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Beginner’s Guide to Living Room Decor

Your first living room decor might be a frightening task, but we are here to help!

If you’ve just started thinking about decorating your living room, you might be overwhelmed with all the options available. Colors, furniture, accessories, placement… it’s a world of endless possibilites. Read these tips on how to get started with your decor style in mind.

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The first thing to figure out about yourself is what your decorating style is. Looking at photos of living rooms helps you do that by giving you signals along the decor road to help guide your decisions on furniture, paint colors, window coverings, floor covering and accessories.

Beginner's Guide to Living Room Decor


A common problem people have is not knowing how to arrange their living room furniture. Often people push a sofa against one wall, a couple of chairs against another and that’s it. But arranging furniture is something that requires a little more planning, with important considerations like choosing a focal point, creating conversation areas, and considering traffic flow. 


Beginner's Guide to Living Room Decor

Area Rugs

Area rugs can be a huge trouble spot and a challenge to get right in your room. There are several reasons why it’s important to use them, but you must know the rules before you buy any rug simply because you like it. The most important consideration with any area rug is the size. When an area rug is too small it can make the entire room look disjointed so make sure you know the best size for your room and the way your furniture is arranged. All the furniture should be sitting on top of the rug and there should be about 10-to-20 inches of bare floor between the edges of the area rug and the walls of the room.


Beginner's Guide to Living Room Decor


You should include each of the three main types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent. Light sources should be placed at different levels throughout the room. Consider overhead chandeliers or recessed lighting, table and floor lamps, and wall sconces.


Beginner's Guide to Living Room Decor

Paint colors

Choosing just the right paint color is something a lot of people struggle with, and if there’s one thing that most people do wrong, it’s choosing the paint color first. Painting is relatively easy (painting can be a pain, but it’s not difficult), and it’s inexpensive, so choose your more expensive pieces first and then choose a color based on them.

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