Decorating Styles for Your Living Room

Decorating Styles for Your Living Room

Discover the Top Decor Styles and Choose Your Favorite!

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The living room is one of the most important areas of your home. It's the place you relax, spend time together as a family, watch TV, and play games.

When you entertain, your living room is likely the place you have your guests spend time before or after a meal. Many times, it's the most comfortable room in your house, and you'd probably love for it to be one of the most stylish.

There's a reason that the living room is the most common room to have on the cover of a magazine. It sets the tone for the home's style. It's inviting atmosphere just makes you want to stretch out on a sofa and have a cup of coffee.

There are a variety of decorating styles you can choose from for your living room. Let's look at the most popular now!

Traditional

The traditional style is one of the most popular living room décor choices. It's classic – comforting, calm, and orderly. When you decorate your living room in a classic style, you get predictable styles that feel soothing. There's nothing chaotic.

The drawback is that if you don't choose your traditional furnishings carefully, your room can feel fussy or outdated. But it doesn't have to be that way! Done right, the familiarity of traditional furnishings can bring a sense of predictability and comfort.

What you will want in your traditional living room are matching pieces with classic lines and understated details. You can mix vertical and horizontal lines with gentle curves. Choose upholstered furniture that is functional and unfussy. This article can help you find the best sofa bed, for instance.

No one piece should stand out on its own. Edges should be soft and blend into the whole. Florals, plain colors, muted plaids or stripes, and tone-on-tone are all perfect.

Modern

On the other end of living room décor is the modern style. Modern means different things to different people. One common theme, however, is clean, uncluttered layouts with a lot of straight lines.

Some people take their modern style toward industrial, focusing on paring back to the bare essentials. Modern industrial style celebrates humble materials and has a working-class feel. Your furnishings will be minimal and strong, with clean lines and no excess.

On the other hand, some people focus only on keeping clutter down and making sure all furnishings are simple and unadorned. In this type of a modern space, soft furniture is welcome as long as it is not gaudy or fussy. Monochromatic color schemes keep things neutral, and the style feels free and relaxed.

There are a lot of choices in modern design!

Rustic

Love the countryside? Do you enjoy seeing reclaimed wood furniture and bringing the outdoors in? If so, you might love a rustic-style living room.

Wooden floors – the more you can see the grain and the planks the better – and other organic features make a rustic look a throwback to the past. Think pioneer times, but not overdone, and you've got a great rustic space.

The colors of rustic design give a natural warmth. The décor is never pretentious and always useful. Best of all, a rustic style allows you to take advantage of repurposing, which is refreshing in today's consumerist society.

Exposed beams, organic forms, and weathered materials can all evoke this style. However, you don't want it to look kitschy or overdone. Balance the look with some clean lines and smooth surfaces.

Coastal

Love the beach? Wish you could spend every day in the sand, but you're landlocked? If so, you'll enjoy bringing a coastal style into your living room.

The primary colors of this style are those of the beach – browns, tans, blues, and even yellows. The feeling is laid back and relaxed. You don't import sand, of course, but you may choose a light brown soft carpet to give you a great feeling under your feet.

On the walls, think about how you can bring a chill vibe without overdoing the kitsch. You may choose a net on the wall for decoration, but don't overdo it by covering every wall with seashells and starfish.

Consider ways to bring the same coastal feel into your furniture. Crisp clean fabrics, bold stripes, and an airy feel all help. Make sure you bring substantial light into your space as well – there's nothing like the sun to bring out the beachy feel!

Cozy Cottage

Are you making the most of a small space? Embrace it! By choosing a cottage decorating style, you can make a small space seem cozy, warm, and welcoming.

You don't have to find hours searching for the perfect pieces to pull off a cottage look. In fact, mismatches are encouraged. Celebrate imperfections, use ordinary treasures, and embrace unpretentious humility.

If you can't afford or fit a huge sectional in your living room, don't fret! A simple loveseat and some comfortable light chairs can be just as welcoming. Fabrics are forgiving and easy to clean – you'll never hesitate to invite guests to get comfortable.

Skip the shiny surfaces for down-home shabby chic. Look for ways to bring vintage charm into your space, and keep colors soft and simple. Find used items and brighten them with a coat of paint!

Eclectic

Are you someone who just doesn't fit in a box? Maybe you found yourself nodding along at some elements of each style, but turned off by others? If that's you, you probably have an eclectic style.

Eclectic style by its nature doesn't have many rules. The only one I'd present is that even as you bring different elements into your living room, focus on making your space welcoming and not chaotic.

Love straight lines from the industrial style, but hate its coldness? Add some softness from the traditional side. Throw up some soft blue paint and a picture of your latest trip to the beach. Bring in mismatched, comfortable furniture with slipcovers.

Use reclaimed wood for your end tables. Put your favorite fussy lamps on them. Whatever you love, bring it into your space. That's the nature of the eclectic style!

What Style Do You Love?

So now that you've seen some of the top styles available, what are you leaning toward? I'd love to know! Share your thoughts in the comments now!

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An Open Letter To Durham, NC

Bull City!!

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I've grown up in Durham, North Carolina all my life. I spent my days going to DPAC shows, Durham Bulls games, eating at Brightleaf and 9th street, shopping at Southpoint mall and walking along the Eno River. I always said I wanted to get far away from Durham as soon as I got the chance - but now I cherish everyday that I get to spend back in the Bull City.

