Living Room Storage Ideas for Your Smaller Home are Here!

Struggling with living room storage in your small home?

No room on your tables?

Books everywhere?

Kids’ toys all over the place?

Your frustration at an all time high?

Apartment, condo, small home, you name it. The trouble with all these small spaces is they never have enough storage. You’re not the only one who has tried to figure out where to put all the things that seem to find their way into the living room – all those necessities of life.

Living Room Storage Ideas

Now before you start chucking everything out, look at a few of these unique ideas for finding that place for everything.


Armoires made for televisions have all kinds of space for putting things away. The DVD’s you’re collecting, the remotes when not in use, your CD’s and generally anything you don’t want out in the open can go in an armoire. They have vastly different styles but all generally have either shelves or drawers at the bottom. We put Jack’s toys in ours! Armoire drawers and shelves are great for keeping things out of sight and de-cluttering your living room.

Armoires are also fabulous for the home office. Some of us keep the computer in the living room or close by. The computer, monitor and all of your peripherals are hidden away as soon as you close the doors.

Coffee Tables and Sofa Tables

As far as living room storage goes, these two items are the best inventions since the wheel. The coffee table is no longer a small inanimate object that looks neat but really just takes up space. There are styles galore that double very well as living room storage. The coffee table does not even have to be a coffee table, per se. Maybe it’s a trunk, a small credenza, a storage bench or a media console. Anything and everything goes because it’s your living room and every one of these “coffee tables” can keep your “stuff” right where you want it.

Sofa tables also make for great storage devices while helping to break up your room. A sofa table can help break up a TV area from a sitting area and double as a great place to storage books, knick knacks, and other accents like vases and candle holders.


Ottomans are nearly perfect for living room storage. Many ottomans are specifically made for storage with tops that lift off or drawers on the sides. They come in many different colors and materials so you will be sure to find one that goes with the rest of your living room.

Do you know how much one of these will hold? The space inside is perfect for books, the kid’s toys, your husband’s Popular Mechanics and anything that you want to put away to organize your living area. Our leather ottoman holds Jack’s DVD’s and his puzzles.

Entertainment Centers

Entertainment centers have tons of storage and you can use every bit of it to your advantage! Choose a type with many shelves for your books, movies, CD’s, and brick-a-brack. Get one with drawers for your blankets, magazines, and puzzles. Maybe you keep your knitting items inside so you curl up on the couch with a great movie and knit the baby a sweater.

What’s great with entertainment centers, as well as the storage, is that they hold all your electronic components and keep the cords organized for ease of use. DVD player, stereo receiver, Wii and DVR all fit perfectly.

End Tables

End tables are storage waiting to happen if you get the right ones. Choose a wicker or wood one that has a lift top and you can gather up the kids toys and games from the living room floor, storing them inside.

There are other end tables with drawers that are perfect for remotes and coasters. How about a magazine table lamp? Lamp on top with a magazine holder on the side. Can’t beat it!

Living room storage is not hard to find even if you live in a small house, apartment or condo.


There is nothing worse than having little more than one single path to get through your living room.

The room is cluttered to the hilt, you have no idea where all this stuff came from or what to do with it. You need living room storage and you need it now.

Replace the seating with the type that has removable cushions for storage. Bring in shelves for all of your books and movies. Dust off the iPod and finally starting moving your CD collection over.

The furniture you choose should be purchased with storage in mind. If you can buy a piece of furniture that will serve both purposes, DO IT! There are many benches that have storage under the seat and these are perfect for keeping toys in to get them off the floor. Break down and get that ottoman. Use it in place of your coffee table.

Get everything off the floor and put it away. The cluttered look is disturbing and you will never feel like entertaining if your house is always messy. Use the furniture you have already to de-clutter your living room. Have a chest in your bedroom? Bring it out in the living room and use it for storage out there. Dress it up a little with some greenery, a wicker tray and some candles.

Hope we gave you some ideas to get started with. Start thinking outside the box, use furniture that serves dual purposes, and by all means keep stuff out of the living room that doesn’t belong there and you’ll be fine.

Now get to work!

