Vases, wall art, textiles, and more—they’re wonderful accessories to bring into a room, but sometimes it can be difficult to discern just how to use them and which ones will work best for your space. Here are some tips to decorating your living room with room accessories.
Create a focal point.
If your living room doesn’t yet have a focal point in the form of a fireplace or television, you can use room accessories to create one (or direct attention to one, rather). You might select a bold piece of wall art and mount it over your fireplace, turning your fireplace into the true center of attention in your living room. Or, you might opt for decorative window treatments that draw attention to a stunning view outdoors.
Involve inviting lighting.
Since the living room is so often the center of hosting and conversation, it’s important to make it an inviting space. Create the right ambiance with appropriate lighting, opting for decorative pieces that work together to create layers of light. Be sure to position your light sources in such a way that they evenly distribute illumination throughout the room.
Position wall art wisely.
There are several great rules of thumb to go by when it comes to placing artwork on your walls. First, there are certain key areas where artwork looks best in a living room, above the sofa being the most popular. (Other areas will depend on what open walls you have in your living room.) Second, hanging height matters. The center of your artwork should be at eye level, though when you are orienting artwork around seating, you can afford to go a little lower. Many designers suggest positioning the bottom of artwork so that it is about 8 to 10 inches above the top of the sofa. Third, the size of your artwork also matters, as it should be scaled accordingly to the seating around it. Artwork above a sofa should be about two-thirds the length of the sofa.
Think in threes.
When it comes to setting out smaller pieces of decor such as vases and candles, odd numbers, and especially groups of three, tend to be more pleasing to the eye. And instead of positioning them in a row, try orienting them in more of a triangle. This works best when you incorporate differing heights and link your three items with some common feature, such as a common texture, color, or or shape.
When in doubt, less is more.
When in doubt, keep the decor light, allowing you room to breathe in your living room. This applies especially to bookshelves, which homeowners are often tempted to fill. A living room must remain practical even while decorative. Keeping things simple, and not too cluttered, will help you maintain the freedom to actually live in your living room and use it for its intended purpose.