Not Sure How to Decorate Your Living Room? Here's How to Get Started

Don’t let decorating your living room turn into a disaster. Turn it into a space you love with these expert tips.

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Are you facing a decorating dilemma when it comes to your living room? If you’re having trouble picking out the right furniture for your space, remember this word: balance. Designer Emily Henderson shows you how the right furniture – and furniture placement – can make a huge impact on your living room design:

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Emily Henderson shows how furniture placement can balance a living room.

Need more help decorating your living room space? 

First, you should know where to start. Make a plan and consider how you want to use your living room. Maybe you want a formal lounge for guests – or a space where you can relax or HGTV and chill. Once you’ve got a plan, make a budget, and use these tips to decide what to save and splurge on in your room. 

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Crystal combined a balance of masculine and feminine design elements into the decoration of her living room.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Set the tone of your space with right colors with our color theory guide for living rooms. And when it comes to buying furniture, find out why multi-purpose pieces may be the way to go. 

For more living room design design tips, check out our complete planning guide to living spaces.

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