Living room decor

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think an area rug and artwork on the walls would go a long way to making this feel more put together.  Perhaps a fresh coat of paint (I like the blue-ish/grey-ish color on that one wall  — maybe doing that throughout?), too.

I’d also recommend a sheer curtain so you could keep your regular curtains open; it’ll make the space feel larger and more welcoming.  Right now it looks very closed off.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I’d probably start with a few area rugs to help define the spaces and would move the furniture away from the walls.  I’d also get a double curtain rod.  I think they dress up a room and are very practical.  That way, you can have sheers during the day to let the light in and then have an opaque or blackout curtain for nighttime.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

What is behind the couch in that second pic?  Is that another door way?  I think the major problem is that everything is so spread out.  I’d try pulling that larger couch forward and getting an area rug, making the walk way behind and to the left of the couch, rather than on the right in front of it.  And can the dining table be pulled off the wall and centered on a rug too?

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

Is there any way you can wall mount your TV? The reason I asked is mounting the TV and getting a sleeker and artsy shelving unit for under it would really open up that wall! I agree with PP about the area rugs too. Also, maybe try out some brighter curtains to give that wall a little ‘punch’ 🙂

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

1) read what pinkshoes said, then decide on a general ‘theme’ for your livingroom so that things can match

2) put matching end tables on the sides of the furniture

3) get large canvas pictures for the walls (large pictures are bold, and fill an otherwise empty boring space, and canvas is easy to find/change/move etc)

4) put lamps on the end tables (better lighting and more functional)

5) in a corner that has nothing going on, get a tall leafy plant (one suggestion: a Bella neathe Palm)

6) a bookcase or some shelving on/against other empty walls will help to fill space, and show off style. You can put decorative plates/figurines/books/framed photos/candles/etc on the shelving 

7) a coffee table wouldn’t be bad either (match the end tables)

8) why not get a more neutral (and slightly shorter) set of curtains/window covering? 

 

I love interior decorating! I wish I could just come to your house and do it for you! Lol … Another great idea would be to search Pinterest or read home magazines, pay attention to details, sizes, etc of everything in a featured room… If it’s possible, maybe you can even repaint, or put in new flooring for your livingroom? Any space can be made a home with a little effort! 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Eta: cream furniture is an excellent choice, it’ll really lighten the space, plus it’s neutral. One of my biggest stand-by rules is: go neutral (creams, grays, whites, beiges, clear, glass, mirrored) on big things like furniture and tables, go minimalistic on decor, and then that way, if your style/taste/the season changes, you can get bright colored ot textured throw pillows for the couch, get bright flowers, swap out your book collection for something else, the room will still look fresh and new without any huge change, big neutrals go with small decor. And my reason for being minimalistic is two things: 1) it overall just looks and feels cleaner 2) it will show off your selected pieces way more, example: a huge canvas print of a red flower, or a plates collection on a shelf, etc … If the room is cluttered, these things will be overlooked and lumped together with the rest of the junk … Hope all this makes sense and helps! Good luck bee

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

decibell :  I agree, a great big rug for that living room space! I like color, so I’d get some pretty curtains, maybe in a geometric pattern. In whatever color you want. And some stuff on the walls.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

I would suggesting putting either floor lamps or table lamps (with nice end tables) as the other bee suggested for better diffused light. That usually makes the room very warm and comforting. You should consider getting the lightbulbs changed to warm white to match the lamps when you do get them (if you havent already). I reccomend getting the end tables without the drawers so it keeps the space looking quite open.

A large area rug would help pull everything together. Those microfibre fluffly ones are quite nice if you have allergy-prone people in the house.

New coat of paint if you don’t mind renovating a bit. Soft neutral colors are best.

I quite like the previous bee’s suggestion of geometric curtains. Navy is pretty.

Large colorful canvases would look nice hanging from some of the empty walls and wall mounted or tall shelves for books and small pieces of artwork can help fill the room.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

decibell :  Ah, yeah I would definitely pull the couch in with an area rug too like I drew out… so that the living area is pulled together and the walk way is around the perimeter of the room instead of having furniture all spread out anchored to the walls.  You could do a sectional too to replace the couch and 2 arm chairs.. that would make for a cozy defined living area.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

decibell :  You’ve had some great suggestions, but everyone’s taste is different. I agree with keeping the large pieces neutral. Add color with toss pillows, accessories, and artwork. All of these can easily be changed if you get tired of them.

Don’t get too matchy matchy. Buying end tables and a coffee table that match just adds another boring element. Buy matching end tables if you must, but get a different coffee table at least.

One thing you said, I would not do. Don’t buy frames that fit the space then fill them later. The frames may not go with the artwork you choose.

Choose art that you love. It doesn’t have to be expensive. You can frame pages cut from a book or pieces of fabric if budget is an issue.

I think an area rug would be the perfect starting point. It will warm up the whole room. Try pulling the furniture away from the walls a bit first as a pp recommenced. You need to decide furniture arrangement first so you know what size area rug you need. It needs to be large enough that at least the front edges or legs of the sofa and chairs are on the rug. Normally you might choose one rug for the living area and another for the dining area, but  I don’t think you have enough room for that. An area rug for the dining table should be large enough that the chairs stay on the rug when pushed away from the table. I would do one large rug for the room but make it a flat weave so that it isn’t a problem in the dining area, an over-dyed  persian would be perfect. You can pull colors from the rug for pillows.

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Houston

I would put a rug on the floor to bring the whole room together. Pictures on both sides of tv. Accent pillows that have same colors as rug. I thought it might be helpful to see some pictures on wall, rugs , curtains, blinds and rug placement. Hope it helps. 

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