How to Make a Difficult Design Choice for Your Living Room

Your living room is the heart of your home, where you socialize, relax, and rewind.

Designing such an important space to be an area that you can enjoy all of these activities in can be frustrating and intimidating.

If you are finding yourself unable to commit to a design for your living room, here are a few tips that will help you feel confident in your decisions!

Go With Your First Instinct

According to Prototypr, your gut reaction to decorations, colors, or ideas are actually a very good indicator of what you will enjoy in the long run.

If you look at a layout, a furniture piece or a model home example and feel excited about the thought of owning that yourself, that is proof that your brain is pleased by the aesthetic of that image and can enjoy it in person.

Make those ideas that stand out to you initially, a priority. Then come back to them and weigh the pros and cons, and determine whether those cons outweigh that primary excitement.

Play it Safe

Versatility is key to a design you can feel confident in—if you end up not enjoying a decoration or layout after a short amount of time, give yourself the ability to change it up without having to spend more money!

Colors are a huge part of this versatility. According to Complete Dezign, neutral colors will never go out of style, so they make a great safe option.

You can change your accent colors as you desire, switch up decorations depending on the season or occasion, all against a stable, stylish backdrop you are comfortable with.

Trial and Error

Most of all, be prepared for trial and error. The wonderful thing about décor today is that stores (more often than not) allow for returns!

If it is difficult for you to picture the collective look of the pieces you have gathered, buy with the intent to return what you end up not liking. According to Curbed, you should set up the room a few different ways, and make your ideas tangible.

This may require a larger budget for those initial purchases and a mindset of “investing” in your dream room, spending a bit more now with the promise that you will get some of that money back.

This way you can feel more confident about having made the decision you are sure you love.

You can trust your own decisions to create a space you will love. Go with your gut, keep it largely versatile, and be willing to try things out!

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Maire Shield

Maire Shield worked for 15 years as an interior design consultant in Albuquerque and is now retired after selling her business. She now shares her experience and knowledge through blogging to help other people create a beautiful home for themselves.

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