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.
A slightly larger living room will take kindly to old style Victorian ideas for decorating. You will get a feeling of opulence and richness, especially because of the generally mahogany colors of the furniture. Furnishings and drapes are generally quite heavy and require the use of lining and elaborate methods for pulling the curtains to let in light.
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Updating your window treatments will also go a long way towards improving the atmosphere. Choose drapes or curtains that compliment the design style you have chosen for the rest of your room. Using rich looking fabrics on the windows will add a feeling of luxury to your room, and help to bring all of your living room decorating ideas together.
Keep control of storage. If you accept that your living room will attract clutter then plan for it. Oak or pine cupboards and sideboards will give you the space to tidy up after the children have finished playing and allow the adults a tidier area to relax in when evening comes.
In today’s modern world, different people will have a wide range of different needs and this will of course influence their ideas on how a living room should be used. As with many things it is not always possible to accommodate every desire and compromises are generally needed. Here are design ideas to help you in your planning and to make the most of the space you have.