But first, when should you stay away from a theme? A living room needs to be welcoming for you and your guests. However, if the purpose of decorating is to resell your home, stick with traditional colors and avoid personal accents. More people will be able to visualize it as their own.
Bright colors and artwork spaced properly can give your living room a trendy, metropolitan look. A modern style can be more about aesthetics, how things look, than their actual function. Choose furniture that features simple, curved lines. Carefully select only one or two warm accent colors, so as not to overwhelm the eye. These colors could be featured in items such as throw pillows, lamps, or an area rug.
An American country look can be achieved with exposed brick, warm woods, and pastel colors. Vintage furniture often features rustic, hand-carved detailing. Use pastels or earth tones, and clean lines. Floral or domestic motifs will tie this theme together nicely.
Contemporary styles emphasize both soft colors and textures. Colors are warm, and in the medium -shade range. Pale colors are known to be not as fully relaxing. Textures could include floor tiles and soft sofa fabrics.
The Mediterranean look can be popular and easy to create. Colors will reflect those found in nature, such as sky blue and sea green. Make use of archways and terracotta tiles. Furniture can extend from simple and functional to bronze, wrought-iron, and formal.
Asian styles can include a variety of colors and textures. For Japanese, go for a calm, meditative look. Soft blue, gray, brown, or green will complement subtly used hints of brighter colors and flowers were artwork. Chinese style can be achieved using bold colors such as red or gold to accent dark woods.
Whatever style you choose, pick only one, see it through, and don't go overboard. If the room is not comfortable, it is not livable. Keep your thoughts clear for what the room will be used for. Factor in where the light and space in the room is coming from. Choose one or two choice elements you love, rather than cluttering the room with every piece you like.
If you don't want to invest in a completely new room, you can still change things enough to create a new look. Switch out pillows and pictures every three to six months to reflect the change of season. Change your curtains. Put new slipcovers on an old sofa. Use a wallpaper border instead of painting the whole thing. New lighting fixtures, or even new bulbs, can change the tone of your living room.