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What’s The Best Place To Start Decorating My Living Room?

Gathering inspiration and thinking up ideas about how to decorate a room in your house, whether it’s for a living room in your new home or a little bedroom you’ve been meaning to decorate, is always enjoyable and exciting. However, when it comes to the actual designing, it can easily become intimidating and frustrating. What do you do first?

The living room is unquestionably one of the most important spaces in your home. After all, the living room serves as your entertainment center, as well as a gathering spot for family movie nights and entertaining visitors. As a result, it’s understandable if you’re apprehensive about decorating this vital room.

For certain people, the difficulty is attempting to do something at the same time. You know you need to choose a paint colour, but do you start with the furniture? Should you start with a furniture layout for the room in that case? But what about the painting you just want to put on the wall? Maybe that’ll help you find out where everything else can go? As a result, the pattern continues.

You’d imagine that planning a room is similar to decorating a cake—you can’t think about the frosting until you’ve finished the batter. Until you start decorating, map out the foundational details—the floor plan and architecture.

Still have questions on how to plan a room from start to finish? Check out this step-by-step guide that walks you through the entire process of decorating a home, from the initial planning to the final touches.


Step 1: Analyze the Area 

And before you write down any of your living room style proposals, there is one thing you must do: calculate. If you don’t weigh every nook and cranny in your living room, anything from window treatments to furniture and rugs could be off or won’t fit. You’ll want to pay extra attention to any walls with glass, doors, or insets, as these will restrict the room’s shape. 

Take this drawing with you when you go shopping; it will help you avoid mistakes or ordering the wrong size furniture. Nobody wants to pivot their brand-new leather couch into their brand-new fantasy living space.


Step 2: Plan The Layout

You don’t need to be an interior designer or an artist to plan out the architecture of your living room. You will get a better sense of the furniture you need to purchase if you take the time to sketch a layout of your room. It will help you find out whether your new bar cabinet, long sectional sofa, or favorite art piece would fit in your room. 

Consider your architecture or floor plan as a starting point for envisioning what your living room would look like. Create a list of the things that are important for you to have in the room, and then prioritize their placement.


Step 3: Select Your Style 

This is the most difficult aspect of designing the living room. However, deciding how you want to live will dictate where and how you shop for furniture. Consider the look you want to achieve: classic, contemporary, casual, formal, cozy, farmhouse, or welcoming. Choosing a design will assist you in determining what you need.

“What would I be doing in my living room?” you might wonder. “How many people will be spending their time there on a regular basis?” “Do I intend to throw parties?” “Do I love sitting in front of the TV in the living room?” Although these could seem to be random issues, they will help you figure out what kind of furniture you’ll need.

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Step 4: Decide on a Color Scheme. 

Choosing the correct paint colour is important when it comes to living room plans. Choose a color scheme that complements your furniture, the overall aesthetic of your house, and the look you want to create in this room.


Step 5: Correct Lighting is Everything

You’ll need three styles of lighting in your living room to make it look put-together: natural, task, and accent. To do this, use a combination of overhead chandeliers, table and floor lamps for accent lighting, and wall sconces for mood lighting next to the main sofa. 

Since lighting can be difficult, make sure you have a general understanding of how your living room will be laid out before purchasing lighting.

Are You Looking for Contemporary Art to Complement Your Home?

The Marshall Gallery, located in Scottsdale’s Historic Arts District, has been the center of contemporary art since its founding in 1998. Boasting a collection of paintings, sculptures, and exquisite glass pieces, the gallery hosts several exhibitions each year plus a biennial glass invitational that attracts top-notch talent. Here you will find exceptional art presented in an open and relaxed gallery space, which is perfect for browsing the ever-changing collection. Explore on your own, or allow our expert art consultants to offer complimentary assistance to find the perfect addition to your own collection. Looking for the perfect piece of art to complement your home’s decor? Visit us in person or browse our online art store!