Living Room Decorating

Each home has a different size and the living room is not always a square, which means that it is more difficult to decorate. Actually most often than not, in modern homes, the living room is rather narrow and long which can cause a problem with many homeowners.

The problem with this style of room is that it doesn’t quite seem balanced and looking quite right. You might focus too much your attention in one direction without giving other places the right emphasis or you have the wrong types of furniture that simply make your room look much smaller than it really is. So how can you decorate your living room when it is rather long and narrow? Here are some interior design and decorating tips for making your room look less narrow and more attractive to the eyes.

First of all you need to place the room’s focal point on the opposite wall, For example you can use both wall sides to add a TV, an indoor wall fountain, some pieces of wall art or another focal piece that will attract attention in order to balance your room.

Also you can easily benefit from having a rather long space simply because now you are able to split the room in several area, each with their own specific way of decorating. Having the room split in two or three will make it look smaller and somehow fuller. You can, for example, make an area where you sit by the fire watching the TV, or a study area or even one for enjoying your coffee during the afternoon chit chats with your friends.

If you add some carpets and rugs to the room you can change the way the place looks. For example by placing a rectangle small carpet right in front of your fireplace you will focus on the sitting area, which will have as benefit the room loosing its rather narrowish appearance. Also this can make it feel much cozier and warmer.

So basically what you are trying to achieve here is create the illusion of a smaller feel of the space without cluttering it with too many furniture pieces. You need to first create a room blueprint, or a drawing and then try to see what furniture arrangements you can come up with that change the narrow appearance of the living room. Many times simply by reorganizing your furniture around you will be able to achieve a much more pleasing look for your room. So don’t be afraid to experiment as mapping out the room first will avoid any mistakes and will actually help you get the very look you want for your home.

Country Home Decorating Tips

One of the great things about country decorating is how it lends itself so well to re-decorating. You can quickly and effortlessly turn a wall hanging into a table piece, or take a quilt and turn it into a beautiful wall hanging that brings warmth and history to an area. Scented candles can be used as accent pieces practically anywhere. Just place them on a rustic candle tray and wrap some pip berry garland around each candle. Even more permanent country decorating can be re-arranged to create a different look and feel, while maintaining the same “country decor” feel. For example, let’s talk about shelves. You wouldn’t want to constantly be moving a shelf around your home but the effort level involved with replacing the things “on” the shelf is very low. I like to switch out country style plates with beautiful (yet simple) artwork on them with framed pictures. Many of my shelves have a quilt holder built on it, so I find myself swapping out quilts from time to time as well. I’ve also found that with country decorating, sometimes larger pieces look very natural in smaller areas. A large barn star looks right at home in a country style dining room or kitchen. I even change around half burned scented candles by putting them in a primitive looking bowl partially filled with natural potpourri. This not only looks great, but it also smells great and breathes new life into a candle. I have stuffed plush (primitive looking pillows) on shelves that I can easily “re-purpose” as different needs arise. Country decorating can be a very dynamic decorating style. Although the “theme” is constant, the methodology by which it is presented can vary greatly. I hope you find these country decorating tips & ideas helpful. If they do nothing else but give you new ideas of your own, this section has served you well.

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