Unity and Harmony
. While doing interior design, it is important to think of your house as one unified structure and thus, appropriate that a common design style and theme runs through. The design elements should combine together and strengthen the whole theme. Thus color schemes or shades are a good way of unifying these spaces.
Creating a Balance
. Distributing equal visual weight in a room is very important. Maintaining a balance thus becomes significant when we place accessories in different rooms but in the same way. Many of us are usually comfortable with this, but sometimes balance is also achieved by placing dissimilar objects which have equal eye attraction. Thus sometimes even a casual setting can be more lively than ordinary and otherwise stiff arrangements which are easy to setup
Building a Rhythm
. Rhythm is all about continuity, a sense of movement which we must establish between leading our eyes from one object to another while placing our decor accessories in our family room. Repeating elements or patterns in a room or progressively increasing or decreasing its qualities can work wonders while designing a room. Assuming you install a set of candles of increasing sizes on a small tray or installing pendant lighting brings more visual deli
Plan According to Your Need
. A room is usually built or designed keeping your needs in mind. Per se, you want a silent and a more homely setting, go for some nice furniture with a nice reading nook. And while setting a space for the kids, it should be made more entertaining with a table and some games with a good seating arrangement. So its very important that you first make a rough plan and move ahead with the matching furniture and accessories.
Setting a Focal Point
. While designing your room, its very important that you set a focal point, say a large media cabinet which houses most of your equipment such as your TV or Music System. But in colder places, a house is incomplete without a fireplace. Most houses practically look incomplete without a fireplace. Usually a well designed room has one or more focal points. Thus it is imperative to find out what the most eye catching feature for your room is going to b
A Smart Investment
. Once you have locked the best feature for your room, it's the time to make a smart investment in furniture, bookshelves, media units and wardrobes which will add more storage even in a limited space. Its very clear that your wardrobes and shelves will outrun many other equipments in your house, so always try to get only those items which you seem to bring more utility and value. Now deciding the color and theme of your decor is what will transfor
. Colors have a definite impact on the ambience and atmosphere you create while doing interior design for your room. It is known study that colors directly affect our mood, so when decorating its important to choose wisely. Colors can behave in three ways, active passive or neutral. Different colors are associated with different rooms, such as Lavender for the Living Room which brings relaxation, while blue color for the office brings more producti
The Definition of Your Living Room
. It is a well known saying, "Home is where the heart is". Very true indeed and what better space in our home when it is Living Room. This room is the most vital space as you entertain guests, spend time reading, enjoying, watching TV or simply relaxing. Both formal and informal space, the Living Room becomes a true delight when it has a sofa, a center table, some nice carpets, art pieces on wall and a few wall hangings or photos in a corner sectio
Traditional Style Living Room
. What we usually think of a traditional style, was indeed deeply rooted into the English style. It provides for a sleek formal furniture, classic seating silhouettes in a larger scale and some adjoining cabinets to hold all your media products. Many traditional styles of Living Room include saturated colors and heavy layers of windows to go along with your wooden furniture.
Contemporary Style Living Room
. With an extension of the Traditional Style, but which usually means more of "in the moment", this style represents a uniqueness in every form. Smooth shades and minimally patterned fabrics and accessories are a hallmark of this style. While Contemporary offers a bit of rule breaking, in return it offers abundant space and natural light to your room. The feeling is expansive without any clutter and loads of natural light among these type of rooms.
Eclectic Style Living Room
. If you are wondering what Eclectic Style is all about, then worry no more. A blend of East and West, old and new, grandiose yet humble. A total fill of things and ideas you love. But don't confuse yourself with mixing of this and mixing of that, it's a little above the thin line which we call as mess. The thing about eclectic design is it provides a common ground for each of your items to gel. It speaks of your confidence and appeal, while still
Asian Style Living Room
. This design reflects both tradition and culture. Known for its natural beauty of West part of the world, this combines both elegance and specific design customs of Asia. Accents play a very small role in this type of style, which offers clean and open spaced interiors. The placement of each object, color choice and orientation of a room is made such to bring out a harmonious vibe. Even the wooden furniture and its style vary depending upon inspir
Modern Style Living Room
. The best thing about Modern Style is it is bang on, straightforward. It goes beyond the conventions and standard ideas. With more focus on form and function, it embraces simplicity and clarity rather than artistry. It gives a very unique statement, be it through its furniture which is quite hi-tech in shape resembling Braun Appliances or its bright lighting, natural or artificial. Sometimes color contrast and glossy items tend to give an elegant
Wallpaper Style Living Room
. When ideally looking for a design and you somehow can't find it, then Wallpaper Styled Living Room is worth a try. There are so many designs and patterns, infect you can get a custom wallpaper as well. While it is important to occupy much space on the wall, it is also important that you match your surrounding accessories. Even the wallpaper should be soothing enough and provides a sense of warmth and coziness. On the other hand, if you are a fan
French Country Style Living Room
. Known to infuse a home with warmth and welcome, this living room style stems from the hills and valleys of rural France. Simple and serene, the French Country style is built on local traditions and consists of antique objects running from generations. The style combines an old world stirred well with an edge of sophistication. The French furnishing known for its elegance and functionality, be it their choice of royal colors in drapery or linen up
Recreate Your Living Room
. While re-designing your family or living room, you should consider your storage needs. Be it your furniture or your cabinets, you have to consider the space they occupy and how much storage they provide. Its all about figuring out a theme which depicts your personality and is, as welcoming as you are to your guests. Add a personal touch to your room, by painting a special accent wall, let your kids handprint it as it becomes your own memorabilia.
