Define and Highlight Your Style with Living Room Accents, as one of the most trafficked spaces in a home, the living room is primed to showcase your style preferences. The large pieces in your living room definitely play a role in the tone and appeal of the space, but it’s the living room accents that play a critical role in defining and highlighting your style. Choose wisely, and your guests and other house members will love to spend time in the living room environment you’ve created. This article presents some great ideas for living room accents that aim to inspire and delight. While animal head mounts have certainly become more popular and more common recently, there are still ways to use this idea in your living room décor in original ways. Different colors, sheens, and/or other coatings on an animal wall mount than what are generally expected give it just the right amount of personality and individuality. A sophisticated twist that showcases great style (and a sense of humor). Contemporary Area Rug. Living room rugs can be interesting beasts, really. If your décor is spare, you might want to bring in some visual interest with a heavily patterned rug. If your room already has multiple things going on, a sparser rug might be in order. Play off the lines and proportions of your living room to select a great rug… and make sure it’s big enough for your space. Modern, Industrial Wall Art. Artwork is an integral part of successful living room accents. Of course, wall art can and does take a variety of forms. Consider a simple industrial piece out of thick gauged wire to suggest movement and great taste as one of many modern living room ideas. (This piece has great DIY potential as well!). Organic Elements Blended. Handwoven upholstery on a single side chair or set makes for a fantastically unique living room accent piece. Really raise the organic, world market vibe by pairing it with other earthy elements, such as a fur throw pillow, ceramic bowl, and plenty of wooden elements. One of the most beautiful aspects of the use of natural materials in design is their uniqueness, and a stone- or rough-cut wooden sofa side table provides just that. Wrought iron legs on this natural side table make it a perfect living room accent piece for any number of styles. Unexpected Gilding. Antlers are nothing new in the world of décor, particularly in rustic settings or those seeking an element of unpretentious natural appeal. But the charm in this coffee table arrangement comes in the unexpected gilding of one of the antlers. It’s subtle, whimsical, and completely charming. Glass-Topped Coffee Table. finch table camp chairs and glass top coffee table, When an interesting coffee table’s base can serve as a foundation for an artistic vignette, a glass table top is a great choice. This also works well in small living rooms (glass = visually lightweight) or above area rugs that might be on the “busier” side, aesthetically. Bold Color, bold Statue. Living room accents are so fun to play around with, largely because the living room tends to be the home’s main gathering, mingling space (perhaps tied in hang-out popularity with the kitchen). A life-sized statue of a beloved or interesting animal, for example, becomes the backbone of the space’s personality. Who wouldn’t want to sit comfortably in chartreuse-and-chrome club chairs and observe the great outdoors with such a statue? (Or should we say, “Whoo”?) Things-Are-Not-As-They-Seem Lamp. Its shape is largely traditional, but the surprise two-dimensional aspect of this rustic, reclaimed-wood lamp is anything but. This simple unexpected detail catapults this piece into contemporary design, but with a definite cottage-appeal twist. A loose and wrinkled lampshade also provides casual charm. Pull-Up-A-Chair Pillow Stack. Seating options make a living room what it is just as much as anything else, and for the comfortably welcome home, a stack of lusciously worn leather poufs is just the thing. Piled up in a corner, this adjustable seating option certainly serves as a deconstructable living room accent piece. Symmetrical pops of color. In a neutral living room space, there tends to be a certain sense of order and predictability. Adding in a bit of color is often helpful for infusing the space with energy and fun, but if the color accents fall too far outside the realm of structured order, it can seem disharmonious. Hence, the practice of incorporating pops of color in somewhat predictable, pleasing ways – symmetrical red throw pillows, for example. Universal Sunburst Mirror. Sunburst mirrors have made acomeback in the past decade or so. While they might seem like a piece that could be overdone, it’s quite amazing how individual yet universal the sunburst mirror design is. I believe a person would be hard-pressed to find a living room in which some kind of sunburst mirror wouldn’t “work.” Unique seating options from rattan and leather. Have you ever remembered someone’s house based on one piece alone? That can absolutely be the case if you incorporate a standout living room accent by way of unique seating. This leather-upholstered wicker number (is it a rocker, even?!) is easygoing and chic; a perfect combination of beachy-suave. Be sure any seating in the living room has great lighting