Select the job
The first step to take when creating a new living room is to think about how you will realistically use the space. Whether it is a space for the family to gather for movie nights, a room to entertain guests or an area to play and relax, creating the function of the space is the basis for how the entire room integrates.
Create the layout
The space planning of the room should come before choosing furniture, colors and accessories. This will help you create the most practical and useful design that maximizes space. Taking accurate room measurements will help you assess where the furniture should be placed, how large the rug should be, where to hang art and other design decisions. Remember that you must define a focal point and design the space around the focal point. Also, all seating should have an end table or easy access to a coffee table, which is an ideal source of light, such as a floor lamp or table.
When sizing the rug, there should be at least the front legs of all the seats on the rug, and preferably all the legs. Additionally, there should be approximately three feet between large pieces of furniture to create comfortable aisles, and the coffee table should be approximately 12 inches from the sofa.
Select color palette
Choosing your own color scheme for the room will help you refine the pieces of furniture in that palette to create a cohesive look. The tried-and-true décor rule for choosing a color palette is the 60-30-10 rule. This means that 60% of the room should be a primary color, 30% a secondary color, and 10% an accent color. This could mean blue, white, green, green, blue, pink, white, tan, and blue, among countless other color combinations.
You can start shopping for pieces of furniture to fit the measurements using the layout. One of the best starting points is choosing the rug and sofa first. The rug can help adjust the aesthetic look of a room, and the sofa is usually the largest and most important piece of furniture. Once you’ve identified these two key pieces, you can start choosing additional seating, tables, and other accent pieces.
Layer in Lighting
Every room should have a variety of lighting, including ambient, task and accent lighting. This can be a combination of overhead lighting, table lamps, floor lamps, and wall sconces.
The last step is to equip the room with accessories. The most interesting places are a mixture of personal items, purposeful art, delicate family photos and accessories collected over time.