Living Room Decorating Ideas to Design For

Picture this…living room decorating ideas are starting to come to you.

  • You have colors you kind of like…
  • You’re pretty sure what style of design you want to use…
  • You have some furniture and you’ve looked at some new things here and there…
  • There are a few accessories that catch your eye…

But, you just don’t have a plan and you don’t know where to go from here! Ugh…

Chin up. It’s OK. Let’s talk about building your space. Whether you’re just trying to add a couple of things to update the look or you’re starting over from scratch (or for the very first time), we know we can help.

living room with blue striped loveseat and pillows

Just Ask Us

We’ve got some great ideas for you below, but you may have a specific question that’s just begging for an answer. Just ask us…we can help!

Color, furniture, accents – you name it. We’ll answer your questions and we’ll let the whole SLRI Universe chime in, too.


As far as living room decorating ideas go, great color ideas will get you a long way. Before we say too much more about colors, let’s just make this important point. Do not go any further unless you can walk in room and answer the question, “How I do want to feel when I walk in this living room?” Next ask yourself the question, “Would my family and guests feel the same as I would?” Feel good about your answers? Picking your colors should be easy at this point. Let’s talk some more about this in our section on living room paint colors.

Design Style

Living room decorating ideas, by their nature, should flow from a particular design style. That doesn’t mean that the style should dictate all your ideas, though. Our opinion is that rooms look best when design style meets the personality of the designer. Here’s a quick rundown of design styles. See if this matches what you already had in mind.

Traditional – classic and comfortable, no surpises, very predictable

Country – friendly and casual, earth tones, often lighter woods, vintage accents

Rustic – charm, style, texture with logs, twigs, and animal accents, these days its quite sophisticated as well
Mission – natural materials, geometric design, back-to-basics feel

Contemporary – “the style of the day”, sleek, cleanlines, spare and unique

Southwest – Native American influences, kokopellis, bright blues, reds, and oranges with earth tones

Asian – intricate detail, bold color, natural influences, peace and serenity

These are the basics. There are many sub-styles as well. You can learn more about them right here, Decorating Styles for Home Interiors. The biggest thing to remember about style is not to worry about completely true to any one style. Mix things up as appropriate. Another site that does a great job with decor styles is Themed Home Decor

Furniture Placement

The key with living room furniture placement is “make it flow”. Take stock of where your entryways are located. Make traffic move behind the furniture, instead of through it. Divide and conquer a long room. Make it into two seating areas with different purposes. In one of our old apartments, we positioned our entertainment center and sofa diagonally to create a TV area and, across the room, created a reading area with an end table, lamp and accent chair. When trying to design a small living room, not doing too much is the big focus. Pick a focal point. What’s the main feature of the room? Fireplace…Armoire…A picture? Locate that focal point in a prominent area of the room and build out from it. It’s not just about furniture, either. What about using area rugs as a key strategy in furniture placement? See what our friend Gordon, from Area Rug Tips has to say about that. His living room decorating ideas are pretty good.


Feeling a little cluttered as you walk around your living room today?

You are definitely not alone. A common complaint we hear is that there’s just stuff everywhere! It’s hard to put together a new design when you’re worried about where all your necessities of life are going to be stored.

Not only is furniture placement important, but what kind of furniture are you placing? Are you taking advantage of coffee tables, end tables, armoires, entertainment centers, ottomans and chests to keep the clutter to a minimum?

When Jack started getting a little older, we found that his toys were just everywhere. We wanted him upstairs, in the living room, with us but we also wanted to keep his books, DVD’s, puzzles and “diggies” out of sight.

Take advantage several different types of furniture to help you get a handle on your living room storage struggles.


Ever have these questions run through your mind?

What goes where?
What fits with what?
Do I have too much stuff, or not enough?
It looks so plain there, what else can I put with it?
We’ve all been there and it wasn’t always easy to make it through to the other side…to truly end up happy with the look you’ve created. Maybe you’re still not happy with how you’ve accented your living room.

That’s why we created this website to begin with. Coming up with great living room decorating ideas can be difficult, especially when we start talking about accessories.

Here are our thoughts on living room accessorizing/accenting.

