These tricks with furniture, lighting, color and accessories go a long way toward making a space fashionable and comfortable
Tip: Most standard-size living rooms can handle an 8-by-10-foot rug, so unless your living room is especially tiny, consider springing for an 8-by-10 (or larger) rug for a really comfortable, finished look. Larger living rooms (like the one shown here) may need a 10-by-12 or even larger rug to properly fill the space.
Tip: If you like to frequently rearrange your living room furniture, a low-hanging pendant light is probably not the best choice. No one wants to run into a random light fixture while trying to traverse the room!
- Flat: Books, trays, platters, textiles
- Vertical: Framed art, vases, sculptures
- Organic: Flowers, plants, driftwood, stones, shells
Sofa: Living Divani
7. Save floor space with sconces. Actually, sconces do more than save floor space: During a party, when you want to create a moodier atmosphere, direct the sconces to shine on your artwork and bump up the light elsewhere with candles.
Tip: Take a photo of your living room to get a fresh perspective. When you look at the photo, the colors present in your living room will be more apparent.
Wall color: Van Deusen Blue, Benjamin Moore
Tip: If your front door opens into the living room, you can adopt the console as a stand-in entryway. Just swap the stools for storage cubes that can double as shoe storage and extra seats.
Tip: True black can look too stark, but a deep charcoal gray “reads” as black without quite the same intensity. And if your black accent wall still looks a little too dark, put a bulkier piece of furniture in front of it to offset the drama.
- Soft: Knit throw or pouf, cashmere blanket, mohair throw, velvet pillow covers, faux fur
- Natural: Handmade ceramics, driftwood, stones, raw wood, burl wood
- Shiny: Glass vases, mirrored surfaces, shiny metal, Lucite
- Rough: Linen, burlap, natural fiber rugs such as jute or sisal, sea grass or wicker furniture
- Smooth: Leather pouf, leather sofa or chair, polished wood
Pull an armchair, settee or daybed up to the window, then add a potted plant, cozy throw and a spot to set a drink. Your neglected corner may just become your new favorite seat!
By: Laura Gaskill