How to style your living room like a designer?

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Design dilemmas

Not everyone can afford an interior designer to frame our space. Most of us prefer to style our own living room rather than spend money on an interior designer. If you are one of those, then here are a few style tips from interior designers in Bangalore –

Decide on a Colour Scheme

Most interior designers agree that getting the colour scheme right and in most cases ensuring that it matches with the personality of the people who live in the house is half the struggle. Decide on a colour palette that appeals to you and use it all in the rooms. You could also introduce a burst of colour within a sedate colour space and make it look exciting and visually appealing. Most home interior designers Bangalore would recommend a colour scheme of three shades. The rule of the thumb is to use one colour on the walls, the second one for the furniture and the third one as small accessories such as knick-knacks, flowers or pillows.

Add texture to space

Colour scheme within a room can be introduced primarily through floor tiles and wall colours. After that, the textures within the room can be added to the furniture. For example, living room furniture - sofa, couch, carpet, drapes, the rugs etc. add texture to space. Linen, cotton, wool or silk in the form of draperies, couch cushions, rugs make the space pleasing to look and issues a warm invite to your guests to make themselves at home. Each of these textures brings in their own patterns and varying hues of colours thereby adding character to space.

Balancing Big with the Small

Most common design mistakes made by amateurs is to place too many small items in a large-sized room. The result is a space that looks cluttered. One needs to balance the big with the small in any given space.

If the room is small, then go for a large statement piece like a large couch or a cabinet. Even a large painting on the wall or an antique mirror will do the trick. Mirrors are especially recommended because they add depth to space. Here the rest of the furniture can be small or multi-functional and you can add as many small pieces in terms of accessories and yet space will not look cluttered.

If the room is large, go for a large sofa and small club chairs or slender armchairs. Basically, when you mix the big with the small you have a winning combination in the space.

Contrasting Colour Palette

This is yet another winning trick from interior designers. Most of the time, even when we get the colour palette right, space seems to lack life or character. That’s because every space needs something that acts as a contrast to the rest. An all-white or grey room needs a dash of red or green. You can introduce this colour through your accessories with a vibrant painting, vase or even flowers. 

Bring in Nature

Most interior designers add flowers and plants in all rooms as a finishing touch. This is done to bring in nature into your space. The trick is to go natural so fake plants are a big no. If the maintenance of the plants is an issue then go for other natural elements such as twig, shells, feathers or a weathered wood furniture.

Unlike a few decades ago, today there are many resources available online for a layman to design their home. The trick is to have an open mind and to stay true to your own character. That’s when a well-designed home will become a warm inviting place.

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