Give Your Living Room A Makeover
Your Living room décor is often symmetrical?a sofa with painting above, flanked by two end tables topped by lamps. Formal window treatments of luxurious fabrics trimmed with braid and fringe, and perfectly set pairs of occasional chairs and tables follow traditional rules of decorating. Few homes these days have space for such a perfect (and often useless) room that is more to be looked at than used.
Decorating style has evolved to allow a less formal look. While retaining certain elements such as beautiful millwork or lush fabrics, the more casual living room has lighter window treatments and more comfortable furniture. Studied symmetry has given way to softer lines, fewer rules, and more color. Asian & Oriental decor is well known for featuring softer, warmer articles - often the furniture is made of dark-wood such as teak and the fabrics in the room are soft linens or cottons. Area Rugs of Wool, Jute, Hemp and Cotton are used to add colour and character to an otherwise 'bland' living space.
As the ability of the average person to go abroad on exotic holidays has increased with the onset of so-called 'budget' airlines and fierce competition between them, so too have tastes and styles changed.
A more casual family room style of living room has a character of nonchalance. While furniture and fabrics should be coordinated, there are few rules. Choices are governed by practicality. Furniture selection and placement is less structured. Seating around a TV is often necessary, with a table for casual eating. In today?s home, the living room may even have a computer center, so a desk may have a place of prominence.
Regardless of what purpose your living room serves, the fabrics, colors, furniture, and accessories should be what you love. Whether it?s serene and neutral, colorful and lively, or something in-between, it should reflect your taste.
After all, this is your room for living.
About the Author: Sumit Dattani is the CEO of My Oriental home decor. Visit http://www.MyOriental.com for great Oriental decor and Asian home decor products and ideas.