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Tips for Decorating a Formal Living Room

If you’re the type of homeowner who loves having an elegant living room, a formal type will suit you best. A formal living room is a perfect area to entertain your guests, catch up with visitors and impress your friends with your classy decorating taste. A formal living room is fancy and stylish, with gorgeous interiors and high-quality furnishings. Here are some tips and tricks to bring a fancy, formal flair to your living room:

1. Incorporate subtle curves and classic lines

Incorporate subtle curves and classic lines A formal living room typically has the elegant features of traditional design. Gentle curves can be found on the furniture, so choosechairs with beautifully rolled arms and/or finely curved back. Adorn the windows and pillows with damask-patterned drapery and pillowcases in silk or velvet fabric. Add a rug or a mirror with a Greek-key motif, which is the epitome of classic patterns. These are just some of the many ways to add curves and classic lines to your living room.

2. Scale your furniture

A formal living room doesn’t always have to be big, contrary to what others may think. Your living room can be elegant and formal even if it’s small. The important thing is to scale your furniture according to the size of the room. Don’t pick that bulky, leather wingback chair if it will occupy most of the space. In anything you add, make sure it’s off the right proportion. If you are blessed with tall ceilings, go for taller furniture whenever possible, because if you choose shorter, your furniture will look dwarfed.

3. Choose a polished palette

Choose a polished paletteExude formality with a deftly played color palette that keeps everything in harmony. Any color combination you pick must be tasteful and polished – nothing too bold or striking. White and creams are commonly used in formal living areas because of their simplicity and neatness. Other colors that bring about serene sophistication are ivory, icy blue, khaki, yellow, chocolate, black, taupe, gold, silver and dove gray. You can use deep colors or even pastels as a main color in your color scheme,

4. Add a feeling of warmth

Add a feeling of warmthAdding a feeling of warmth makes a formal living room feel more welcoming, more like home. Also, it keeps a formal room from being stoic. Incorporate dark-stained woodwork that showcases the wood’s rich grain. As much as possible, pick creamy upholsteries and light-colored rugs when you use dark woods. Also, make sure that your living room receives enough sunlight.

5. Play with old-school elements

A traditional fireplace and large Persian rug adds a sense of opulence and formality. It is a typical element in a formal living room, and adds a quiet and laid-back feel to it. But don’t limit yourself to traditional elements; a formal living room can also have modern and simplistic furniture. Mix it up tastefully and you got yourself a striking living room.

6. Don’t keep it too serious

A formal living room doesn’t have to be too serious. You can experiment with playful, yet grown-up-looking pieces such as pendant lights, candy-colored throw pillows, mirrored coffee table and cheerful wall art. Filling your living room with “mature” pieces only may give your room an overall don’t-sit-with-us vibe that may make a guest feel underdressed or out of place. It’s okay to break the rules sometimes, so add a sense of whimsy and fun – just remember to keep it elegant and classy.

7. Choose rich fabrics.

If you want to a formal living room, don’t go cheap on the fabric. Pick cozy throw blankets, plush carpeting, rich upholstery and elegant draperies. If you’re not ready to replace your couch with a more formal-looking one, add velvet throw pillows. These types of fabrics give the living room a more sophisticated feel.

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