The living room is a key space for many homes, simply because it’s a place where multiple people tend to gather and, well, live. The living room may double as a party room, a study room, a music room, a reading room, a visiting room, an eat-in room, or it could be something else altogether. For these reasons, it’s important that the living room is an engaging, inviting space that reflects your sense of style while still providing functionality in the areas your household needs it most.
Historically, floral print has gotten a bad “granny” rap, but it has come to the forefront of chic décor in recent years. It’s the perfect time to incorporate floral into your living room décor, whether in small doses (e.g., a simple bloom in a vase, a throw pillow) or large (e.g., rug, upholstery, window treatments). Feel free to mix patterns with the floral to bring out a contemporary vibe.
Nature au natural
Sure, you can use a standard wooden coffee table to introduce natural elements into your living room. You can also go a step (or three) beyond and completely infuse the space with nature – a coffee table made from the cross-grain cut of a tree trunk on top of a jute or other natural fiber rug, surrounded by linen upholstery.
Whether your choice of display is picture frames, shadow boxes, under-glass mounts, or anything else, a gallery wall is a spectacular way to display a collection in the living room. There’s something about the structure of having identical frames (one method, anyway) for similar but slightly mismatched objects that is really appealing visually.
Humor in the details
Whimsy, quirk, or even eccentricity…these are all perfectly valid descriptions of great living room décor. The trick is to balance the humor with maturity. One or two funny details amid an otherwise grownup space is enough to get your point across.
Bring out your inner Lite-Brite artiste by incorporating some cut-out lighting into your living room. The light itself provides fantastic design, and a bonus is the interesting shadows such lighting provides.
A single focal feature
While a great living room will contain many noteworthy design elements, you might want to design your space with a singular focal feature. This could be the fireplace, a piece of furniture, a window, or a piece of art. Play off of that feature, and let the rest of your space follow suit design-wise.
Houndstooth for dog-lovers
If you love your canine(s), let it show! Pull off a little play on words (and style) by incorporating houndstooth pattern on an object featuring your favorite pet. A Victorian style armchair provides great balance to the throw pillows.
Mirrors are fantastic design components for bouncing light around a room. But don’t be afraid to make the mirror itself stand out, above and beyond its light-enhancing characteristics. A unique shape, a gorgeous frame, or both can make the piece an absolute show-stopper.