Give Your Living Room a Personality of its Own

Photo: Shaw Floors

Photo: Shaw Floors

A living room can become a welcoming space to both family and visitors with the simple addition of special details. Much like the distinctive grain of hardwood flooring  it’s the details that give a room a personality of its own.

When a living room is a long rectangle, the shape can be used as an advantage. Arranging the space into two squares, with bookshelves or a sofa table placed as dividers, will break up the area naturally. Using different rugs also divides the floor into distinct sections.

In cases when a formal style works best for a particular room, the room design should be symmetrical. Or, home decorators can try a modified symmetry by having two identical sofas face each other but place different lamps or side tables alongside them.

Good Traffic Flow

The right mix and arrangement of pieces creates a room design that has a comfortable traffic flow between furnishings.

Achieving correct balance is particularly important in a large room where people gather. If there’s too much space between furniture pieces, the room will have a chilly atmosphere. Push furnishings too close and the look may be too cluttered.

A fireplace may serve as a focal point with an equally weighty piece of furniture – such as a large bookcase or hutch – to counteract it across the room. Having two loveseats face each other in front of the fireplace is often more inviting than placing one long sofa along a wall. Or, two easy chairs can face a sofa, with a small table and a lamp for reading set between them.

Scale is also a concern in home design, because large pieces will fill blocks of space better than small furniture, which could become dwarfed by a large area.

Color Coordination

To keep a classic look in a large room, the fabrics on a sofa and a loveseat can be different as long as they coordinate well in colors and patterns. Homeowners may use furniture already in the home by upgrading some pieces with new upholstery or slipcovers that can be changed seasonally.

The answer is to separate the space into several conversation areas, but linked by colors and complementary patterns and solids. The result will be a comfortable place for both everyday use and entertaining guests.

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Decorating With a Living Room Rug

Photo: Shaw Floors

Photo: Shaw Floors

A rug on top of your living room hardwood is an accessory that can easily transform your space. Small rugs look great on top of sleek hardwood flooring and can add a whole new dimension to the room, especially if they include rich colors, textures or patterns.

Consider these rug ideas for your living room design.  

Durable patterns

Houses catering to a family should include a rug that can withstand the wear and tear usually inflicted upon the floor by children.

Real Simple magazine also suggested patterned rugs to make the space more visually interesting, adding another element of texture to your living room.

 Use your rug as an accessory.

The size of you rug should be smaller than the area that your furniture covers. People often make the mistake of using an oversized rug for their room, covering up more of their hardwood floor than they have to.

According to HGTV, the front two legs of your sofas or chairs should be placed on the area rug, supporting the gathering space, but not taking away from the overall sleekness or openness of the room. Think of the rug as an accessory, just like your ottoman or coffee table. It shouldn’t take over your flooring, but complement it instead.

“It is a nice way to add color to a room if you don’t want to commit to a strong color on the furnishings or window treatments,” designer Jennifer Duneier told HGTV.

Real Simple recommended using a decorative rug to draw attention to a specific piece of furniture, like your bold-colored sofa. This is easily done by contrasting the color of the rug with that of the piece of furniture you want to make the focal point of the living room.

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Choosing a Carpet for Your Living Room

Photo Courtesy: Shaw Floors

Photo Courtesy: Shaw Floors

There are several factors to consider when selecting a carpet for your living room or family room.

One of the most important qualities for choosing a carpet is the type of fiber. How often do you use the room and for what purpose(s)?  Your answers will help determine how durable the fiber needs to be.

It is also important to consider if there are pets and children in the household and whether any food or beverage is allowed in the room.

Once the fiber has been determined, the next important factor is deciding what the overall style you want to achieve. Is it casual, formal, modern or traditional?

Color is the final element to consider. The color of the carpet needs to complement all aspects of the room, including paint color, furniture and any fabrics used in the room.