Are You Decorating A Living Room?

Perhaps you have been waiting to decorate your living room until your budget would allow you to select quality furniture and original artwork. If you already know exactly which furniture pieces you want to select, and if you already have the kind of art in mind that you want to add to your living room design, you're all set. However, you might be  a bit intimidated by attacking such an important project.

After all, you'll be spending some important money on furniture and art work that you'll probably live with for many years.  from getting ideas from decorating magazines to hiring an interior decorator, here are some ideas that might help you.

Browse Through Decorating Magazines - As you look through home decorating magazines, keep an open eye for detail. For example, in one picture you might have seen a sofa you loved that has a beautiful scarf draped across the back of the sofa. Cut that picture out for future reference. Keep an open mind, too. For instance, you might see a super small kitchen table that you could use as a sofa table. That would more than likely add an eclectic feeling to your living room, right? Keep that picture for future use, too. 

Consider buying an accordion file folder that can hold magazine pictures in it. Title each section of the folder with words like Furniture, Paintings, Sculptures, Ceiling Fans, Lighting Fixtures and so on. Then, when you're ready to do the actual decorating, you'll have the file folder for reference.

Hire An Interior Decorator - Even if you're hiring a professional interior decorator to help you with your living room setting, don't hesitate to show him or her the pictures you've collected. The interior decorator will have the experience and the training to help you get the look you want in your living room. And, he or she can polish up your ideas, too. For example, if you are going with the sofa you loved, the decorator might suggest that, instead of using a scarf for an accent piece, elegant throw pillows might be a better selection.

When you get to the point that you are selecting artwork, the interior decorator will more than likely ask you what your interests are. For example, you might share that you have a love of traveling. If that's the case, the decorator might encourage you to frame posters of things like The Eiffel Tower. If you love the beach, the decorator might suggest that you use framed beach scenes for your living room walls.