or even projecting lintels over doors and windows. Not only do these architectural trimwork give your room depth and character, it also imparts a sense of place.

4. Choose stylish but comfortable flooring

The type of flooring you can choose for your living room can make or break the comfort of your space. Choose a floor covering that not only provides comfort underfoot but also makes a design statement as well. Get adventurous with by choosing wall-to-wall carpeting in a vibrant hue that complements your décor aesthetic. Or go for solid neutral flooring if you feel less bold. Hardwood floors with area rugs are one of the most traditional design and décor styles. However, you can consider also flooring of ceramic tiles, stone tiles, or even linoleum

5. Create a focal point

Establish a focal point in your living room where your eyes first land upon to anchor it and draw it into the space. Consider using a natural focal point, such as a mantle or big window with a view. You can also create a focal point with a window with a stunning view, an accent wall or an interesting piece of artwork.

6. Arrange your furniture to facilitate conversation

The living room is a gathering space, a place where family and guests congregate. So, arrange your furniture to promote conversation and interaction. Put your seating pieces facing towards a central space in the room. Arrange sofas so that they face each other. If you have a larger living room, you can break up the room into smaller spaces. Break up the space with your furniture arrangement for a more comfortable and intimate atmosphere. Here’s a good tip: incorporate ottomans and armchairs into your living room. These pieces can be moved easily as needed to allow you to expand the circle of conversation, but still keep the intimacy.

7. Plan for inviting lighting

Use lighting well to complement your décor. Your lighting should gear your lighting choices towards creating a warm and relaxing mood. Play around with multiple layers of light in order to up the ambience. Make sure your living room is well illuminated and the lighting is distributed well throughout the space. Supplement the permanent overhead lighting with some table or floor lamps. These overlapping arcs of light illuminate your seating, bring the focus to seating spots and send the message to sit.

8. Dress up the windows – or not

Nothing is more boring than a bare window. Living rooms are spaces where you can get away with elaboration and luxury, if you are so inclined. Consider adding heavier window treatments – think floor-to-ceiling draperies – in a bold warm hue to add class and elegance to your living room. Be generous in your use of fabric in the draperies. This doesn’t mean they have to be fancy-schmancy. Thick folds and puddling ends give just the right amount of luxury while also blocking light and providing privacy. If austerity is more up your alley, go for see-through linen curtains to give your living room some easy breezy effortlessness.

9. Incorporate a media center

In this day and age of diminishing formality, the living room is also starting to function as a family room. If that is the case, your TV may be taking center stage in your living room. Instead of allowing it to stick out like a sore thumb, try building a media center that is incorporated into the room’s design to tone down its dominance. For example, think of a built-in bookcase to accommodate your media tech. This affords you a streamlined look and a living room where the new and old are harmoniously balanced.

10. Accessorize with accents

Don’t leave your living room walls bare. This is the biggest mistake homeowners make. Make your living room walls come alive with some interesting artwork. Proudly display your art collection throughout your space. You can even group items to increase their impact and hang them at standing eye level so that they are more attractive to the eye. For example, you can group art prints that are similar together, or even create a picture wall.