Setting The Tone
. Its important to set the tone of your Living Room. If you want a more elegant feel, go for a fireplace setting but assuming it's low and private, try a nice wall mounted setup which accommodates your TV as well. After deciding the big features, now its time to set your corners, bookshelves, tables. Make sure you don't overdo and its important to keep some space also. For family gatherings or evening time chit chat, try to keep a considerable amou
Establish the Purpose Of Your Living Room
. The Living Room can be a host to many activities. Incase you want a more modern and suave look, try going with a fireplace and making it the center of attraction, antique wood work sofas, round corner tables, high rise bookshelves to create the theme. But if creating a homely living room, this room should be with complete family installments, such as your TV set, a sofa, and most importantly if you have kids, how about a small kid's corner to liv
Top It Up With Some Enhancements
. Since you will be housing all your decorative items and show pieces here, its best to find cabinets or shelves that can help you keep your things neat and organized. Wall mounts and built ins offer much space be it your TV and home theater system, video game consoles, electronic gadgets, your books and even your famed crystal collection. Add it with a large table as a work station or a corner section by the window and it works wonders when you wa
Revamp Your Living Room
. Its important to bring life to your Living Room and what better than giving it with the help of some very nice and bright shades. Go with contrast and brighten it up with some accessories by maintaining them with the theme. Some of the best known home decor items include photo frames, curtains, plush carpets, pillows. As a side setting setup small coffee tables, mirrors or lamp shades which will bring light to your room. Use colorful and traditio
The Importance of Lighting
. However trivial this may seem, it can be a very mundane task when you want to decide lighting for your room. Picking the right illumination is very important so you need to keep the various lights in mind. Some provide a cool and soothing ambience, some maybe overly lit, while others shine from one corner of the room to another. So choose each light according to different settings. Read on for various types of lights and see which one fits your r
. Starting with the most classic of them all, you can always opt for this whenever you can't decide among the rest. Known for a very calm and soothing effect, these come in a variety of shapes and sizes or designs. You can try for lamp shades as well, since they are easy to change; each shade adds more color and freshness to your room.
. Cabinet lighting usually are fit underneath a cabinet or shelf and provide illumination for a particular task. Often placed in kitchen cabinets, they act as spotlights for cooking, they also provide accent brightness for living room shelves.
. The Wall Sconce provides a very modern and trendy look to your house. It is a wall mounted setting, mostly used for adding ambience and decoration. This type of lighting is usually found in a hallway or staircase as they provide dimmer, less vibrant illumination. Depending upon the shade and tone of your room, you may setup a sconce, be it modern or classic. Most living rooms do have Wall Sconce which gives it a nice and elegant feeling.
. Although not commonly used, but if space is an issue, recessed bulbs are a great option, because they take up no space at all. These lights are placed directly into the ceiling. Often used as accents in a larger space, such as a kitchen or living room, recessed bulbs are mostly used in multiples as they provide additional brightness in dark spaces. If you want lighting over some bookshelves, or want to illuminate some specific areas of your livin
. Bored with the usual concept of lights and want to try something new and creative? Look for Pendant Lights! These are smaller fixtures suspended from the ceiling by a cord, chain or metal rod. Many different styles, including drum pendants and globe pendants are found making it easy to choose one that will suit the shade of your decor. So how about you lighten up your kitchen area or say a dining table or any specific area you want to highlight w
. Chandeliers are the most beautiful type of home decor, one which has no match or reference. It holds a big significance among the wealthy as it is usually seen installed in their living rooms. Chandeliers usually combine multiple light bulbs in one unit to create a larger, a more dramatic and artistic statement piece; produce a stronger glow and often stand alone. Chandeliers are generally used in an entryway or a formal dining room.
. Just like a chandelier but a little different, its setting is made of several light bulbs in one fixture installed along a horizontal track and not together. Mostly positioned to highlight specific areas, this makes great for showcasing artwork. A great way to get a lot of illumination in one space be it your kitchen or hall way, and therefore they look good in less formal settings. Adding these type of lights to corners is highly recommended if
Setting the Right Media Furniture
. While considering products and furniture for your living room, you must make the most of those products which are going to stay for a longer period. Such is the Media storage spaces that can really make or break the look of your living room. Since it ends up becoming a primary fixed furniture, it sets the tone for the entire space. In sum it is essential that we pay attention to material and style which fit with our living room.
