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The living room is one of the most exciting spots around the house to decorate. It is where occupants spend most of their time; for families, it is also the spot where family members can gather and share their days. Having a warm and cozy living room is a must, especially since the tone of the living room often dictates the mood of the rest of the house.
If you are in the process of designing or renovating a living room, you most likely have certain things you want to achieve. These next several design tips and tricks will help you achieve that modern design look and a cozy ambiance.
Consider the Basics
Before you start adding furniture and making design changes to your living, make sure you take the time to review the basics.
Does the room have proper insulation? Do the windows offer good energy efficiency? Can you maintain the interior climate of the living room without breaking the bank?
In many cases, fixing potential issues costs so much more than redesigning the living room, which is why it is important to discover and take care of potential issues from the start. You can book free inspections from top contractors as well as use various web tools to help you.
Start with the Bigger Pieces
You want to start by placing the bigger furniture and pieces first. Consider the size and shape of the living room and create a nice flow around the room using the biggest furniture you want to add to the space.
It’s a good idea to begin by placing a large-screen LCD TV in the best spot for the best viewing angle and design the rest of the room accordingly.
By starting with the larger furniture, you can focus more on the flow of the room and worry less about making the room feel cluttered. After all, the big furniture needs to be in certain spots. The sofa set, for example, needs to be on the opposite side of the TV.
However, if you have a video wall this should not be an issue. Their large size allows easy viewing from anywhere in the room.
Limit Your Colors
To achieve a more modern look, you want to stick to a palette of colors. Choose one or two main colors that you want to add to the dominant elements of the room; designers usually go with a brighter tone – such as broken white or mist grey – for the main walls of the living room.
The other colors you add to the room must match the selected primary colors. If you choose white as your main color, you can experiment with shades of brown and pastel blue, along with wooden accents and some plants (greens), to maintain a contemporary and clean look.
Be Mindful of the Lighting
Choosing colors alone is not enough to set the tone of the living room. You also have to design the right lighting setup for that warm ambiance to really materialize. Ideally, you want large windows to let in plenty of natural light during the day. This is one of the best ways to keep the living room looking bright and inviting, particularly without adding too many LED lights to the space.
As for the artificial lights, the current trend for modern design prefers daylight bulbs and concealed LED strips. The latter is actually very handy for adding mood lighting to the space, making the living room even cozier at night.
Splashes of Art
You can still add touches of colors and some unique accents to the living room, and the way to do that is by adding art to the space. Even better, there is an endless array of modern art masterpieces you can pick up without breaking the bank. Black-and-white photographs and modern paintings work really well when strategically placed in the living room.
The only thing to remember is to leave enough white space on the walls. You don’t want the room to feel cramped and overcrowded with too many paintings hanging on the wall; this can be avoided by leaving more room between each painting.
Add a Rug
Almost all living rooms have a rug to complete the design. It is a symbol of warmth and a way to make the room more intimate and functional at the same time. Now that you have a clearer view of your living room design, choosing a rug to add to the room should be very easy.
Similar to other elements, choosing the right size matters. Add a rug that is too big and the room will appear noticeably smaller than it really is. Combined with the previous tips we covered in this article, the perfect rug is that extra touch that will complete your modern living room design.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.