1. Have an overall theme. This gives the room a personal touch and says, “This is what I like.” or “This is what’s important to me.” In our living room, the theme leans towards France. We use fleur-de-lis and crosses to unify the room.

(Not to get off-topic, but we also use themes in our kitchen – roosters – and with our Christmas tree – snowmen)
2. Stay near your design style. Modern geometric vases won’t play too well in your rustic setting. Mix a little bit of mission or country with rustic? No problem.
3. Use greeneryto add depth and fill space. We get especially good use of greenery atop our armoire. We weave it through our accents to create a more casual and comfortable feeling.
4. Leave enough spaceon surfaces. A centerpiece atop a tray with some coffee table books is plenty. No need to occupy each corner of the table.Think a living room is tough to accessorize, what about a family room? Have no fear, we’ve taken some time to discuss family room decorating ideas too.
Here’s some more thoughts… Finishing Touches Perk Up a Room
If you work at it you can come up with great living room decorating ideas as we hope we’ve just shown you.

In the End

All you need is some basic information about choosing the right colors, design styles, furniture placement and accessorizing and you can put together a fantastic living room.

Jen and I are not licensed professionals. We simply know a little bit about alot of concepts and we know what we like. We put things in certain places and stand back for a look. If it’s not right, we try something else. We just come up with living room decorating ideas and then see if they work.

Sometimes, it’s just magic from the very beginning and that’s the most rewarding part. You know just what you’ve put together looks great. Then, your neighbors and friends visit and they rave about what you’ve done. There are few better feelings than that.

Keep at it, try not to get frustrated, and don’t use this site as your only source of information. There are so many great resources for living room decorating ideas out there. We hope you like coming here for the personal touch we offer, though.

Time to start putting together your own living room decorating ideas.

Oh Wait! One more thing…
Need some more help?


There’s a store in Atchison, KS called Nell Hills and it’s absolutely our favorite place to go for great living room decorating ideas, furniture, framed art, accents and they have their own line of home decorating books. Check it out!

Whoops!! Almost forgot. Here are a few sites that you’ll find useful in your quest for the best living room decorating ideas.

Home and Garden Decorating and Room Design – Create your room design online by yourself or let us help with your room layout solutions. We provide interior decorating and design services, home and garden news, and info on home shows and events.

For an interesting view on home decorating, visit Home Decorating Room by Room and use this free online workbook. Find ways to discover and use your creativity to develop rooms you’ve always dreamed of creating.

Another site with a wealth of affordable home decor ideas and other interesting sections on home and family subjects is

Great Home Decorating – Home decorating ideas to inspire your creativity, answer your interior decor questions and help you gain the confidence to create a unique home that reflects your lifestyle.

Build a Solid Foundation with a Fabulous Living Room Color Scheme

Just imagine finding the perfect combination of colors, a fantastic living room colorscheme that sets the ‘tone’ for the rest of your living room design.

Fabulous Living Room Color Scheme

Color is everywhere…it’s a symbol for our moods, our thoughts, and the seasons.

What does the color scheme in the photo above express?

The combintation of orange, tan, red and brown conveys an earthy, casual attitude. The room is inviting, comfortable, and calm.

Maybe you live by the water and nautical fits your style. You would use blues, whites, greens and yellows to incorporate the beach, water, and sun into your room.

If you live in a downtown loft, you may choose an industrial look with white, black and silver elements – with a splash of bright color, like red, thrown in for contrast.

If you’re in search of the perfect country look – try some softer, blues, reds (perhaps a mauve color), yellows and light browns (especially as a furniture color).

The Birth of our Color Scheme

We chose a color scheme similar to the one in the picture for our living room. Brown is Jen’s favorite color and I love all the tones and colors you can mix into a neutral scheme – like red, gold, bronze, maize, and orange. Our next move is to introduce some darker brown accents

A color scheme should be complementary, yet flexible. A color scheme can have as few or as many colors as you want, as long as you keep in mind that one or two colors should form the foundation, with other colors as accents.

