The Beginner’s Guide to Decorating Living Rooms


If you’re one of many people who think that they just don’t know how to decorate the interior of their home, we have some good news for you: you can, by following our beginner’s guide. There’s simply no need to call the interior design specialists for things like embellishing your living room. Although it can be an overwhelming task at times, we still strongly believe that you can do it on your own, with just a little bit of planning and basic knowledge about decorating. 

Realizing that this is not exactly rocket science can give you the much-needed confidence to try and make your living room look and feel special to you. It can also be a pretty fun project that you’re going to be proud of later.

Take Care of the Aesthetic Appeal of Your Living Room

Once you’ve taken care of the furniture and the area rug, it’s time to make sure that the overall aesthetic appeal of your living room is satisfactory. This is something that takes time to accomplish, and you shouldn’t be in a rush here. You want to carefully choose all the pieces that are going to make your living room feel comfortable and homey.

Hanging pictures, paintings and other art on the wall can wait, but there are some things that can instantly make your living room look more attractive. For instance, this Marlow & Finch product is something that can be considered to be technically very effective, aside from the fact that it’s also decorative. Things like these are essential to include in the early stages of your living room decoration since they’re both ornamental and extremely useful. 

Pick the Right Furniture

This is probably the first thing you want to do – pick the furniture of your liking. What people struggle with the most when it comes to deciding which furniture to buy is their lack of knowledge of how to arrange it. 

If you’re facing this particular problem, we strongly advise you to make a good plan in advance. This includes knowing all the measurements and the exact size of both the space and the furniture. This can help you tremendously with finding the focal point of your room. Once you do that, you’ll have a much easier time arranging everything else around your living room furniture.

Rug Really Ties the Room Together

A word to the wise: rug really ties the room together. This movie quote that has become an instant classic actually tells the truth about area rugs. But finding the perfect spot for the rug and getting it to fit in with the rest of the surroundings is much easier said than done.

The first thing you want to know is how to choose the right size – you don’t want it to be either too large nor too small. A good tip to have in mind here is that the furniture should be sitting on top of the rug.

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Make Sure the Lighting Is Right

While we’re on the subject of usefulness, it’s also important to make sure the lighting is right in your living room. So much depends on this, and you should be aware that this is a rather complex element of any room in your house, not just your living room.

Even though the lighting in your living room is probably not as important as it is in your kitchen, we still recommend you to include all three main types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent. You should also consider installing overhead chandeliers and table/floor lamps that are going to match the rest of your living room ambiance.

Paint the Living Room In Some Nice Colors That You Like Personally

As we’ve already mentioned, it’s all about adding personal touches to your living room. That’s why it’s crucial that you pick the right colors and paint your main living area in tones and shades that you personally like the best.

Fortunately, painting is not too difficult (or too expensive), so you can afford to experiment a bit here. It’s advised that you choose your more expensive pieces first and then pick the wall paint color accordingly. Don’t go the other way around, as one of the more common living room decoration problems stems from the fact that the house owner decided to paint the room first, and then add the rest of the things afterward.

Final Word

Our beginner’s guide to decorating your living room consists of simple tips that anyone can follow. This means that even if you lack the knowledge and/or confidence to pull off something like decorating your living area, we’re here to encourage you to be bold. Just make sure to include these essential features, and you won’t and can’t make many mistakes. 

Remember that it’s also fine to not get all the things right from the very beginning. You’ll have a lot of time to get better since the art of decorating is all about experience and willingness to learn.


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