Maybe you’ve recently moved into a house, gone through a remodel, or just want a fresh look for your living room. Whatever the case is, you’ve got a huge amount of space waiting to be perked up.

But you’re stumped on what to do, and that space is just staring at you, waiting to be transformed.

If you’re having a tough time deciding what to do with your living room, not to worry. Here are 7 decorating ideas for living rooms for some inspiration!

  1. Mix up the Colors

Of course, to have a cohesive space, you need to follow a color scheme. If you’re not too confident about your abilities when choosing colors, just refer to a color wheel, which gives you a general idea of which colors go together and which clash.

One basic rule is to go with similar colors; that’s simple enough for anyone to do. But you can also be bold and mix light and dark to create areas of contrast in your living room.

Picking all dark shades can make your living room look like a cave, and picking all light colors may make it look too sterile. But having a good combination of both light and dark, you’ll create an interesting and dynamic look.

  1. Mix up Textures

Not only should you have a good mix of colors, but you should also consider the textures too. When you like a certain material (such as wood), it’s easy to favor it and plaster your living room in just that. But it can quickly become one-dimensional and boring.

Make sure you get a good combination of both organic and inorganic materials. For instance, you can have throw pillows with wool coverings, a jar with some sand and stones, and some accent pieces with different types of metal (steel, copper, etc.).

Using different textures can add some vibrancy and life to your living room and not make it seem as plain and sterile.

  1. Forget About Matching Upholstery

Yes, furniture stores usually offer you deals for matching upholstery. And usually, people like to see order and uniformity.

But while that’ll work for a formal business, it doesn’t come off as well when it’s in your home. This is especially true if you want your living room to feel cozy, comfortable, and your own.

So forget about matching every piece in your living room and feel free to pick up individual pieces that speak to you. Even if they don’t really match one another, this can give your living room some personality.

If you don’t want your space to look like a staged home, then definitely pick pieces of furniture that are quirky and fun to look at.

  1. Fill It up With Art

There’s nothing that’ll make your living room look sadder than bare walls. Even if you have some textured wallpaper, it can still come off as empty and barren.

One of the first things you should do when trying to decorate is to purchase some excellent pieces of art. Or, if you’re artistically inclined (or if your spouse or children are), you can frame some personal pieces of artwork and hang them up.

Considering hanging pieces of art and photography is an art in itself, you can go wild with arranging these frames on your walls. Be careful not to cramp them all in one space, as it can be quite a bit to look at for people who enter your living room.

  1. Place a Patterned Rug on the Floor

The point of living room design is to take it from flat and boring to multi-dimensional and interesting. While you can add paint, wallpaper, paintings, or pictures to your walls, there’s not much you can do with your floor.

That is, besides adding a patterned rug. Use this opportunity to create a “fifth wall” and pick a rug that has a delightful pattern and colors. An added bonus of this rug is if you have rambunctious children or pets, it’ll hide stains and scratches better.

  1. Put a Tulip Table In

A Tulip Table is what it sounds like; it has a small base and its shape curves upwards, with a huge tabletop. This type of table was designed by Eero Saarinen and looks modern, but was actually first created in the 1950s!

Today, Tulip Tables come in not only different sizes, but also various colors and finishes. Because of this, you’re bound to find one that matches the existing design of your living room. When you put one at the center of your living room, all eyes will be drawn to it, and it’ll be an excellent conversation piece.

If you want to get an idea of what Tulip Tables look like, this furniture store has a few for you to look at.

  1. Add a Bookcase

If you don’t already have one, put a bookcase in your living room. Not only does this give you additional storage space, but if you put all your home’s books in, it can make you appear more intellectual.

Don’t have many books? Not a problem!

Put your books in, and in between, use the empty space to showcase your family’s treasured possessions. This can be anything from a cute Funko Pop! doll, a completed Lego set, or a trophy from a competition.

Use These Decorating Ideas for Living Rooms

Now that you have some decorating ideas for living rooms, you should feel enthusiastic about fixing up your space to be your own. Use these ideas as a starting point and make little tweaks so your living room can be truly unique.

By putting your own personal touch on things, your house will start feeling like a home, somewhere where you can put your roots down.

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