With our living room, brown and tan are those foundational colors. Our walls are latte, our armoire and end table are medium and dark brown, and our ottoman is a darker brown leather. That doesn’t mean we don’t mix in black (picture frames, candle holders); subtle reds, oranges, and blues (our coach and club chair) some accents); and bronze, deep reds, and golds (accentsand our the framed art above the mantle).

Resources To Help You Color Your World…

Here are two great articles on color meanings and much more. We hope you’ll find them useful…

Interior Design – The Meaning of Colors

We also found this great site which provides a great education about color concepts. Have a look… Color Schemes for Home Decorating

Don’t forget the one resource for all your living room decor needs…

It’s time for your frustration to end, not only with that, but every other challenge you’ve faced while trying to create the living room of your dreams. How about we start with some easy to complete checklists to help you identify your own personal living room style?uggling with your living room color scheme?

Then let’s talk about taking stock of what you have, what you can reuse and what you’ll need to transform your living room. Finally let’s move into a step-by-step guide to living room design and decorating that covers colors, flooring, windows, furniture, accents and those weird architectural challenges built into each home.

Along the way we’ll give you Designer Tips, low budget and no budget ideas, and hit on things like decorating small spaces or working around the challenges in your living room.

A Living Room Color Scheme…Flexible, Fun, First Building Block

Whether it’s neutral, nautical, or outrageous…your living room color scheme is the first building block to creating a great space.

Choose wisely, but choose a color scheme that makes you happy. Capture the mood you want for your living room. Make sure your color scheme allows you to remain flexible in selecting furniture, lighting and accents.

Have fun with your living room color scheme and make it your own!

Contemporary Leather Chairs Are The Style of the Day

Want a chair with great shape, sophistication and comfort?

Contemporary leather chairs are in your future.

The definition of comtemporary is “of today” or “right now”, as it pertains to furniture.

These awesome chairs are simply a product of what’s “in” right now.

Comfort is in right now…

Subtle sophistication is in right now…

Neutral colors are in right now…

Contemporary leather chairs are no more than an expression of today’s mood and today’s attitude.

Contemporary leather chairs


There is just something about leather. The texture, the look, the durability, and the ease of care make leather furniture a great buy and a great design choice.

Some Leather Facts

  1. Leather furniture tends to improve with age. If taken care of, it will not look worn out over time.
  2. Some sources say leather furniture is four times as durable as fabric upholstered furniture
  3. There are three types of leather furniture commonly sold: aniline (softest, most expensive and requires most care), semi-aniline (small amount of coating), and fully pigmented (full coating, not as luxurious but easiest to care for).
  4. Leather/vinyl combination furniture is common, but the vinyl tends to wear faster than the leather. The areas where the body doesn’t make contact(sides/back) are made of vinyl in this type of furniture.
  5. About half the upholstered furniture sold today is made of leather.

Quick Leather Care Tips

  • Dust your furniture regularly
  • Use a leather conditioner every 6-12 months
  • Spills will come off coated leathers easily with a damp rag
  • Follow the care instructions from the manufacturer

Ready to Have Your Cake AND Eat it Too? It’s Time for an Affordable Area Rug!

It used to be that an affordable area rug meant a cheap area rug. You had to sacrifice quality to buy one that you could afford.

We’re so glad that isn’t the case anymore! More and more stores these days arebringing in rugs that strike a great balance between price and quality, and that can only mean good things for you, the consumer.



Rug Selection

There are two big factors that determine the price of an area rug. The first ismaterials. Wool rugs tend to be pricier, but also higher in quality. Synthetic rugs are a more cost effective option and a better balance between price and quality.

The second factor is how the rug is made. Hand-hooked, or hand-knotted rugs are the most expensive due to the extensive labor involved in creating them. A more affordable option is to go with a machine-made rug.

As far as style, color and shape go, you won’t have any problem finding the right rug to meet your needs. Take a look at this great video that will help you identify man-made vs machine-made rugs.

Decorating With Affordable Area Rugs

Let’s get started with comparing the different styles and giving you some ideas on how to decorate with them.

