Steps To Choosing Top Living Room Decor

November 4, 2012 |  by  |  For Your Home

Mantel Shelf

When it comes to decorating a home, there are at least a thousand different things to take into consideration. Not only do you have to think about the way each room will be used, but you also need to consider the cost of supplies and furniture, whether you will do the work yourself or pay a professional, how long you intend to live in the home, and the ages and interests of the people in your household, among many other things. The decoration of a home and a living room will vary significantly depending on the personalities and situations of the homeowners and their family members. As you embark on the project of designing a living room, there are certain steps that you must take and certain aspects that you must consider.



One of the most defining aspects of home d├ęcor are the colors that are used. Generally, there are certain colors that are considered to be the height of style. These colors can change from season to season, but generally the most stylish colors will stay popular for several years. If you are the type of person who likes to always be at the forefront of style in home furnishings, you may consider choosing furniture that is somewhat neutral, and use throw pillows and other decorations to add splashes of color. Smaller items are often less expensive and easier to replace when it comes time to redecorate again in the future.

Fireplace Design

Wood Fireplace

If you have a fireplace in your living room, it can be one of the focal points of the room. The fireplace and hearth can be made of different materials. Marble, stone, brick, and wood are some of the most popular. When you look through the different fireplace and hearth choices, you will see that the same type of material can be used differently to create a variety of styles. When you select your fireplace, you can choose one that is specifically tailored to the design scheme that you like, or you can choose one that is somewhat more general in nature and that will go well with several different home decorating trends.

If you have a fireplace, you may also choose a mantel. The mantel can be made out of the same material as the hearth, or a different material. It can be a large mantel, that will hold decorative pieces, or it can be smaller, and have a picture or mirror hung above it. The fireplace in a living room can really set the stage for the entire composition of the room.


When it comes to decorating a living room, the details can make or break the whole look of the room. It is important to make sure that you think of the different functions that the room will have. Will it be a place to sit and chat with guests? Is it a place where your family can gather and enjoy the warmth of the fire? How formal do you want this room to be? As you answer these questions, you can make design choices that will ensure that your living room is not only attractive, but that it also fits the needs of your family.

About Lauren Q. Hill

Lauren Q. Hill is a freelance writer with experience in a number of different fields. She obtained her B.A. in Journalism. After graduating Lauren moved to New York City to pursue a career with a newspaper company as a journalist. After working as a journalist for several years she decided to get married and start a family.

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