Living Room

7 rules to always follow when designing a living room

If the kitchen is the heart of a home, the living room is where the mind and fun is. It’s where you and your family lounge on the couch to watch a Disney film, where you entertain your friends, and where your furry friend gets to lay down and relax (since they can’t sleep on the bed!)

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Calm living room space

Photo by Stephen Di Donato

That said, it’s important that you set up a comfortable and appealing living room for your family and visitors. The kind where you and your guests feel warm and welcome. Here are 7 tips to make your living room as inviting as it looks:

Invest in quality furniture

This needs no further explanation at all; it’s pretty self-explanatory. When shopping for a couch or sofa, center table, console table, and the likes, invest in quality pieces.

A cheap sofa will likely wear out in a few years, urging you to buy a new one. While a reasonably expensive one that’s quality made can last you a good 5-10 years, if taken care of properly. Don’t settle for average furniture and appliances. Think about the long-term and splurge on quality furniture pieces. You’ll save up a lot more than you think you would purchasing the cheap ones.

Stick to a color palette

Not just that—stick to a color palette that is easy to decorate around with.  Sure there are a ton of colors you’d like to paint your walls with but do choose a few you’d still like 3- or 7 years down the road.

If you’re unsure whether you’d still like that powder blue hue on the wall, just look for furniture of the same color and paint your walls neutral. Neutral walls are easier to style with and it’s 99% guarantee that it makes the room look pull together (even at times it isn’t). If you’re going for neutral walls, you can go bold with your furniture and decor. However, if you prefer to splash your walls with vibrant shades, go neutral with your furniture pieces. Balance is key.

Bring the outdoor in

If you think your home is missing something: texture, color, or life, we have a solution for that—add a living thing—add plants inside your home!

You don’t have to commit fully to it. If you don’t think it doesn’t work, you can just move it around the house or bring it back outside. Houseplants, on the other hand, breathes life into a dead living space. If there’s something missing, try to bring a succulent in and have your space feel more alive.

Display your art

Another great way to bring life in a boring space is by showcasing your artworks or craft against the walls or as a centerpiece in your living area. Art brings color and personality in a living room. If you don’t have an artwork to hang up the wall, at least put up a limited number of family photos, your collectibles, and the likes up to give your space style and personality.

Decide on the focal point

Look for your living room’s natural focal point. It could be the fireplace or where your entertainment area is set up. Once you figured the focal point of the space, everything will fall easily into place.

A good trick to find out where the natural focal point is: once you step into your space, it’s the first thing your eyes directs you to. You don’t have to place all your furniture in there, just make the focal point somewhat the center of the living space.

Let the light in

One of the most important factors when arranging your home is looking where the natural light travels and considering that position when setting up all the furniture and knickknacks. Of course, you may also give some space to side table lamps, light fixtures, and other accent lightings. The important thing is, you give light to a space to make it more open and airy.

Carve your personality

Sure, that living room set up on the home magazine looks great and all; and you’ll likely embed that into your own home. However, a house is not a home without marking it with your own personality. It’s what makes your home different than others.

Mix and match patterns, textures; and play with colors. Put up your own art or a handmade craft you dearly cherish. Bring in an accent chair to give that pop of design and the likes. For a moment, forget the rules and just stamp your personality into your own home. Make it yours.

Any other tips you can give to our readers? Help another one out; leave your insight below!




Chie Suarez is a passionate writer for PAAL Kit Homes, a company that manufactures and supplies steel-framed kit homes that help Australian families build their dream home. Chie has a deep interest in home design and decoration.

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