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Choosing Your Living Room Aesthetics: What to Keep In Mind

Taliah Karim November 1, 2022
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The living room is probably the most exciting yet challenging space you’ll have to design and decorate in your home. Creating a functional, yet enjoyable space for you, your family, and any guests to enjoy can take time, energy, and serious planning! With several aesthetic styles available, it can get hard to make up your mind.

Start With Purpose

The first step to designing your living room is to determine its purpose. Will this be a formal living room for hosting guests and events, or will it be a casual family room for lounging? Having a clear purpose for the living room from the get-go will help you make key decor decisions when you need to.

Focus on Your Aesthetic

What is your decorating style? What are you most drawn to? The farmhouse style is very popular these days. Other popular decorating styles include Modern, Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian, French Country, and Modern Coastal.

Color Scheme

The color scheme of your living room will often be determined by your decor style, but don’t be afraid to experiment with different color schemes that you are drawn to. The farmhouse-style decor is often colored with neutral browns, vintage whites, and faded blues. Mid-century modern decorating colors include dark browns, rich greens, and mustard yellows. Scandinavian decor features gray tones, sharp blacks, and stark whites. French Country-themed living rooms are often medium brown and white, with pale blue or pink accents mixed in. Coastal-themed rooms unsurprisingly feature lots of turquoise, navy blue, and sea green. Whatever colors you are drawn to, it’s good to have a palette in mind!


Given that furniture can be quite pricey, you may wish to spread out your purchases over time. If you’re not sure what to buy first, think big — literally. Start with the larger pieces to ground the room. While symmetry isn’t the goal, be mindful of not overloading one side of the room with too much furniture. In the same vein, resisting the urge to push furniture against the walls will help maintain this sense of balance and add to how intimate the room feels.


Selecting a light fixture for your living room is often one of the most daunting tasks of the design process. Most people opt for one central ceiling light fixture to illuminate their living room. Depending on your ceiling height, you could opt for a flush mount, a hanging chandelier, or something in between like a pendant light!


  • Define the room with rugs
  • Accent with tables
  • Layer different textures
  • Add personality
  • Paint
  • Greenery


Finding the perfect aesthetic for your home can be challenging. It will take some time and effort to find a style that works for you. In most cases, it doesn’t hurt to get some expert insight on how you can make your room look amazing.

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