First up is contemporary/modern. We’ve chosen a Woolrich Rug in Red Squares from Target. This is a great way to combine earthy tones with the sleek geometric shapes often found in comtemporary or modern design. Ifyou like shapes and clean lines but you’re not a black and white person, think about this one as a compromise.

Now this is what you probably think of when the subject of an affordable area rug comes up. A traditionally styled Persian rug, like the Persian Pile Rug in Red and Camel, also from Target. Classic area rug colors and styling. We can see this one in your traditionally styled living room right now.

Here’s an example of a rustic or southwestern styled rug. This one is a perfect mix of traditonal southwestern colors and patterns. The variety of different colors in this rug give you so many more options. Blue, red, tan or brown furniture? No problem. Neutral walls? Great.

From the desert southwest to the heart of America with this country-themed rug. A classic floral for a classic design style. When we go to Jen’s Dad’s house in Tennessee we’re reminded of this popular style. It’s bright, airy and takes us back to a simpler time. No wonder country-themed decor has become so popular in recent years.

Feeling casual? Cool. The Border Tufted Rug in Tan and Black is uncomplicated and will fit your casual style to a tee. We actually have this rug in our kitchen and runners in our downstairs hallways. It’s sophisticated, but simple and it looks fantastic.

It’s Time To Decorate!

Let’s sum it up:

  • Affordable Area Rugs help you anchor your living room and bring your design together
  • Many shapes and sizes are available
  • Two characteristics of affordable area rugs are machine made and synethetic materials vs. hand-hooked and wool
  • Mass merchandisers and online stores carry a great selection at great prices

Space Chase Getting You Down? Read Our Tips On How To Design A Small Living Room

Finding it hard to design a small living room?

Too much stuff, too little space?

Can’t find the right spot for something…anything?

Are you here for practical solutions you can start

Read on. It’s time to make it easier on you.

We choose our homes based on what we can afford and appeals to us. Sometimes we have plenty of space to create the look we’ve always wanted. Sometimes, space is a bit lacking and we have to do our best.

How To Design A Small Living Room

We want to give you some tips on how to do your best when trying to design a small living room. We’ve had large and small living rooms and we hope the challenges we’ve overcome with help you in your quest to design your most popular space.

Lessons From Our Past…

The greatest lesson we ever learned about how to design a small living roomwas “less is more.”

You can’t cram every piece of furniture you have into a small space. It just doesn’t work. It actually makes your room look even smaller. We tried this once in an apartment. We bought a sofa,loveseat and coffee table combo. Looked great in the store, but once we got home, we discovered that it just took up too much room.

Instead of a sofa and loveseat, we should have tried just a sofa and chair or maybe the loveseat and a chair. That way thecoffee table would have worked and maybe left some room for an end table.

We have pages on this site devoted to extolling the virtues of entertainment centers, so it might sound a little odd for us speak negatively about them…but we’re going to.

Entertainment centers, in our opinion, are not for small living rooms. They take up space and tend to dominate the room. In fact, in many small living rooms, you just don’t have enough wall space to properly fit one.

We opted for an armoire when deciding on a piece of furniture to hold our TV and all our home media. It’s elegant, it blends in with our decor easier, and it makes the room feel bigger because of its vertical shape.

Fitting items with a space is one thing, but another way to design a small living roominvolves fooling the eye into thinking there’s more space than there really is.

Other Ways To Make Your Living Room Look Bigger…

I know we just got through saying, “Don’t use too much furniture when you’re trying to design a small living room,” so don’t get confused by this next point.

Big furniture makes a room look bigger. Shabby Chic(R) chairs are a great example of this concept. They’re often oversized and very cushy. To make your living room look bigger, pair an oversized couch with an oversized chair. When our eyes see this they expect, “big furniture, big room.” We see what we want to see, so the room looks bigger.

Having said that, a Shabby Chic(R) oversized couch and loveseat in the same small living room….probably not a good idea. You’ve got to have room to walk, after all.

More Great Tips…

How about a few more great tips to help you design a small living room?

