Colour schemes. When choosing furniture make sure you consider what colours go with the colour palette currently in the room. Depending on the decor and colour of the walls and floors, you need to purchase complimenting furniture. Different wood furniture together can look odd so be mindful of colours that work well and colours that will clash with your existing colour theme.
Clear Circulation Space. In any home plan whether it is an apartment block or an independent bungalow a person either enters an ”entrance lobby” or directly in the living room (if space is an issue). From this living room entrances open to all other spaces namely kitchen, bedrooms, staircases if any, patios, study rooms, family rooms etc.
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Determine your design style. Look through home decorating magazines and see what you like. You may have thought that you were a country gal, but find yourself drawn to the clean lines of a modern design. Even if you like both styles, you can mix them to create a style that is your own. You can choose country items that have a more modern edge, and modern design pieces with country flair. This way you can achieve a look that you love without settling on one style.
One of the most important steps to designing your space is deciding on a color palette. Color has the power to shape your mood, so it’s important that you choose a palette that’s in line with the way you want people to feel when they enter the space. If you want the room to exude serenity and calm, then some cool neutrals are your best bet. If you want more energy in your living room, then you can go with some bold or bright colors. The rest of your design ideas will revolve around your color palette, so choose wisely.
Visual Balance. Create a good visual balance between the used and unused spaces. By used space I mean the floor that has been occupied by the furniture pieces. It is not necessary to fill every corner of the living room.’