Your home is not only a reflection of your personal style but also of your life. Everything you choose to put in your room should say something about who you are otherwise you will never feel comfortable in your own home.
Magazines and brochures are a great way to get inspiration but instead of replicating something you see in a book it is always best to take some time and evaluate your lifestyle first. A white living room in a magazine may look fantastic but if you have two kids and a dog does it really make sense to live in that room? Most people will answer no. The upkeep and cleaning alone will surely drive anyone nuts. While it is important to appeal to your aesthetics it is just as imperative to keep the practical aspect of furniture in mind.
Here are some simple things to keep in mind when arranging your living room:
1. Choose a focal point: In some cases these will be obvious like a fireplace or a magnificent view from a window. In others, you may have to create your own focal point. This could be a TV armoire if you’re a sports fanatic, a painting if you’re an art lover, or a sofa you especially love. Place this piece first and design your room around it.
2. Divide your room into spaces: First, you must make a list of what you will be doing in your living room. Do you love to read, watch tv, play games with your kids, entertain or exercise, etc? Once you know what you will use your living space for it is time to divide the room in sections and design each section for that particular purpose.
3. Select comfortable furniture: If you find a beautiful couch that you can’t sit on for more than 15 minutes then don’t buy it! All your seating should be comfortable and usable. My golden rule to decorating is that if you don’t use it then you don’t need it and it’s better to look for something else.
4. Decorate your walls: I love to dress the walls of a room. Pictures, mirrors, candleholders, paintings, etc. All these items can be used to really personalize your space and give it color.
5. Paint your room: This is the easiest, quickest and most cost effective way to make a room look really pulled together. I suggest using neutral warm colors on the walls that will complement almost anything you buy and will provide a nice, clean, background for all your furniture and accessories.
Lastly, decorating a room is a learning process and if you take some time and plan your living space you will be surprised at your own results. Your home is the place you go to feel comfortable, relaxed and re-energized so enjoy the process and you will quickly learn what works best for you.