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Great Home Decorating Ideas, Issue #018, September 2012
September 02, 2012

Welcome to HomeStyles, your source for the home decorating ideas, advice, resources and tips that will help create the unique decor that expresses you and your lifestyle!

I hope you enjoy this publication and find useful home decorating information. I'm always looking for ideas and feedback, so feel free to contact me!

Thanks, Candi

Living Room Decorating Ideas

What to do with the decorating living room???

It is a question I get asked often by my clients. These are common questions as well:

1) How should the furniture be arranged?

2) What color should I paint the walls?

3) What do I put on the walls? Where should the wall decor be placed?

4) My living room is so boring. What can I do to liven things up?

Most clients also tell me that they are decorating on a budget and the sky (unfortunately) is not the limit. Sigh...sure would be fun if it wasn't, but most of you reading this are probably not in that club.

There are three questions I always ask first, to set the foundation for the question of living room decorating, and to get the creative juices flowing.

First, how is this room used?

Seems like an obvious question, but not really. I was in a home yesterday, a large, beautiful home, and in the living room was one piece of furniture. A pool table.

There was a custom light fixture hanging above the table, game related items hanging on one wall, and that was it. Nothing else. is this living room used?

Once you answer that question as it relates to YOU and your lifestyle, the decorating question becomes a little clearer.

What is your budget for this project?

For some, the answer may be...nothing...just some ideas, please. And that is a good answer if it applies to your wallet at this particular time.

I work with whatever the response from my client is.

At a minimum we will work with furniture arrangement, because we can always do some interesting and creative things with placement.

Many times, the first step I take is to remove extra furniture and accessories, including wall decor, that does not serve a function and ultimately clutters up the space.

So, get that question settled and you'll be on to the next step.

The third question I ask is what formulates our plan.

What is most important to you when
decorating the living room?

The plan that results is unique for every client.

We might decide to paint the walls a new color, including an accent color for one wall that is a focal point in the space.

Did you know that by simply painting the living room you can create a totally different feel in the space? Try it.

If you are unsure about what to do, stay with a neutral color, buy a small sample and test it on a poster board to see how it looks in the space.

Or, we might decide to purchase some new accents, such as end tables, lamps and an area rug. We work within the budget and shop accordingly.

You can find an endless selection of living room furniture and accessories by shopping online. I really enjoy 'the hunt' and find unique, one-of-a-kind home decor for all budgets at One Kings Lane.

What will YOU do with these living room decorating ideas?

Need a bit more inspiration?

You'll find lots of other ideas and help decorating the living room here.

Just remember to create a space that fits you personality, budget and lifestyle. Have fun!

Do you know what your Interior Decorating Style is?

Why does it matter?

Well, if you are aware of your preferences in home decorating and design, it will be helpful when choosing a color palette and selecting furniture, flooring, light fixtures, window treatments, accessories, etc.

Want to learn more? Take this simple quiz and you’ll know where you fit into the home decorating styles scheme of design.

And, you’ll find lots of helpful information, photos, tips and advice for every style that is described.

Have fun!

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