options to encourage visitors to sit and stay awhile. Versatile Coffee Table. Versatile coffee table design Perhaps one of the biggest stars on a furniture piece’s resume comes from its ability to multitask. A versatile coffee table is definitely a heavy-hitter when done correctly. If it has style AND separates, seats, and/or stores stuff, give your living room’s coffee table a thumbs-up next time you’re in the room. Who knows? The table is talented enough that it just might high-five you back. Easygoing Upholstery. For the homeowner who likes to not take him/herself too seriously (and who wants visitors to feel the same sense of ease and acceptance), non-traditionally upholstered pieces in the living room work wonders. We love the colorful accents in this inviting space – golden yellow, comforting cottage green, and plenty of white and wood elements. Leggy Lighting. Many of us look for opportunities to break up the large chunks of mass that tend to accumulate in the living room, such as the sofa, club chairs, even fireplace and armoires. One way to do this is through living room accents such as lighting. Choose a streamlined floor lamp with an oversized shade for a balanced aesthetic statement. Furniture with a Built-In Appeal. Most of us love built-ins, but sometimes it’s hard to think of anything but bookshelves when it comes to a built-in look. However, a chunky attached “side table” with an accompanying brass lamp are living room accents that give this loveseat an unabashed custom aesthetic. Beautiful! Double-Pillow Chair Back. The no-nonsense colors of this unexpected chair are part of its perfect charm. Emphasizing pillows or other soft textiles in your living room accents is a lovely way to bring comfort into the space, both visually and tactilely. Classic Lighting. Among our favorite living room accents is lighting that reeks of sophistication, shine, and simplicity. This balance isn’t an easy one to strike, but a basic pharmacy floor lamp in brass is hard to mess up in living rooms of almost any size and style. Oversized Wall Mural/Accent. Get a massive bang for your decorative buck by adding in an oversized piece on a living room wall. This becomes an automatic focal point and, despite its massive size, actually simplifies the decorating requirements of your space. The light-on-dark motif is particularly striking.
Yellow adds optimism to your home, prompting feelings of happiness in all who enter. Interior designer Lisa Teague, designer of Quiet Home Paints, says most people know their color preferences — they just do not know that they do. "It‘s an intuitive process," she says. "My job is to explore with my clients their reactions to color. Do they lean toward clean colors or do they like a little earthiness?" Green represents renewal and lends a calming feel to a room. You can identify these preferences on your own. Experts advise pulling inspiration from a variety of sources. Collect photos of rooms that appeal to you. Find inspiration in a piece of artwork or fabric where you can already see how the color relationships play out. And don‘t forget to look inside your closet. Is there a scarf, a blouse, a wrap or a tie that you gravitate to again and again? Changing how you think about color can give you the confidence to make bold decisions. Designer Andrea Brooks says she approached the design of her own living room by starting with her long-time favorite color. "I’ve always loved pink," she says. "I know I feel my best and most confident when Iam wearing pink, and because of that, I was not afraid to bring it into my own living room." If you long for serenity, using the color gray in your home decor is a great place to start. But Brooks did not just pick just one pink, and she didn‘t count on it to do all the work: "By layering different shades of pink and layering in different textures through fabric, the pink reads as a neutral," she says of the room where she entertains friends or works on design projects. "It gets my creative juices flowing. It‘s an instant pick-me-up." If you want a color that encourages your family and friends to slow down and relax, brown can be the solution to your problem. Photo courtesy of West Elm. Brooks‘ careful approach to color combining and textural layering speaks to the interplay of all the painted surfaces, the fabrics, the wooden furniture, the accessories and the art that sets a good room apart. Some designers even take the wall color (or a paler version of it) into surprising territory. "Nobody wants to notice a big white geometric shape [the ceiling] when entering a room," says Lisa Teague. "I often carry my wall color up and over the ceiling so that you see the color rather than the shape of the wall. And of course, there are some architectural features that one wants to enhance. Color is a great tool for doing so." Reds, oranges, lime green and turquoise tend to bring excitement and stimulation to a space. Whites and pale blues and greens tend to soften it, expand it and give it a restful feel. Grays and blacks bring moodiness and drama. So choose with care. The palette you choose for your living room could excite you enough to make you want to throw open your doors with enthusiasm - or sigh with relief at such a heavenly respite from the outside world.
