The larger a room is, the harder it is to decorate. I think it’s because larger rooms have more moving parts. When you add something, you need to make sure it’s playing well with everything else in the room. So it stands to reason that a living room is going to be more difficult to decorate than a smaller room. I have a few tricks up my sleeves for living rooms, so here are some ideas to make yours beautiful.
1. Hide electronics. They are very necessary, I get that, but I don’t want to see the DVR and the DVD player if I can avoid it. I’ve hidden our TV behind these doors above the fireplace in our living room. The DVR and DVD player are hidden in the cabinet on the left. I don’t watch a lot of TV, and this way I don’t have to look at the TV when I don’t want to. You can also hide TVs— if they’re small enough—in cabinets. That’s what I do in bedrooms.
2. Use an ottoman for a coffee table. I love putting my feet up, and I don’t think I’m the only one. Otherwise there would be no recliners in the world! I want a comfortable place to put my feet, and an ottoman is the perfect solution. If we want to use the ottoman as a coffee table, I get out a tray so food or drinks sit on a flat surface. There are many, many styles to choose from.
3. Corral collections.
Collections of things can look cluttered if not contained in some way. I love displaying my personal items, and I love for my clients to, as well. A cabinet is a great place for collections. In my living room, I keep a few things—antique and new items—in my built-in cabinets. Note that I did not over-stuff the cabinet. It was definitely a temptation, but keeping it simple gives it balance and makes the view more pleasing. If these things were sitting out all over the room, it could feel very cluttered. By organizing them and keeping it simple, the room breathes. It is not overwhelmed.
Of course it’s your home, so you really need to be happy with the look. It also needs to work for your family. If you can do those two things, then it’s a win/win.
For more inspiration from Anita, check out her blog Cedar Hill Farmhouse.
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