4 Living Room Design Ideas For Any Budget

4 Living Room Design Ideas For Any Budget

I like to think of the living room as the place where we can connect with our friends and family. I make sure that guest feels not only welcome there but also at home. Mi casa es su casa!

If life is theater, then my living room is one place where I can set the stage daily, weekly, monthly, or seasonally. To receive guests easily and comfortably:

1. A living room should ideally have one- and sometimes two- conversation areas, with the focal point being a coffee table or a fireplace. This tends to concentrate the conversation (and also makes it more fun and intimate).

2. On my coffee table, I might display a pile of books I enjoy; or a grouping of dazzling crystal candles around a low vase packed abundantly with flowers; or a tall, thin vase with a single bloom or tropical leaf. The point is to create harmony by choosing among three or four elements, such as books, candles, and a floral or decorative objet d’art.

3. Whatever mood I choose, it’s always set when my guests arrive. By lighting Candles, I can add instant ambience for everyone and everything surrounding my coffee table. And I make sure there is stiff sufficient space all around to place glasses, an ice bucket, and a tray of hors d’oeuvres.

4. I recommend that you keep personal photographs all in one place- atop the piano or a chest of drawers- but not on every single flat surface. Yes, the sight of photographs scattered everywhere can be homey and welcoming, but it can easily get out of hand. I place all my personal photos in my bedroom, library, or den.  

-Colin Cowie

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