Use smart strategies to make your small living room feel larger. When carefully planned, a small living room can be both attractive and user-friendly. When you take the time to consider your storage needs and daily lifestyle, you can create a small but smart living room that increases the enjoyment of your home. "Make sure the furniture you choose for your small living room is appropriate for the space," says eco-friendly designer Robin Wilson, CEO of Robin Wilson Home of New York City. "For example, avoid sofas with skirts. You want to go for furniture raised off the floor." A tall lamp that draws your eye up and adds height to the room or a stylish chair with a pop of color or interesting back are other tools Wilson likes to use to make a small living room feel larger and give it personality. Other simple ideas, like going for a space-saving flat-screen TV or a laptop that hides out of the way instead of a stationary desktop computer, keep the area free from clutter and allow traffic flow in and out of the room. But try to resist the urge to use only small pieces in your small living room. Instead, consider an oversized chair that gives unexpected scale to the space, suggests San Francisco interior designer Jonathan Rachman. "Oversized wall art also expands the room," says Rachman. "Doing an accent wall color stretches and deepens the room. You can use a complementary color or something that offers contrast: You can have three walls neutral and then take that same color and use the deepest version of that color for the accent wall." Creating the illusion of more space is the way to go, believes Rachman. A great area rug can be used to mark a seating area, or you can paint a pattern, like chevron stripes, on your hardwood floor to create borders to help the room feel more spacious. And just because you have a sofa doesn‘t mean you have to have a standard coffee table. "In a small living room, you can use ottomans or stools that move out of the way when you need the space," says Rachman. "Just make sure to consider how you need that room to function and if there are any special requirements. For example, if you need a pullout sofa for guests." Think about traffic flow when you arrange furniture, but avoid placing all the pieces in one corner of the room. Also consider pulling your sofa away from the wall. This simple move gives you space to add a console table that offers open storage and a place for displaying your favorite collectibles.
Many small living room ideas revolve around tricking the eye into making the area appear more spacious. Such strategies can transform an area that feels cramped and claustrophobic into one that feels cozy and aesthetically pleasing. Decorate in a way that maximizes light and space, and pay attention to how you use color, scale and weight. It can make quite a difference. It’s interesting to try new things. Sometimes traditional ideas about living room decor aren’t the best solution for a small space. Instead of using blinds for window treatments, use long, flowing drapes because they draw attention to vertical space, thus expanding the area of the room. Your living room, regardless of size, should be able to function as a space for relaxation and entertaining. Here are some of our favorite ways to make it feel more spacious. Designers often place mirrors strategically in small places in order to make them feel larger. One of the most common small living room ideas is to hang a large mirror in a central location to create a focal point. To reflect light and add a nice ambiance, put it behind a light source such as a candle or pendant lamp. If possible, position a mirror across from your window so it will reflect the view and give the illusion of another window. A room has a vertical dimension as well as a horizontal one. If your living room has a high ceiling, make the most of the extra space by decorating it in a manner that draws the eye upward. Floor-to-ceiling drapes are a stylish way to accomplish this goal. Another idea is to fill the vertical space with a menagerie of small to midsize artwork. This technique will make the room feel larger than it actually is, because it invites the eye to roam beyond the eye-level horizontal space that may feel confined. Neutrals and wood tones. One of the most popular small living room ideas is the use of neutral colors on walls, floor, ceiling and furniture upholstery. A palette of off-whites or beiges will expand the space by appearing to push back the walls. Soft hues also tend to illuminate a room by reflecting light. In addition to enlarging an area, a neutral palette imparts instant sophistication and creates a calming environment. When you shop for furniture, consider its visual weight. This concept refers to the perceived heaviness of an object based on size, color and design. Pick out pieces that have a lightweight appearance, as heavier ones will seem to constrict a space. Opt for pale colors over darker ones, and select pieces that have legs while avoiding those that are boxy. Glass coffee or end tables will take up less visual space than wooden ones because you can see through them. Any furnishings that don’t obstruct views will make an area seem more open. A list of small living room ideas would not be complete without the recommendation to select furniture that won’t overpower the room or appear to dominate the space. A sofa with thin arms and a tightly upholstered back is preferable to one with substantial arms and a multi-cushion back. If space is tight, you could do without a couch completely, either choosing a loveseat or opting to position four chairs around a coffee table. When picking out chairs, consider armless ones because they will take up less space than a model with arms. What are your favorite ideas for making your small living room look larger?
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