Pro Tips: Living Room Design

When you picture your living room, is it the perfect combination of style + comfort? If the answer is “No,” let’s change that. Your living room is an integral part of the home, one where memories are made and special moments are celebrated. Why not create an incredible living room design with tips from the pros? Your tutorial begins now.

#1 Furniture Placement 

First, the way your furniture is arranged makes a huge difference in living room design. The couch should be the largest piece. Next, add extra seating as the room size permits. Finally, set chairs in a way that conversation flows easily. Pro tip: If you’re in the market for new furniture, measure your room before making any final decisions. Furniture that’s too big or too small will look out of place.

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Provenance® Woven Woods

#2 Area Rugs

Once you’ve decided on furniture placement, you’ll need an area rug to anchor the room and bring it all together. Be certain your rug size accommodates the furnishings in the living room design. The front section of each piece should sit firmly on the area rug. In addition, consider the way your family will use the space. This will dictate the rug material you choose. If your family includes children, a comfortable, plush rug is best. This way, the kids will willingly give up their seats to play games or watch tv from the floor. 

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Silhouette® Window Shades

#3 Custom Lighting 

Now that your living room design has been updated, it’ll be the most popular room in the house. The right lighting is important for the many activities taking place. Recessed lighting will add the necessary light to brighten even the darkest room, and, because the living room is now a multi-functional space, you’ll need accent lighting as well. Beautiful sconces, table lamps, and floor lamps provide different levels of lighting and can elevate the look of your room. Some clients add a ceiling fan to keep the room fresh, with or without lighting. 

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Applause® Honeycomb Shades

#4 Window Treatments 

With some guidance from the professionals at Skyline, you can elevate your living room design with window treatments. The selection of features we offer is incredible. Draperies can be used to bring elegance to the space by framing the view, they also bring height to the room. The concept of layering draperies with shades results in a beautiful designer look. These designer finishes will take your living room to a whole new level. 

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Custom Draperies & Roller Shades

As you complete your living room design update, identify which window covering solutions you will need. Now’s the best time to address any problem areas. (Maybe, that annoying glare that has chased you from the living room in the past.) We can help you build function into your living room design. 

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Duette® Honeycomb Shades

If your room doubles as a media space, consider window shades with a range of light control. Dual shades are a popular choice. These shades allow you to change gears at a moments notice, go from enjoying filtered daytime light to creating a dark setting for movie time. The secondary blackout shade can drop down into place and for the ultimate cinema experience at home. 

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Designer Roller Shades with Duolite®

Ask the professionals at Skyline to help with your living room design. It takes experience in furniture placement, lighting and window treatments to create the complete look and atmosphere you’ve been wanting. We’d love to evaluate your space with a FREE in-home consultation. Give the pros a chance, the results will be incredible.