I have to say it - Durham is probably one of the coolest places in North Carolina.

And if not the coolest, we definitely have the best restaurants. Bennett Pointe Grill, Heavenly Buffaloes, Cosmic Cantina, Geer Street Garden, Vin Rouge, Parker and Otis, Monuts, Toast, Dame's Chicken and Waffles, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Dos Perros, Happy and Hale, Elmo's, The Saltbox, King's Sandwich Shop, Locopops, The Parlour, Only Burger, and Wimpy's, just to name a few.

The high schoolers in Durham from Riverside, Northern, Jordan and Durham School of the Arts (go Bulldogs) are also the best people to get advice from on how to spend your weekend.

I remember hanging out with my friends on the weekend and eating at 9th street or going to Southpoint to pick up some new clothes.

We used to go into downtown to visit the really cool parking garage next to 21c hotel to get some cute pictures or to go on a date. Or to explore the abandoned 10 story hotel in downtown before it got demolished (rip abandoned hotel 2018).

Durham really has some neat places like the 21c hotel where my junior prom was held which is also a free entrance art gallery with really cool bathrooms (if you know you know).

Christmas time was beautiful downtown too - the ceremony for lighting the Lucky Strike water tower, ice skating outside in American Tobacco, or visiting Morgan Imports during the holidays to get a glimpse of the miniature Christmas village in the back of the store.

Now Durham does get a bad rep - the whole "I'd rather die of boredom in Cary than be shot in Durham" is completely fake. Every city has a suss area, but that doesn't represent the entire place.

I grew up somewhere outside of the stereotype.

I grew up in the Durham where when I walked into Bruegger's Bagels, the cashiers remembered my order every morning before school, and where Cosmic Cantina and Jimmy John's on 9th street knew exactly which weekdays I'd come in on for off-campus lunch.

I grew up where my friends and I would hang out at "Safe Haven" on the Hillandale golf course and then drive up to fast food lane on Hillsborough street and get some Cook Out every Friday night.

I grew up where the most beautiful dates were when you would sit in your car on top of the 21c parking garage and listen to music with your significant other/(best friends).

I grew up where on Sundays, I'd visit my best friend who worked at the Museum of Life and Science so she could make me a coffee in the cafe and then get me free admission to the museum by sneaking me in the back.

I grew up where after eating at Toreros in Brightleaf with my cousins I would run over to Morgan Imports and see what new items they had in stock.

This was the Durham I grew up in. Where everyone knew everyone. And not everyone was a Duke fan btw - Go Heels!!

Durham definitely deserves a better reputation. I couldn't have asked for a better place to grow up. I can't wait to show everyone in Raleigh what the real Durham-ites do on the weekends. I love you Bull City - never change.

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How to Fail in Business – When You’re Really Trying

You can try so hard - and mess it all up. Learn how not to!

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I've been working my business full-time for almost four years. Despite my hard work, my business very nearly failed.

I made a lot of mistakes that lead to this. I want to share those with you, so that you can learn from what I did – and have better success than my business has had.

Wait Too Long to Make the Leap

I was in a very comfortable, stable, and BORING day job. I had dead-ended in my career years before I finally had the courage to leave.

68% of employees in corporate jobs are disengaged. I was one of those folks. I had my business as a side-hustle, and it provided additional income. But I waited three years before I took my business full time!

Why?

Honestly, I let fear and security win the day – until I was truly desperate and HAD to leave. And unfortunately, that led to my second mistake.

Leave Your Job Without Savings

So, while I was comfortable, I wasn't building my income. I let myself get lazy – even though I had a business on the side. It was very difficult to prospect at night when all I wanted to was veg.

Plus, at the same time I was running my side-hustle, I was dating and eventually marrying my husband. That took a lot of energy, and I was more interested in spending time with him than in building my uncertain business.

As a result, when I finally reached my absolute limit and finally gave my two-week notice, I didn't have a cushion saved up. I had a retirement account – and I used it entirely the first year of my business.

Not recommended.

Fall For All the Marketing

I'll tell you the honest truth. It's really hard to resist the temptation to spend like crazy when you have your own business.

I had excellent credit. (HAD.) As a result, I was approved for a strong credit limit on my business credit card. And I took full advantage!

A lot of this had to do with the fact that I fell for a LOT of marketing messages. You know all the folks that say, "I built my business 1000% in one month using these five strategies?"

They're lying!

If I had realized that MUCH earlier, that alone could have helped my business stay a lot more healthy.

Here's the dirty truth – they grew their business 1000% by preying on the uncertainty of beginning business owners like you. They'll give you some generic strategies in their course – assuming you even finish it. But your results will not be theirs, because you're not following the REAL business model.

I also liked the feeling of traveling to business conferences. And those conference hotels are NOT cheap. I whipped out the credit card, oblivious. Oh – and business conferences are one more giant sales pitch. Don't fall for it.

Finding Your Footing

I made all of these mistakes, and my business is still alive. It's very rough and my family is in a deep hole. At this point I only qualify for the types of credit cards Bonsai Finance recommends for folks with bad credit. But I'm still kicking!

A lot of what I did to right the ship was to get back to my core service – freelance writing – and stop chasing every other "success story" out there. I started ignoring the marketing messages. I stopped believing the "I can show you a way to easy money," lies.

If you've found yourself struggling in your business, you may be making these mistakes. Hopefully this article has given you some clarity so you can see the way out!

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