Though most people would agree that the kitchen is the heart of the home, I tend to think the living room is where it’s at. I would willingly admit to being a comfort seeker at the best of times, and there’s something about a plush couch and a cozy throw that can’t be beat. And making the most out of ones living room? Urban Grace of course.
SMP: Your favourite living room you’ve ever designed?
UG: This living room is from the same local project as my favorite dining room. I love the symmetry in this space. I love that it feels formal but not stuffy. It is open to the living and dining room and has an unbelievable view of the Gulf of Mexico and our beautiful beaches. The TV is hidden in one of the cabinets by the fireplace and I like that you can hide it away when you aren’t using it.
SMP: What do you always splurge on when designing a living room?
UG: Nice, comfortable upholstery. I feel that it’s better to spend a little more in the beginning and not have to replace your furniture in 3 years after kids and dogs have worn it out. If you’re going to spend money on furniture it might as well be comfortable!
SMP: The biggest mistake most people make in the living room design?
UG: Trends. Trends are good in small doses when it comes to interior design. If you stick with classic, simple pieces they will never go out of style. You don’t want your home to be a place that people walk in and know the exact year you moved in. Accessories and accents are a great way to incorporate trends without spending a lot of money.
SMP: What’s one design decision that could make or break your living room décor?
UG: Paint color. Since your paint color will serve as the backdrop to everything in the room it is important to select one that will complement the rest of the elements in the room.
1. Keep the upholstered pieces neutral so you won’t get tired of them. You can bring in color and pattern with throw pillows that are easy (and less expensive) to swap out.
2. Make sure your furniture layout allows for easy access in and out of the seating area.
3. I like to anchor the room with area rugs. I think it’s nice to designate the seating area so the furniture doesn’t feel like it’s floating.
4. Your furniture doesn’t have to be against a wall. It’s ok to have a seating area centered in a room.
5. Don’t be afraid to mix old and new with high and low. Everything doesn’t have to match perfectly or be brand new. I think a mix of all those elements is what really sets a home apart and gives true character.