Decorate a Living Room Like a Pro Designer

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Decorate a Living Room Like a Pro Designer

Staff Writer · Dec 17, 2009

You can learn how to decorate a living room like a professional interior decorator, without the hefty price tag. It would be nice if we could all have a living room that looks like it is from the pages of a magazine. However, hiring a pro designer isn’t always within the budget. Luckily, there are a lot of tips and tricks that will help you design a room that looks amazing.

Pay Attention to Scale

A common mistake made by novice designers is not paying attention to scale. Scale is how objects relate according to size. For example, you wouldn’t want to pair a small and dainty formal couch with a behemoth trunk-style coffee table. Maybe the colors match or maybe they are even built out of matching wood, but it still won’t work. The scale of the large, chunky coffee table just won’t feel right with a small sofa. Instead, look for furniture items that look like they could be from the same collection, even if they are not. Pair the small formal sofa with a dainty antique coffee table. Scale can really come into play when you are decorating small spaces. Often times, over-sized furniture just won’t work in a small space, so think of the actual living space as well.

Think about an Overall Balance

Try to achieve balance with your furniture and decorating ideas. This does not mean that everything has to be exactly the same on both sides of the room. A room can be balanced without being symmetrical. If one side of the room has a giant built-in entertainment center with a big screen television, balance out the room by placing a large sofa across from it. This same rule applies when it comes to the decor within the room. Instead of using a large display case to hold all of your pieces of art and decorations, distribute them throughout the room. This doesn’t mean you have to place an object at points all over the room. Strategically place balanced groups of objects in each main area of the room.

Rhythm

A room will feel more pulled together if it follows a certain rhythm. This can be a theme or color scheme. Pick a scheme and stick to it. This doesn’t mean that if you pick blue as your primary color, everything has to be blue. Instead, incorporate the color into various details of the room to help tie it all together. Using different shades of the same color or inserting pops of color in a complementary hue will help add dimension to the color scheme. When choosing a decorating theme, think more in terms of style than trademark objects. For instance, beach themes are popular. You probably wouldn’t see a seashell patterned couch, mermaid figurines and fish paintings on the wall on an online interior design portfolio. Instead, think about atmosphere. Use shades of white, blue grays and sandy neutrals in your fabrics and paint. Rely on natural elements like weathered wood and glass accents. Subtlety is always best.

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