Home decorating is something that some take for granted, while others spend months trying to get it just right. Everyone has their own tastes in furnishings and home designs, which accounts for the many varieties of furnishings and styles of sofas, dining tables, floor coverings and console tables. For the purpose of decorating, we are using the living room as our example because it’s the room that has the largest varieties of furnishings and decorative items.
Professional designers will often tell you that simple is often better. When you walk into a home and it’s cluttered, it gives off a messy appearance. The furnishings may be expensive and the home may be free of dirt and dust, but if it’s cluttered, who’s going to notice? A living room that is tastefully decorated with simple furnishings such as lamps, three-piece furniture and console tables can look extremely elegant with the right touches. The question phrase too many is “tastefully decorated”, as many are uncertain as to what this entails.
When it comes to home decorating, more is not better, it’s just more. This is not to say all your living room should consist of is a couch, console tables and one lamp. However, too many homeowners find many home decorating items and when they can’t decide which to buy, they buy them all. They then try to cram them into one living room. Combine this with a family spending a lot of time in this room and you have clutter. Regardless of how clean the room is kept, it’s going to appear too cluttered.
Buying a home today is very expensive and many can’t afford expensive furnishings after making the home purchase. You don’t need expensive furniture to have an elegant home that everyone will want to visit or where your family will feel comfortable. Make the most of the furnishings you do have. Console tables have always been a major part of the furniture in living rooms. In fact, console tables are so functional and versatile; you often see them in other rooms as well. They can be used as telephone stands, utility stands and end tables. If you have a corner in the room that makes your room look empty, why not place a console table with a live plant sitting on top. When I say live plant, I mean live plant-not a silk plant. Live plants are very much in style right now.
A living room set consisting of a sofa, loveseat and chair will look beautiful with a couple of console tables in front or to the side of the furniture. Do not clutter them with lots of junk, however. A simple decoration, candle, magazine or statue will look great and accent the table. Many people will use console tables against the wall as a place to display their family portraits.
Lighting is also important in your living room. Don’t use too much or you and your guests will feel you’re in a large ballroom. If there’s not enough, you’ll feel you’re in a bar at night. Stagger your lighting with lamps, hanging lights, ceiling lights, etc. with appropriate bulb sizes. The new energy efficient light bulbs will save you money and look great.
Console tables situated near a chair with a small lamp will look very inviting to your family and guests as a place to read or just sit and relax.