  • Use themes. Stay true to the decorating style of your choice. When everything looks like it belongs together, this tends to open up your space.
    Don’t use too many small items. This creates a cluttered look. Mix larger pieces, to serve as focal points, with smaller items.
  • Mirrors are great for reflecting space and light. This works especially well with lighter colored walls.
  • Accessorize. Capitalize on the small space with small area rugs and items that are personal. The smaller room with more personal items is a great fit.
  • Use wall space. Think outside the box a bit. You can hang more than just framed art and sconces. What about shelves and blankets? Be careful to complement your furniture. Heavily patterned furniture should be matched with more neutral wall colors.

Finally, use the living room. You’ve got to spend time in your room in order to get a feel for what works best. Your living room is your most popular space, after all. Embrace the size and coziness. Keep in mind, people tend to socialize better in small spaces.

What better reason to throw a party!!!

It’s been fun and I hope we’ve provided you with some great ideas on how to design a small living room. Are you up to the challenge?

Great Living Room Furniture Placement Makes Your Space Flow

When you have great living room furniture placement, everything flows better.

How you arrange your sofa, chairs, tables and lighting means everything to the dream you’re trying to turn into reality.

Great Living Room Furniture Placement Makes Your Space Flow

Choosing your focal point and building around it, making sure traffic flows easily, and maximizing your available space are vital aspects of living room furniture placement.

To get us started, check out this informative video from Ann Myrick…

Start From the Beginning and Create Your Dream Living Room
Picture this…you pick up one book, start at the beginning, and by the end you know everything you need to know to make your dream become reality.

Sound too good to be true?

Luckily, it isn’t! We created The Stylish Living Room to be that one book.

Imagine developing your own unique style, learning about all aspects of living room decor, getting help with those special challenges, and putting tips from a professional interior designer to work for you.

That’s exactly what you’ll get when we welcome you to The Stylish Living Room.

Focal Points and Building Around Them

Every living room has that one special something; a fireplace, a piece of furniture (maybe a sofa, armoire, or entertainment center) or some other type of architectural element that creates a fantastic focal point. Identify this point and half the battle of living room furniture placement has been won!

In our home and in my sister-in-law’s home, the fireplace is the focal point. Everything we do with furniture is designed to feed into this focal point. No chair shall face away from it, nothing too tall shall block its view from anywhere else in the room, and no table should be so accessorized to pull attention away from it.

This is true whether the focal point is a fireplace or an entertainment stand. Make it the focus and let nothing else be the primary attention getter.

Traffic Flow – Beep, Beep!!!

We’ve been on the wrong end of this one before. Living room furniture placement is so much easier when you can get into and out of the room, or sitting area, easily.

In an old apartment of ours, we bought a bit too much furniture for the living room. This room was just not big enough for a sofa, loveseat, coffee table, TV and TV stand. But we crammed it all in there and you know what the problem was?

Only one way in and one way out!

Making things worse, a computer table and office chair was just off the seating area so you ran into those as soon as you got out. There was just too much going on.

The first key point on traffic flow is make sure there’s not too many pieces in your living room. Open air is good air and, when possible, there should be more than one way in and out of your main sitting area.

The second point is to build passageways in front of and behind furniture. In an open floor plan, a sofa table behind the sofa is a great natural barrier, to say “Living room stops here, kitchen starts here.” Not to mention to accent possibilities.

I think my sister-in-law does a tremendous job using her sofa table to transition from living room to kitchen effectively and with a lamp, pictures of the kids, and decorative small urns, she does a great job accessorizing it too.

Third point in traffic flow is entryways are your friend. Don’t block off natural entries to your living room. Don’t make your guests detour around them, either. Our sofa fits perfectly between our outer wall and the end of a the wood railing behind it (separates living room from eat-in-kitchen). A few inches more and we’d be cutting off the only way into the room.

My sister-in-law has a breezeway from the foyer into the open living room/kitchen. She leaves this area open for a few feet into the living room and places the sofa parallel to the opening, making it more inviting.

Here’s one more key to living room furniture placement…

The Space Chase!

Maximizing available space is one more big part of living room furniture placement. Back to our over-cluttered apartment. There was nowhere to put our extra furniture so we were stuck with our full-to-the-brim living room.

In our next apartment, the living room was a bit larger and everything fit perfectly. All’s well that ends well. You’re probably not going to sell your house because you have too much living room set, though.

