Contemporary Decorating Tips
A living room is not a workspace, but it can be a hard working room, balancing the dual purpose of welcoming outsiders and providing you with a private haven. Here are some tips for designing a contemporary living space with the right balance of formality and living!
Set a deadline and a budget (and make it realistic)
The first step in designing any space is to know your boundaries. It's likely you do not have $100,000 to design your space and, no matter when you start, it won't be finished by next week. By simply setting a date on your calendar by when you'd like to have it designed, and setting a few budgetary guidelines, you can begin working backwards to meet your design needs.
Most rooms in the house have a clear function. The bedroom is for slumber, the bathroom for bathing, the kitchen for cuisine and the office for work. Consequently, each of these rooms has a focal point (the bed in the bedroom, for instance), which is the starting point for furniture placement, color schemes and decorating ideas. The focal point in the living room, however, is not always so clear. Thus it must be intentionally selected. HINT: Do NOT let it be the television. Instead, it could be an antique hutch or a large picture window with a great view.
Take a step back
Remove everything from your walls, tables and flat surfaces and start fresh. In a contemporary space, less is more. Your eye needs a chance to breathe as it looks across the room. It's not necessary to strip the home of all personal touches, but designate just one area for personal photos and use frames that are similar in color or material for a clean look.
Become a Stylista
Once you're left with the bare bones of your accessories, consider the following for your decorative displays:
Make it work
Remember that good design is about comfort and functionality, and about blending styles that work for everyone in the home.