The living room is often the central space of the house, considering that a lot of time is spent there, whether alone, or with the rest of the family. Also, anytime we have guests, they’re most likely to be seated in the living room which is why it’s important to invest some effort to make it beautiful and well-designed. Now, there are many ways to make that happen, and there are no definitive rules on what should be done, but there are definitely things that should be avoided or at least, used and done sparingly. Therefore, here are some tips and eye-catching details that will help you transform your living room design:

If you don’t know where to start, create a focal point first

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The focal point is the center space (or a detail) in the room that naturally draws attention from the moment you enter. It can be a seating area, massive wall art, or an elegant fireplace. You can also use wallpaper to make your living room more unique, or even better, find an empty corner (there’re usually four of those in each room) and make it stand out by adding plants or various types of framed photos and paintings. A focal point will definitely infuse your living room with more personality which is always a great thing.

Feel free to experiment with various colors

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Even if you prefer clean and minimalist interior design, colors can surely add a bit of life to your space. You don’t need to turn your living room into a maximalist and colorful place, but adding certain details here and there will create a very special atmosphere and make your space seem more intimate and approachable. For those who truly prefer neutral and pastel colors, painting just one wall boldly or adding colorful throwaway pillows will be more than enough.

When you don’t know what to do, wall art is the answer

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Bare walls can look great, but adding wall art will surely uprise your living room design. You can make a minimalist gallery wall or experiment with different frames and paintings. Feel free to combine classic paintings with artistic photographs and posters, to create the special mashup of wildly interesting art. If you still prefer some semblance of order, make sure to add something that will connect all the art together, such as the same type of frame.

Don’t hesitate to invest in a quality and durable furniture

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Decor items can surely make or break the living room, but without the proper furniture, it’s all pretty much pointless. After all, there’s no use in having extravagant lamps and curtains if you don’t have a proper place to sit, relax and maybe have a quick nap. Some sofas are better than others, so in case you have no idea what to choose, it’s always best to focus on fully customizable and quality leather lounge suits that will provide you with enough comfort and will also make your place look very elegant. Additionally, to make your seating area look well-rounded, you can also treat yourself with a cushy armchair or a charming coffee table.

Rugs will transform your place in more than one way

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Having one big carpet or laminate flooring is definitely a sound choice but adding a rug or two will add more color and personality to your living room. But before you choose the rug, there are certain factors that need to be considered such as the size, color, pattern, and style. There’s no use of getting the rug if it doesn’t fit your seating area, therefore it’s important to do some measuring first. In case you can’t decide on a style, it’s best to choose a lively Boho rug or black and white rug with a contemporary pattern. Also, if your living room and dining room are merged, using area rugs can be a brilliant way to visually separate the two spaces.

When in doubt, add some greenery

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Just because your plant died back when you were in college doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give yourself a second chance and try growing some plants again. Yes, there are flowers and potted plants that require much more maintenance, but on the other hand, there are some others that are both beautiful and very easy to care for, which is the best place to start especially if you don’t have much experience in caring for plants and flowers. Besides, some greens such as ferns, snake plants, peace lilies, and bamboos can also be very beneficial to the air quality and your personal well-being.

Before you decide to implement some of these tips, make sure that they’re actually befitting to your living room, so they won’t look out of place. In case you don’t know what to do, feel free to consult a friend or a relative who’s more experienced in home decor, or even better, hire an interior designer so you can be certain that everything in your living room is properly placed and well-designed.