Marita Tasse - CRS, ABR, SRES, GRI, LMC - RE/MAX Prof Associates |


Your living room is one of the most used rooms of the house. It’s where the family gathers and company comes to chat. If the furniture in your living room is not arranged comfortably, then you may not enjoy the space as much as you should. Heed the tips below in order to get the furniture in the living room is arranged for comfort and practicality.  


See How Conversations Will Play Out


You want your living room to be a place where face-to-face conversation actually thrives. Even in the age of the smartphone, people still like a certain kind of connection with one another. Make sure that food and drinks will be in easy reach and that the seating is arranged in a way that allows everyone to be involved with a conversation. 


Use Dividing Factors


If you have a large living room, you’ll need to divide the space with either a room separation apparatus or a piece of furniture. Using furniture actually keeps the room cozy and free from feeling stuffy. If the living room bleeds into another room with an open floor plan, this becomes especially important. Use a sofa, and allow it to face away from the dining area in order to divide the conversation spaces and keep your home’s interior design flowing. 


Use A Focal Point


Most living rooms have a TV or a fireplace, or both. You can keep both on the same wall, or create separate spaces for both activities in order to have some division in the room. There are many different strategies that can be used in order to keep both the fireplace and the television in the same space without making a dizzying focal point.


Think Outside The Box


By arranging your furniture at a diagonal, or different angle than simple straight lines, you’ll be able to give your living room some flavor. First, set the sofa and the coffee table, then create the rest of the space around these establishing angles. This will make the room feel bigger and give it a sense of symmetry with flavor.          


Matching Furniture Gives Flow


By getting matching sofas, chairs, and side tables, you’ll be able to create a sense of symmetry in the room. The way you arrange the furniture ultimately depends on your needs and tastes, but you’ll have a few anchoring pieces to work with that will allow you to make the living room your canvas and your furniture your subjects. Have fun playing with the layout and design of the room. There’s really no right or wrong answers, just simply what will make you happy and what looks good in the space.


Choosing an interior decorator to handle your home remodeling project can be tough. You want to have the best result and everything to look exactly as you dreamt it. Because you will be spending a large amount of money on the project, it is crucial that you choose the perfect person or company to take charge of the job for you.

Here are a few things to contemplate so that you hire a great interior designer for your home or living space:

Communication

Any successful interior design project depends on the client and the designer being able to communicate well. The interior designer must able to provide regular updates and ask for the client’s opinion in all areas of the job. When interviewing an interior designer, ask about their design process to see how they involve you in the process.

The Rule of Three

To pick the right person for a job, the rule of three suggests that you should meet at least three designers. Meeting several designers allows you to get a feel for different styles, personalities, and quotes. After seeing three designers, chances are you may not have found the "chosen one" but you would have learned what you definitely don't want.

Be prepared for the meeting.

Bring your mood board, inspiration pictures and your existing floor plan to the meeting with the interior decorator so that you can have an informed conversation. Your preparation also means that they have to speak based on what is available so you can easily tell if they are learned or not. It also passes along the impression that you know precisely what you want and won't be pushed around. While it also creates a design bias, it's a practical way to find out bad fits for you.

Budget

Be honest about how much you want to spend on your project so that the designer can give you options that are achievable for you. The budget determines what the designer will recommend. It also leads to the conversation of which rooms are the priority or high rollers. All these help you to know what the discussion and final project will look like if you hire the person.

Follow your guts.

If you don't like the person upon first impressions, chances are you may not work well with them no matter how great a fit they are. You must be comfortable with whoever you choose to design your home.

Now that you know how to pick an interior decorator for your project start that process today.


Most of the activities at home happen in the living room, so it is usually a part of the house that gets a lot of interior design attention. A luxurious living room must also be relaxing and comfortable so that people can sit to enjoy the company of one another. Also, your living room design is a reflection of your personality; therefore, it must be beautiful and luxurious. Whether you like a modern, retro or contemporary design, here are five interior designs ideas for your living room.

Create a Focal Point

Creating a focal point in the living room is an excellent idea. It can be a beautiful view from a large picture window, an attractive piece of art, or a peaceful fireplace. A focal point will always attract the attention of people, and most of the furniture choices will complement the centerpiece. You must make sure that your living room is not cluttered which defeats the purpose of creating a focal point. 

Lively colors can set a luxury mood

Another cool way to brighten up your living room is the use of color to create a lively atmosphere. Here's how to set the mood with your living room’s color. •Use a tone-on-tone palette to give your living room a soft and sophisticated appearance•Deep, dark colors can make a large room feel cozy•Make your living room feel calm and relaxing with pale blue and white colors

Living lighting is also important 

Your living room's lighting should create a comfortable and relaxed mood. Proper lighting in the living room indicates luxury and glamour. Layer lighting is the best because there is even distribution of illumination. For instance, a table lamb that focuses the light down will lure people into sitting down to relax. Also, you have more control over the mood of the room with dimmer light to set the mood as required.