The Right Size of Media Furniture
. Getting a media station of the right size is the most important thing for a living room. Since it is going to hold a bit of weight, you will want it to be a sturdy structure for your TV and other media accessories. Also make sure that the width of your TV stand is greater than the width of your TV. This prevents from bumping into the sides of the TV that might be hanging off the media console, potentially knocking it over. An enclosed structure i
Get the Right Storage Space
. It is most essential that you clearly mark out the things which you can keep inside and which you can keep outside. Make a list of all such components, and make sure there's a space for everything that allows it to be used easily. Some open space is required too, as you may add to your collection as time goes on. So getting a balance of both space and closure is equally important.
The Material is Vital
. Wood tends to be the reigning champion in terms of media storage material. Veneered plywood is always a popular choice while going for a more classic and a retro tone, but you can also find media consoles and storage units in Walnut, Ash, or Oak, among other sturdy woods. While setting up a modern theme; Glass, stainless steel, aluminum and wrought iron are all possible choices as well. A majority of your need depends on what kind of look you're
Pay Attention to Aesthetics
. A good product is usually a well designed product. As far as media products are considered, a good space or ventilation bracket is required. A good media set has a good ventilation space as well. Especially when your DVD Set and TV runs for a long time, its going to throw a lot of heat. Thus a good ventilated and open media product is the key here. Choose a product with a nice and open spacing.
Organizing Your Corner
. Trying to add a little more space and want to organize your things. Get yourself a new cabinet or a wardrobe to get rid of your loose clothes hanging around. These cabinets come with the added benefit of doors to neatly tuck away your things. Individual style preference, size and usage are important factors when making this decision, so understand what you're looking for before making any purchases. These new enhancements will definitely bring mo
Setting the Perfect Size
. You would not want to setup a usual matching cabinet as compared to your living accessories. Seek out a style that complements the overall theme of your décor. Wood units will trend more traditional, while steel or metal pieces will give your room a contemporary edge. Modern cabinets or armoires may be more suitable for housing electronic equipments.
The Ideal Size of a Cabinet
. The decision is entirely based on the space needed. Are you going to be using your shelf for books or a utility item. Whatever you choose, make sure it is a sturdy one and is a bit wide and deep so that it holds much of your items. Usually adjustable shelves prove more useful as they can accommodate different sized objects. Thus it is very important that you choose the right size cabinet.
A Ladder Bookshelf
. These bookcases are mean and lean against the wall. The prominent feature of this cabinet is that these diminish in depth from bottom to top. These type of shelving save space in the room and doesn't require anything being affixed to the wall.
A Corner Bookshelf
. Usually these are great space savers and work well in offices, small rooms and apartments. Built to fit into the corners of the room.
A Wall Mounted Bookshelf
. When you have a little trouble gathering space on the floor and want to explore some options for cabinets as wall mounted; try these bookshelves. Wall mounted shelves are a great solution for sneaking in shelving. They can be as simple as only the shelves themselves, or a more complex piece with a cabinet and top and side panels. If you want to utilize wall spaces, these are a very good option to go ahead with.
Utilizing Your Cabinets Perfectly
. Though cabinets look well in your living room; these however serve a multiple purpose. Cabinets in the dining room are often referred to as buffets, credenzas or sideboards, can help you arrange your china or linens. Or you can try to install a medicine cabinet in your bath. While if using as a computer armoire, try for an ample drawer space and additional shelving.
Choosing the Perfect Rug for Your Room
. Choosing a rug depends according to the setting of your room; be it your living room, dining room, bathroom, bedroom, or hallway. Once the place for your rug is decided then choosing which type of rug for your room becomes downhill from then on.
Size Up Your Rug
. A rug is as much of a functional piece today so it's really up to whatever works best for you. Nowadays rugs are becoming a part of every room even when sitting on a chair and relaxing with your feet down you see a rug. People now tend to mix up the room format and go for a more modern and trendy look. Nevertheless wall to wall carpets are still of a tradition, some neatly designed rugs are usually found near the furniture these days. So don't al
The Perfect Material
. The type of the material of the rug again depends on the usage and its setting. If it's going at the foot of a bed, you can opt for something a little more luxurious. But if you have pets, small children; you'll want something that's durable and easy to clean or probably which doesn't get scratched more often. Jute and woven grass is a good choice to begin with. They usually hide dust better than any other material. Many carpets are highly decora
The Perfect Style
. It all depends upon you, if you can mix it well then you can make up a really stylish room. Mix and match patterns and colors to create a look that works best with your home. If you are a fan of the wild and forests, try an animal skin, mix it with matching striped sofas and chairs. Throw in some contrasting lights and what you get is one truly amazing stylish combination for your living room.
The Perfect Rug
. Now with keeping all the said factors in mind, you can go ahead and get a beautiful carpet for your Living Room. No matter how graceful and meticulous these carpets be, timely care of these carpets is also very tough task. Watch out for those wine stains or tea spills which make it very hard to remove. But no matter what, carpets do complete the interior of a Living Room. In totality this brings about a more royal look to any room.