Some people get overwhelmed by the sheer notion of styling a new space. When you move into a new home, there are new angles, new colors, and new sizes of rooms to deal with that might be a little ways off until it's your dream living space. Are you looking for a way to create a cozy, ideal living room? Please find out how we here at Kate and Laurel recommend styling your space to make it open and inviting.
Calming Color Palettes
The best starting point for decorating your living room is choosing the perfect color story. Think about it: what colors calm you down? What makes you feel the most inner peace? Choosing colors that work well together and allow you to feel a sense of peaceful zen. Honestly, choose the color story you wouldn't mind taking a nap inside.
Work with the Space
Whether you're dealing with new, modern construction or a historic home with period architecture, there's a way to find a happy medium. For example, the style aesthetic known as Modern Farmhouse fills your home with rustic pieces in origin but modern in design. Using these furniture and home décor pieces to bridge this dissonance unites your decorative aesthetic and makes it feel like a cohesive room.
Create A Conversation Circle
A conversation circle has been around for…well, forever, if we're counting bonfires. A conversation circle is generally two or more pieces of furniture pieces at an angle with a coffee table, end table, or pedestal table at the center to meet around. This living room layout feels more casual and laid-back, uniting the room while developing a beautiful style.
Highlight Natural Light
No one wants a dark living room. Keep any sources of natural light uncovered and unimpeded to keep your living room feeling open, inviting, and livable. Cozy and small do not have to be synonymous! If you need a little help with spreading your natural light, try adding wall mirrors to enhance the vibrancy and dimension of your space.
Add Photography and Art!
Create a story with your wall décor by incorporating family photos or wall art! It is so important that this element is in turning a house into a home, and it's not living room exclusive. Adding imagery that incorporates your personality helps tell your story through your style. Larger images help establish a theme for your room as well. For instance, if you want a modern home, a grayscale/black and white portrait might be up your alley. Want to warm the room up? Coastal imagery of beautiful shores and cool blue water makes your home feel like a getaway.
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