Living Room Decor – From the Inside Out Or the Outside In?

When decorating a living room for the first time or even the fiftieth time, the ever looming question remains: should you build the room from the inside out or from the outside in? This has never been an easy question to answer and it’s not one that should be taken lightly.

If you design your living room from the outside in, you’re very likely to create a perimeter that will leave you feeling trapped in a room that has too much room to swim in. It both makes sense and doesn’t make sense. Building a perimeter around the walls of the room will only mean that there is too much around the outside and not enough on the inside of the room. Your living room is going to be one of the most high traffic areas of your home, no doubt…isn’t everyone’s? So why would you want it to be uncomfortable with a complete lack of Feng Shui?

Of course, decorating your living room from the inside out may have the opposite effect but just as devastating consequences. Many who design the living room from the inside out find that items are cluttered closer to the center of the room and there’s not enough living space-it’s a living room for crying out loud! There should be living space.

Never fear. There is a happy medium. The first thing you should do with your living room is choose a focal piece. For many in our society this is usually the television set. Although, for design’s sake, I recommend starting with an area rug that you love, want people to see and that you truly want to be a living part of your living room.

Choose the location that you feel best suits your area rug-this will depend on the theme of your room and the shape and size of your area rug; for instance, if you have a modern area rug to go with a modern theme, the center of the room might not be the best location and if the rug is half the size of the room, you may want to make sure it is in exactly the center of the room. Once you’ve settled on the perfect place for your area rug, you can start placing furniture, keeping in mind how much of your rug you want to be seen and how much you want to sit under a couch, where never an eye may lay sight upon it.

I’ve found over the years that having this type of focal point, whether it be the television, an area rug, a favorite plant, a coffee table or a chair, can truly bring a sense of comfort and freedom to your living room while at the same time bringing in discipline and an obvious sense of style.

And remember, even with a large room, you can create a focal point by pairing two area rugs or two coffee tables as your focal point.