1) Color sets the mood right
Colors more often than not define the mood of individuals at home. The colors you choose for your living room will at first affect the guests that come to your home. Set the mood right for them with energizing or relaxing colors. It depends on how warm or cool these colors are. A perfect example: Serene scheme of soft blue and white will make your room not only look spacious but also set a calm, cool, and collected feel. Elegant accessories goes best with it. A light tan carpet underfoot will warm the space and keep the cool tones in balance.
2) Finish the walls and ceilings
Usually the living room walls are treated to be more elaborate or formal than other room walls since the room is a space for guests and anyone who visits your home. To make it more welcoming which also expresses your personality, choose wallpapers or treatments that reflect your style. The walls in this room are wallpapered with a chic print. This kind of effect brings warmth and texture to the walls.
3) Cover it well with architectural trimwork
Trimwork works to cover the seams where floors and ceilings meet walls and supporting the structure around openings. Although these are done aesthetically so it doesn't just work as a cover up work. The style of trimwork also gives a distinctive look to your home, like classical, contemporary, old-world, and/or regional. Choose well as to how you want to use it in your home decor.
4) Choose stylish, comfortable flooring
Since the living room serves as a public space, choose a floor covering that provides comfort underfoot and makes a design statement as well. A perfect example: A vibrant wall-to-wall carpet that lays the foundation for a refined mix of florals and stripes. If you prefer a less bold design on floor, then choose a solid neutral flooring that draws attention on furniture or artwork of the room.
5) Create a focal point
A focal point anchors the living room and helps draw you into the space. It could be a fireplace at your home which symbolises hearth and home, or it could be the usual big screen television set which is the true center of attention. A fireplace becomes the central point that features a simple and chic look. To keep them from competing, pair them up. A less tried method is to a beautiful view or a stunning piece of art that can also serve as a room's focal point.
6) Arrange furniture for conversation
Living rooms are one where most conversations are done. Family members, friends, guests, relatives or even some professional talk, is done in this room. So why not indulge in making some space for such conversations. Living rooms are gathering spaces, so use furniture arrangement to promote conversation and interaction. Pull seating pieces away from the walls and arrange them to face each other.
People with large living rooms can break it into two conversational groups for a more comfortable, intimate feeling. Chairs and ottomans that can be pulled into the group as needed allow you to expand the circle and still keep the intimacy.
7) Promote inviting lighting
Lights are the most important aspect of any kind of home decor. Lighting in the living room should be geared toward creating a relaxed, comfortable mood. Go for layers of light, and different sources of lights so that they ensure good distribution of illumination. Table lamps that focus the light down will encourage people to sit down and relax and are great conversation accelerators too.