Arrange the Furniture for Cozy Conversation

Set your living room furniture in such a way that those seated in the living room can see one another and can discuss without having to raise their voices. 

Wallpapers can reflect your style and personality 

A wallpaper with a chic print will bring a feeling of luxury, warmth, and texture to your walls. Also, you can also decide to make your living room look beautiful and classy with architectural trim works. Another cool way to use your living room wall is by hanging beautiful works of art and attractive family picture frames.

Make your living room feel luxurious today with these few tips and see your living room come alive!


Whether you are a recent transplant to the area or have been a New Englander all of your life it’s hard to resist the charm of the classic New England style. The crisp clean lines and simplicity make one feel instantly at home. Keep reading to discover how you can add a touch of New England charm to your home. Furniture. New England style still holds its roots from it's early settlers. Look for simple, rustic furniture. Ideally, it should be a handmade piece built for quality to last the tests of time. Speaking of time, no New England home is complete with at least one antique and preferably one handed down generation to generation. If you are not so fortunate to have an heirloom piece start hunting the antique fairs for one you love. Color. New England homes are deeply inspired by their natural surroundings. When choosing colors for your home think sky blues, sunny yellows, sea foam greens, sandy beige, pine greens and nautical navy. If you need some inspiration visit the cape or some nearby woods to gather your color inspiration. Visual Interest. New England style may be simple but it’s not devoid of visual interest. If you don’t have at least something covered in plaid you should consider a shopping trip in the near future. Whether it’s a blanket, kitchen curtains or even some wallpaper, having plaid is practically a must. Braided rugs are another New England staple and not always one limited to floor coverings. You can also find braided table runners, placemats, coasters, chair pads, and potholders. Decorating. Books, books, and more books. A large home library is not hard to find in New England homes. Collect interesting titles and visually appealing book spines for a collection that makes a statement. Nature landscapes, seashells, lobsters, ducks, and shells are all common themes found within this homey decor style. Woven baskets and rustic pottery are also New England staples to be placed on shelves or hung from hooks. Shelving and hooks will be your best friend as New England style maintains it’s clean simplicity by having a place for every item and keeping them off the floor. Features. A wood stove and/or fireplace are practically nonnegotiable. And while a stack of split wood nearby and fireplace tools are a practical necessity there also a form of decor. Invest in a visually appealing log rack and hearth toolset. White washed walls and wide wood plank floors, usually of pine, are another classic New England feature hearkening back to its first settler roots you will want to look for when home shopping or replicate in your redesign. If you’ve been lusting after New England style homes gracing the pages of your favorite interior decorating magazine it’s probably time to add some of that charm to your own home. Whether you just add a few touches by switching up your decorations or overhaul your house top to bottom you should have a better idea of how you too can have a cozy New England style home.

There’s a lot of design trends that you’ll want to keep up with as a homeowner. What are people doing to their backyards to make them more beautiful? What types of countertops are buyers looking for these days? Some trends are beneficial. However, there’s a lot of trends that can be detrimental to your home. You want your home to be an expression of who you are, however, there are some trends that just aren’t attractive to buyers. 


Bright And Bold May Not Be Beautiful 


While that lime green room may look really attractive to you, it probably won’t look as good to anyone else. The best colors for paint inside of your home are the neutral colors. These include beiges, grays and soft whites. The most important thing is to keep your paint color consistent throughout your home. Not that you can’t change shades from room to room, but don’t make the paint change too drastic.  


No One Really Likes Shiny Things


As much as you may like shiny accessories throughout the home, it’s not going to be everyone’s thing. Although people will be decorating your home on their terms once they buy it, it’s important to note that busy isn’t always better. People need to be able to see past how you have set up your home to see the potential it holds for them.  


An Open Floor Plan That’s Too Open

You can take the idea of an open floor plan to an extreme. There are certain rooms in the home that just deserve privacy. The bathrooms and the bedrooms need walls surrounding them to give people the space and quiet that they need. If there’s no good way for you to fix this issue, you may want to find some room screens before your open house in order to keep buyers interested.  


Converted Rooms Squash Vision


If you have a third bedroom that you have converted into a home gym, that’s great for you. It may be hard for other people visiting the home to realize what the room could be used for. You may not have to move everything before an open house, but try to keep the room open for possibility.     


Carpeting Kills Buyer’s Dreams


There’s not many more terrifying things to buyers than walking into a home and seeing wall-to-wall carpeting. Their minds race, thinking of the possibilities of how to get beloved hardwood floors into the picture. If there’s floor under your carpet and you know you're going to sell soon, you’d be wise to tear up the carpet and polish up those floors. It will attract more buyers and sell faster because people will know they have that much less work to do once they move in. 


The Takeaway

 The important point here is that when you’re getting ready to show your home, you’ll want to take your personality out of the picture. Buyers need to have space to get the vision to see how they can make your former home their own. Reversing a few of the personal upgrades that you have made to your home can help you to make it a more welcoming place for new owners to begin a journey.




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