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Your Living Room

So why not take the time to transform it into a warm, inviting place that reflects your personal style and has architectural presence?

Sure you can do it, and I'll teach you how…

Just use the following living room decorating or designing ideas and techniques to create the room you want:

Your first living room decorating or designing task is to make a list of every activity that will occur in your living room. Here are a few examples to get you started:

  • Watching television
  • Listening to music
  • Entertaining friends or business associates
  • Reading
  • Playing board games
Your second living room decorating/designing task is to list the furniture you have, or will need, for each activity listed above. Are any of these on your list?
  • Television
  • Stereo system
  • Coffee table
  • Lamps
  • End tables
  • Game table
  • Armoire
  • Sofa
Pretty easy so far, right? I'm glad you agree. Your third living room designing task is to find a focal point in your living room. This will take a little thought, but it's not as difficult as you might think.

Just remember to keep an open mind and follow these guidelines:

Finding A Focal Point

A focal point gives the eye a starting point so that it can take in the interior landscape with ease. This will also make your living room decorating or designing effort much easier. San Diego has tons of external focal points, but we are going to focus on the focal points in your living room.

Your focal point can be an architectural aspect of the room, an imposing piece of furniture, or a beautiful furnishing. So if your living room is architecturally challenged, you'll have to create an eye-catching focal point.

Here are some classic focal point examples:


* Fireplace
* Large window with a spectacular view


* Piano
* Large Armoire
* Media Center
* Book shelves
* Secretaries
* Antique chest


* Large painting
* Beautiful decorative rug
* A grouping of wall art or sculptures

If, on the other hand, your focal point is a large screen television the same principles apply. Group the furniture around the television. Consider placing the television diagonal to a wall instead of parallel, for a more intriguing layout.

You'd be surprised that by simply shifting your furniture a few degrees, your room will take on a look that you never imagined. With San Diego such a beautiful city, there are many opportunities to focus your furniture on some external focal points as well.

If by chance you have a room with competing focal points such as a piano and fireplace, you will likely have to choose one over the other.

This is especially true if you have a small living room. However, if the room is very large you should move the piano to the opposite end and create a second conversation area around it.

Once you have your conversation area and focal point aligned, start filling in the rest of the room. Identify an area for each activity on your list and then place the appropriate furniture and furnishings there.