Living Room Decorating No No’s

Limitless are the options of décor when it comes to dressing up a living room; however there are some things that just don’t belong in the living room. Our list of living room decorating no no’s is not long, but should be considered whenever dealing with living room decorating in general. The more these are followed, the more you will save yourself from ridicule, and of course, bad design karma.

We all know you love your family, and have plenty of photos to prove it, but please keep some of them in the photo album. In fact, at the top of our living room decorating no no’s list is the over doing of family photos. While you may think little Bobby looks cute as a two year old half naked in the bath, others may find it odd, and Bobby himself may in fact be embarrassed by this picture. It’s examples like this that prove that living room decorating should be kept somewhat minimal in terms of family photos. If you have more than a dozen in the room, it might be time to consider if you are part of this living room decorating no no.

Too modern, is simply stupid. If you have a taste for the exotic, make sure you balance the exotic with the basic, to create a pleasing look. We don’t need to feel like we are walking into a space shuttle every time we arrive at your living room, if you are into modern furniture; this living room decorating no no is for you. Make sure to limit the modern furniture to at most, 75% of the room’s décor. That means that for every 3 pieces of modern furniture, you need at least 1 piece of basic, non modern furniture to balance out the look.

Are you looking for a bar fight, if not, don’t make your living room a pub. One of the most common living rooms decorating no no’s is the pub like nature of some living rooms, trying to go for the playful theme. While a dartboard and a pool table might be nice, when one starts to install the beer taps, and teak wood bars, it is bound to get wild. While this might be great for a basement, if your living room is something you value, you don’t want to invite trouble like that. After all, a pub designed living room will inevitably attract a pub going crowd, those whom might not be schooled in the art of not breaking furniture.

Copyright Shrinivas Vaidya

Living Room Decoration Ideas For The Black And White Lovers

Black and white is in style again and more and more homeowners are looking to incorporate these two timeless colors into their home decor. Living room decoration is very easy and rewarding when the classic colors are successfully integrated, as they can give the room a unique and classy style of its own.

One of the easiest ways to do it is simply by applying a coat of painting to your walls in these two colors. It is a fact that black and white are everything: they are classic, contemporary, retro and yet always in style. They are not going out of fashion and you can find pretty much in every decade living rooms furnished and decorated in these two famous colors.

If you don’t feel like painting the walls again, you can add some nice zebra prints, since they have the classic color combination by default in them. The zebra rug can go very well in the room center for a prominent location. If you have guests coming over, they will really enjoy looking at the prints, and will feel entertained and comfortable at the same time. Of course you need to make sure that the furniture and seating arrangement is as pleasing and comfortable as possible for enjoying your room in full.

Another part of the living room that you can decorate in these timeless colors is your flooring. Using either marble as chosen flooring or white tiles, you can actually make the room seem much larger than it really is, so this is a great benefit for smaller homes. Just make sure that your room is as clutter-less as possible, so that you really enjoy that extra white space that you have now. You can also add some pictures on the wall with black frames, and the duo-color is complete.

You can also add black and white textured fabrics for your coaches or for your window curtains. The choices are really unlimited, and you can easily shop for many different living room accessories that are white and black, to adorn your room in style.

Living Room Decor Ideas – Spectacular Living Rooms

Whether your living room is a 21 foot length with a large picture window at one end or you live in a tiny apartment and the living room is bijou to say the least, there are living room décor ideas to suit you and your budget. You can go for cozy chic and warm up your living space or go for open-plan with vaulted ceilings and an expanse of herringbone hardwood floor. At the end of your project you will have ended up with a space that you can live in comfortably, decorated according to the space you have available. Are you aiming for a peaceful retreat, full of serenity and harmony or a more user-friendly, basic living space where you feel comfortable slipping your shoes off and putting your feet up.

If I was choosing a color scheme for my living room I would go to the cooler colors on my color wheel chart – the blues and greens which can be used in different shades to achieve a ‘joined-up’ look of cool elegance. I always make sure that, when I paint my ceiling, I use a light shade of the room’s main color on my ceiling so, if my color scheme was blue, I would use the lightest eggshell blue I could find for my ceiling and then a slightly deeper shade of blue for my walls. If you have mouldings you could paint those completely white, or go for a darker shade of blue to both the walls and the ceiling. I would use matt paint on my walls and a paint with some kind of sheen on the mouldings.

For windows, to add height, place the curtain pole as high as possible near to the ceiling. This will give your curtains plenty of drop to achieve an elegant drape. Modern décor arrangements always suggest that the fabric should be allowed to pool on the floor – never in my house. To me, artistic though it evidently is, this ‘pooling’ idea for the fabric is just a dust collector and, if you have dogs like I do, is just asking them to make a bed out of the fabric! Why did I mention this? Find out what the trends are, but that does not mean you have to follow the trends slavishly. Adapt styles to suit you and your lifestyle.

You would think, wouldn’t you, that a large picture placed on the wall in a small room would be overpowering. Surprisingly, it isn’t. I have the tiniest lounge you can imagine and, on the wall above the fireplace I have a really large picture of the Defence of Rourke’s Drift, depicting the British soldiers of ‘B’ Company, South Wales Borderers. This picture is very loud, very busy, with plenty going on in it. However, it looks absolutely fantastic in that room, almost as if the room was made to fit the picture!