When decorating a living room, don't be afraid to combine different styles, colors and patterns. It provides a more eclectic feel while also using favorite possessions and collections gathered throughout the years. Living rooms are best when decorated with the person's own personality.
Living room decor doesn't have to be too perfect. Add some neat clutter by having stacks of books in certain areas of the room, such as on the end of a sofa table. Use the interior style of the home as inspiration as well. A home that has a brick wall or brick fireplace has a more country feel. Therefore, using decor items like antlers and outdoor critters give it an accompanying style.
Choose a vibrant painting or a specific fabric and base the room's color palette on the colors in the piece. This works well with pieces that feature up to three jewel tones or more. Colors like jade green, sapphire blue and ruby red work well together to create a cohesive space. The same tones can be incorporated throughout the room in window hangings, lamp shades, area rugs and accent pillows.
The living room can be decorated using one main color, and various accents can be used around the room to highlight the chosen hue. Choose accent pillows or drapes with patterns that allow the chosen color to stand out. Balance the color by using pieces such as table lamps or pictures that have a metallic finish. This combines neutral elements with more daring accents to create a calming atmosphere.