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7 secret tips to transform your living room

By Ela Das

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There’s always a quick trick or clever idea that everyone relies on to spruce up their homes in a pinch. It could be swapping out the linens and accessories for something more festive when hosting guests or having a keen eye for remodelling an outdated piece of furniture. We’ve created a nifty guide of secret hacks we depend on to transform any living room in an Indian home.
 

1. THE SOFA SET PLAYS A QUINTESSENTIAL ROLE IN THE LIVING ROOM DESIGN

The main purpose of a living room is creating a warm and welcoming space for a family and their guests (when visiting) to kick, relax and spend time together. The quintessential piece of furniture that would allow this or tie an entire living space together would be the sofa set. By and large, when someone thinks of a sofa design, they immediately place it with the living room furniture in their minds. Often serving as the focal point of the living room design, the style, colour, pattern and area it is placed in ends up defining the theme and mood for the entire room. Even the size of the sofa or the entire sofa set can set the tone or idea of what your living room stands for.
 

Contemporary living room design with yellow sofa design - Beautiful Homes

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STYLE TIP:

When choosing between a sofa design, consider the size of the room and the purpose your sofa set will serve. You don’t want the entire console taking up all the space leaving no room for moving about. However, if you’re hosting regular movie or game nights at your home and would like to create a space that’s cosy for everyone to unwind and have a good time, an L-shaped sofa set or armchairs that recline or have pull-out footrests may be a cleverer option.
 

Vintage sofa set with wall décor in living room - Beautiful Homes

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2. THE RIGHT ART AND ACCESSORIES CAN IMMEDIATELY TRANSFORM THE HALL INTERIOR DESIGN

The accessories you include in any space defines it’s style and purpose. Bright, colourful and eclectic accessories, as well as cushions, throws and linens around the living room furniture immediately serve as a reflection of its owner’s personal style which could be outgoing or maximalist. For a minimalist, muted tones and textures will echo the tranquility they choose to incorporate in their daily life. Also, an abundance of cosy pieces around the room immediately signals the idea of the space serving as a spot to kick back and relax. Similarly, art and photographs hung or placed around the room can infuse colour into the area and even tell a story of the family’s history and heritage.

STYLE TIP:

You can swap your accessories based on a season or ongoing festivities. Not only will this bring in a theme into the room but also allow you to regularly spruce up the area with a quick makeover.
 

3. THE RIGHT INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICE FOR THE BEST LIVING ROOM IDEAS

Any home renovation or room makeover project needs a reliable and seasoned designer and contractor. While we all dream of a beautiful home, taking time out of our daily schedule and finding the right people to work with is often easier said than done. With this thought in mind, India’s largest paint giant Asian Paints created the Beautiful Homes Service. Enlisting expert interior designers, who’ve worked across the length and breadth of the industry, the Beautiful Homes Service takes care of executing every task in your home renovation from start to finish. This ensures a hassle-free and time-saving experience for anyone with a vision to remodel their home (or redesign a particular room) but lacks the time or patience to coordinate and project manage between an army of people required to finish the job.

Green sofa set for living room interiors - Beautiful Homes

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Modern living room with pink walls & chandelier - Beautiful Homes

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4. CREATE A THEME FOR THE HOME DÉCOR IN THE LIVING ROOM

For a living room to look tied together and well-thought out, you should think of a rough theme  when planning its design. Whether it’s minimal and muted, brutalist, bright and eclectic or extravagantly opulent with every element of modern luxury, the theme you select initially will help you plan out the rest of the furniture, furnishings, fixtures and accessories you choose for the entire space. In this way, instead of looking like an unplanned jumble, your living room will tell a story or project a uniform style; and in the long run, the theme will serve as an easy guide for more additions as well.

STYLE TIP:

 If you love a dreamy romantic aesthetic in any room, while the colour of your paint and the décor pieces you choose can immediately create this look, the right light fixture can also do the trick. While ice-cream pink walls and a tufted creamy sofa set bring in a fairytale mood in this living room design, it is the ornate gold chandelier hanging above that quietly dictates this style. You could even use a jhumar (a collection of lights that is pieced together to create a larger lighting unit) to recreate this look.
 

5. HOW TO PLAN A CORNER LIVING ROOM’S DÉCOR ACCORDING TO VASTU?

The most simple living room ideas create a space that’s cosy enough for the family to come together, while also serving as a place to entertain friends and guests. For that, the living room interior needs to be peaceful and harmonious, providing a relaxed room for building relationships.

To instil calmness and affection, choose a lighter or pastel colour palette and home décor scheme in the room. The northeast corner of the living room or drawing room should remain clutter-free for peace; while the use of potted plants and paintings of nature or sceneries will not only enhance the tranquillity of the room but also generate positive energy. Decorating with or storing artificial or dried flowers around the room are considered inauspicious and will attract misfortune.

Sectional sofa design for living room - Beautiful Homes

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Vibrant living room décor with abstract wallpaper - Beautiful Homes

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6. HOW TO ADD TO THE WALL DÉCOR IN THE LIVING ROOM

Sometimes your décor can be on pointe, with the right colour palette and furniture selection, but something may still be missing. Very often, it’s something you can’t quite put your finger on, but even a luxury living room may look incomplete or dull. An easy fix for this is visually adding more details on the wall. A wallpaper across the entire living room or simply lining a panel or niche in the wall can create a striking focal point in the space. For a unique aesthetic, you can play around with textures, prints and patterns with a range of Nilaya wall coverings by Asian Paints—our go-to most-trusted brand. Bring in a designer twist with wallpapers by fashion designer Sabyasachi or home décor label Good Earth, or choose the Wallpaper of the year, Lotus and Stilts.

INSIDER’S TIP:

Styling a room can be a tricky. If you’re looking for interesting or well-designed pieces and furnishing, such as living room decoration items or the best living room furniture designs, step in to an AP Homes store in your city. With a curation of products and solutions from a family of brands, AP Homes is your one-stop shop to create a home or space that tells your unique story. Whether you’re looking to quickly spruce up your home with a few décor updates or undertake an entire renovation, AP Homes houses everything from furniture and furnishings to fixtures and home automation solutions.
 

7. A STYLISH WAY TO CREATE A SECTION WITHIN THE LIVING ROOM

You may have initially planned an open home where most of the common rooms, such as the living and dining rooms, open into the other. While this may be the perfect layout to create a spacious house that doesn’t feel too cramped, there may be times when you would like to close off a space for privacy or to block out any activity. Or, you may simply realise a particular room requires a sense of a boundary in the absence of walls. A non-invasive living room idea to add a structural change without any renovations or hectic labour work is installing a room divider to segregate the space. This also works as an ingenious fix for a studio, loft or single room apartment where one would like to create rooms or segregate spaces based on usage or themes across the house.
 

Golden partition ideas for living room - Beautiful Homes

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