Living Room Decorating Tips

Learn How to Create a Pretty and Functional Living Room

Like the name implies, the living room is easily one of the most important rooms in our homes. Unlike basements, kitchens or bathrooms, the living room is usually our first thought when it comes to decorating a new home. At the same time, living rooms need to be one of the most versatile spaces in your home. They take on a number of different roles which can make getting the decor just right a bit of a challenge. For some of us, the living room is still a more formal space reserved primarily for...MORE entertaining guests; for others it's a very casual space. It's where we kick back after a long day to rest and relax or where we wile away the hours during a long weekend enjoying leisure activities like watching TV and reading.

Typically living rooms have plenty of seating. There's often at least one sofa and a couple of chairs. Of course it takes more than chairs to make a room work. A complete living room requires tables, bookshelves and other pieces of furniture, all working together in harmony to give the space a cohesive and stylish look.

To make your living room the best it can be check out the following articles about living room decorating.

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    A mid-century modern living room
    We Heart It

    There are certain issues that always come up when trying to arrange living room furniture. From creating conversation areas to determining a focal point, to figuring out the best size rug, these tips will help you create a functional and visually pleasing living room.

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    Colorful living room accessories
    Vintage Industrial Style

    Once the furniture is in place you'll need to position the accessories. Check out these tips for hanging artwork, putting up window treatments, placing the television and more.

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    Modern living room lighting
    People

    Living room lighting serves a dual purpose: it works as a light source, but also as a decorative accessory. It's important to have a variety of lighting that not just accommodates whatever events take place there, but also looks great in the space.

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    Moroccan rug in a modern living room
    Because I'm Addicted

    Wall-to-wall carpet isn’t nearly as popular as it used to be. These days it's been traded out in exchange for area rugs, particularly in the living room. Area rugs look great and are often more practical than broadloom, but if you're going to use them there are a few things you need to keep in mind. 

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    A colorful, modern living room
    Marion WD

    You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a punch of color or a little pick-me-up in the living room. Read here for our 10 favorite ways to add color to your living room and liven up the décor of your home.

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