July 27th, 2015

5 Smart Living Room Decorating Ideas


A well-designed room should be a beautiful reflection of your life. But there’s no need to settle for a matched set of furniture. You can create a one-of-a-kind home you love that is as unique as the people who live there. When it comes time to gather new living room decorating ideas for your home, it’s important look for pieces that make sense for your home and the way you live. If you have toddlers or pets, you’ll want to consider their unique needs as well. Beyond the practical aspects of furnishing your home, a living room is the perfect space to show off your personality and the uniqueness of your family. It should be a beautiful room that you enjoy spending time in!

Here are five living room decorating ideas to inspire you.

1. Play up a focal point.

Do you have a fireplace or a great cabinet? Give it the prominent attention it deserves as the focal point in the room. A fresh paint color, new tile or special hardware can set a piece apart as a special feature in the room.

2. Use flexible pieces.

Nothing is more useful than multipurpose furniture that can easily be pulled around to a new location. Small sofas, love seats or settees are a flexible size that will fit in most any room. Ottomans can serve as a coffee table, footstool or extra seating at a party.


Living Room Decorating Ideas


3. Tell your family’s story.

Find ways to bring your family’s history and memories into your living room décor. A wall of art from your travels, your great grandma’s table or a memorable accessory you found on your honeymoon all have great stories to tell. Mix in old and new items and think outside the box for one-of-a-kind accessories and art that creates a more interesting home.

4. Go for a comfortable balance of colors and neutrals.

A blend of soothing neutrals mixed with your favorite colors and patterns gives you the most flexibility in your space. A neutral backdrop makes decorating easy! As your style evolves and seasons change, you can simply update your color scheme and paint colors to reflect your current preferences. What colors create the mood you want for your living room? Paint the walls with a neutral color that can be the perfect backdrop for the colors and accessories you want to display. Add a punch of color and pattern personality with rugs, throw blankets, pillows and accessories.

5. Incorporate storage pieces.

Every room should have some storage, whether it’s a console table, dresser, bookcase, lidded bench or baskets. What can you repurpose for additional storage? Find something unique and unexpected to increase the function of your room. Paint an old dresser or trunk to add more space for stashing the necessities for your living room. Think through simple ways to keep the clutter out of view and stay organized with the things you need close at hand.

Don’t know where to start? Find one piece you love and build a room around it.

I hope these living room decorating ideas inspire you to personalize your home!

have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.