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5 Design Details to Consider When Planning Your Living Room

Are you finally ready to start your interior transformation in order to create the living room you always wanted? Or are you looking to just upgrade the aesthetic appeal to attract affluent home buyers?

It really doesn’t matter because some design tips are not only timeless, but they work wonders for all homes and purposes!

Now, don’t go running for the hills as soon as you hear the words “living room revamp” or “living room planning” because the project doesn’t have to be costly nor time-consuming!

You really only need to introduce several key ingredients to make it pop and create the living room of your dreams.

Without further ado, here are the five design details you want to consider when planning your ‘to die for’ living room:

#1 – The overarching design

If any interior decorator can give you one piece of advice before retiring, it would be that a room needs to boast purpose, clarity, and intention.

Now, if you put a sofa in the centre and mount a TV on the wall, it might give the guest some indication that it’s a living room; but if you want it to truly shine in all its glory, you need to do more.

The room should have an overarching theme!

This can be everything from minimalism, through serene Danish design, to a full-blown French chic or ornate Revival approach – the possibilities are numerous.

The style you opt for will depend on your personal preference, so make sure the era & your preferred decor approach resonate with your heart and mind!

That said, make sure to take note of the additional details mentioned below!

#2 – Neutrals give you a ton of opportunities

Vibrant colors in the kitchen can work great.

When it comes to the living room, on the other hand, they can only confuse the observer and make it all the more difficult to complement the setting with adequate furniture and accents.

This is why your best bet is to stick to neutral hues on the walls to allow the rest of the decor to settle in nicely.

Aside from your typical pure white (always a good option), you can also choose numerous off-white hues such as champagne, ivory, light beige, eggshell, etc. And, if white hues are not your cup of tea, why not experiment with pastels such as aqua blue or mauve for a more soothing touch?

Alternatively, charcoal black works great in an industrial-type setting.

#3 – Spaciousness and a gracious sense of freedom

No matter the design approach you choose or the color palette you pick for the walls, you need to think about spaciousness and freedom of movement in the room.

This is not to say that you need to embrace a minimalist mindset, only to provide enough space in your home to make it feel comfortable.

The living room is a place where the entire family needs to feel welcome, relaxed and comfortable!

So, think about strategically positioning furniture to provide plenty of seating without obstructing movement and manoeuvrability.

Consider sticking to a centralized seating area, and make sure the room is basking in sunlight for the majority of the day to maximize the illusion of spaciousness.

#4 – Tying the design in with a focal point and numerous accents

Design Details to Consider - Tying the design in
Design Details to Consider – Tying the design in

When it comes to making your living room truly stand out from anything you’ve ever seen before, accents and focal points will play a pivotal role.

Amidst all the planning and strategizing, it can get quite easy to let the essence of the room dissipate and fall into the shadow of numerous furniture pieces and decor elements, which is why you want to tie it all back in with a single, striking focal point.

In the case of your living room, this will usually be a meticulously designed seating area or a beautiful entertainment centre boasting a TV on the wall surrounded by bookshelves.

But you’re not done yet, as you want to give other areas of the room their unique charm and purpose as well. To that end, you can simply decorate certain spots with accent pieces such as picture frames, strategic greenery, wall art, ornate figurines or vases, etc.

#5 – Introducing symmetry with a touch of spontaneity

Design Details to Consider - Symmetry
Design Details to Consider – Symmetry

Simply put, symmetry is appealing to the eye. No one is immune to the beauty of symmetry, and while your living room should be meticulously organized, you should also leave some “room” for spontaneity as well.

You can start by shaping the seating area (square, oval, or rectangular) and “bringing it in” with an area rug that will emphasize the comfy vibe while giving the room an aesthetic boost.

Leave the spontaneity for the layers scattered around the setting such as books carelessly lying on the side table, accent full-length drapes on the walls, or a wayward Ficus defiantly occupying a corner next to the reading nook.

When planning your living room, it’s important to remember that grand feats can be achieved with few resources and plenty of imagination!

So, give yourself time to think it through, consider these five design details, and plan your way to the living room of your dreams.


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