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What are some great decorating ideas for the living room?

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As of 2014, the two main living room decorating trends are traditional contemporary and modern shabby chic. Incorporating ideas from either of these two trends turns a house into a home with personality and gives a living room a distinctive flair.

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A traditional contemporary living room is elegant, connected and stylish. Everything from the furniture to the window treatments to the art work to the rugs matches. Colors are usually neutral; brown and beige are popular in traditional contemporary living rooms. Splashes of color are found in accent pieces and in the rugs. Chandeliers and pendent lighting are common, as is intricate molding.

A living room trend that is quite the opposite, modern shabby chic is all about comfort and blending pieces together. Furniture may not all match, but maintaining a sense of cohesion is important. Slipcovers, particularly in floral print, are popular. White and cream are common color schemes, but hints of pastels and feminine patterns such as gingham and toile are a must for a modern shabby chic living room. Worn finishes, nicks and scuffs, and an aged look on furniture are vital for this trend. Vintage and antique flea market finds take the place of refined art work.

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