Consider Adjacent Decorations
While it’s tempting to put a big, decorative piece of art right over the sofa in order to add some pizazz and make the space feel more cohesive, you may want to reconsider. Consider whether your decorating style is minimalist or maximalist — if you’re going for the latter, that oversized vase with flowers just might be too much of a good thing.
Next up are lamps. Since they are so often placed on either side of the couch or chair, they can provide some great decoration opportunities. You can place them on the table (if you have one), along with glass or silver bowl, to make a decorative statement. Using a few vases filled with greenery can also attract more attention than placing a lamp shade over the top of your sofa.
If you don’t have a matching floor lamp and ceiling light, consider whether or not you want to leave bare walls between seating areas, and what color scheme you’re going for.
Choose a Theme
Maybe a neutral color like gray, black or white will give your living room that serene feel. Be sure to also consider the accessories you have in your space, whether you have a fireplace or not. A warm color for a wood paneled area would compliment that structure, while lighter colors would look great against a white or black wall. Then, consider the theme of your decor — are you going for an art deco look? A rustic feel that combines a few hints of nature with a touch of whimsy? The possibilities are endless, but if the theme is just not coming together, you may want to do a little reading up on interior design.
If you have a fireplace, fill it with artificial logs or greenery. If there’s no fireplace in sight, fill any available wall area with artwork (a great way to feature some original pieces).
Play with Recycled Materials
If you’re going for a rustic, cottage, country cottage theme, you can opt to use reclaimed materials to decorate your living room. This does not always mean that you need to buy it from the local antique store. Instead, browse some thrift stores and try out some baskets. They can be made of plastic or metal and will hold almost anything you put in them. For example, a tall, wire basket can be used to hold books or decorations as an alternative to a coffee table.
Also, consider your closet — don’t underestimate it! Pull out the old wooden hangers and use them as wall decorations by hanging several of them up at different lengths. Another option is to gather old pans from your kitchen and arrange them in either clusters or rows for an interesting piece of wall decor.
Measure the Space
Choose a decorative piece that fits the space, rather than choosing a space that fits the decorative piece. Whether you have a sofa, loveseat or chair, measure the width of your living room and your sofa or seating area. Be sure to include any arms on your couch — if you have two arms on either side of the sofa and you’d like to add decor to the wall space between them, be sure to measure twice in order to find something that fits perfectly.
Add a Lamp Shade or Print on the Ceiling
A room without ceilings can be somewhat lacking when it comes to decorating. A great way to fill that space in is by adding a print on the ceiling. Look for a piece of artwork with a simple, white or light colored background so that you can find something that will blend in with your ceiling. You can purchase wallpaper meant for this purpose, but if you are looking for a twist on this classic look, try pairing your print with black and white geometric shapes.
Select the Right Color Scheme
In order to ensure your living room feels cohesive, consider the colors you will use. If possible, choose a neutral color like gray, black or white and accent with different shades of the same color. You can also base your color scheme around your favorite color. For example, if you love pink in every shade imaginable, you can choose a pink theme for the living room.
Consider Your Needs for Storage and Seating
If you have a small living room and you already have a sofa, loveseat or chair, then there may not be enough room to add much decor. On the other hand, if you want to create a more spacious feeling without having to sell your home, consider adding some accessories to your seating area. A small cabinet or table can hold several items that are in need of decorating in one place. You can also consider adding a bench where space allows.
For additional seating, consider stacking several cushions onto one loveseat or chair instead of buying an entire new piece. In addition to saving money, this could also give you a new look for your living room — you can play around with color and pattern and get creative without spending the money necessary for a couch entirely new to your home. In fact, this has been known to be a great way to save even more money.
Create a Gallery Wall
If you’re not sure what this means, it simply involves hanging up several photos on your wall as a way to decorate. Since you can use almost any type of picture you want, from black and white photography to family photos or even snapshots taken with an instant camera, you can really be creative with this idea. Either purchase a few frames or go the extra mile and paint them yourself.
Hang a Mirror on the Wall
If you have trouble choosing what to hang on your wall, consider using a mirror as an attractive decorative focal point. They are also helpful in ensuring that everyone in your home can see themselves when they are attempting to do something in the room. You can even use this trick to save money by painting your mirror white or adding some additional decor. Another fun way to add some space is by hanging mirrors from the ceiling instead of the wall. This gives the illusion of a larger room and can increase the light in the room.
Add Some Plants
So many people forget about plants when it comes to decorating, and that’s too bad! Plants are not only beautiful, but they are also beneficial for our health. As you may already know, plants help purify indoor air. For this reason, having a few plants around your home can also be helpful if you have allergies or another condition that makes breathing difficult indoors. You can add a simple vase with one or two of your favorite houseplants, or you can purchase an entire hanging garden.
Hanging maps on the wall can be a great way to showcase your travels, especially if you have been to places that are far away. You can also hang vintage maps, which can often be found at flea markets and antique stores. If you prefer a more modern, colorful look, you can even purchase paper maps and print out the places that hold special meaning for you.