Moral of the story, plan furniture purchases to the room you’re in. It’s easy to add on pieces later, than to pull something off and stick it in another room, or in storage because it doesn’t fit.

Also, if you have children or you often work in the living room, think about nesting tables, storage ottomans, and end tables with built-in drawers. These items allow you to do what you need to do in your space, then put things out of sight when you need to.

When you’re looking at houses, think about things like bay windows or nooks. My sister-in -law has a wonderful nook at the back of her living room that fits an accent chair and end table perfectly. By using the architectural features of the room, there’s more space to work with.

It Doesn’t Have to Be a Struggle

Living room furniture placement gives people fits sometimes. I know it was always an ordeal when I was growing up. My parents had a very long living room with no real focal points so they could put the sofa on 3 different walls if they wanted to. My folks came up with some pretty interesting arrangements over the years, but it seems the TV was never close enough to something in that room.

Placing your furniture doesn’t have to be a struggle. Take each point we’ve spelled out above, use it and build on it. There are resources to help you besides what you find here. One of them comes from our friends at Unique Home Decor Ideas.

Perhaps you’re interested in feng shui. Rather than cover that here, we’ve found a really great resource that can help you bring more balance to your home…26 Feng Shui Secrets Revealed Maybe, in addition to placing your furniture effectively, you’d like to make a small room look bigger. Perhaps you’d like some more basics on living room furniture arrangement.

No matter what you want to do with your living room furniture placement, we’ve given you the tools to get it done.

Get started and have fun with it!!

Great Living Room Paint Colors Are a Must!

Living room paint colors could not be more important!

Great Living Room Paint Colors Are a Must!

Important for creating mood, important for lighting, and important for defining your personal style.

Does your personal style keep up with trends? Were many of your rooms white or neutral just a few years back? Are you looking for bolder colors today, like bright yellow, deep red or blue?

Dig into those magazines and get out there on the web to find those trends, if that’s your direction. Take a look at recent issues of House Beautiful and check out paint company websites, like Sherwin-Williams or Benjamin Moore. We bet you’ll see something that will pique your interest and get your wheels turning.

Color My Mood

Trends aside, let’s get some of the basics down. This will help you match a color to what you’re feeling inside.

Color stimulates our senses and even changes our moods. Outgoing people feel happy with bold living room paint colors, while more shy people prefer the more passive, or subdued colors. By using a specific color combination in a color scheme, you can create a living room that is welcoming and comfortable.

Try not to use more than two main colors in a room, a main color and a trim color, or one color for three walls and another for an accent wall. One of the best ways to choose living room paint colors that work together is to use a color palette available from your local paint store. Here’s a general rule…the walls define the space of a room while colors define the mood you would like to present.

Colors could be put into three main groups:

  • Colors that can provide harmony and balance
  • Colors that can uplift
  • Colors that can relax

For instance, light blue is tranquil, purple stands for power or royalty, while green is for nature. By the same token grays and blacks are subdued colors while yellow brings out happiness. Do we even need to say that red is the color of romance?

Matching Colors and Themes

Once you decide on a decorating style, or even a theme, for your living room, you can try to match the living room paint colors to fit that style. For some info on how to do that try this page on living room wall colors.

Depending on what you’re spending to redecorate your living room, you’ll have to make some choices. If you’re going to bring in new furniture, you can afford to choose the colors you want, then match the furniture to those colors. If your budget is limited then you may need to make sure the colors you choose are a good fit with your existing furniture.

Either way, start with your room’s focal point and build outwards. Either use complementary colors or make the focal point stand out with something light around it.

Classic Colors That Still Do the Trick

The most popular color today is still white or off-white because it makes the room look very large and also makes small pieces, like lamps and tables, look bigger. White also adds light to your living room while helping to keep it cooler in the summer months. However, too many rooms with white walls tend to make your home look sterile or generic, not to mention the time you’ll have keeping your walls clean.

A great idea would be to add hints of color to complement your white walls. How about a tan for your trim or a light green or bright blue? Maybe a tan or taupe accent wall.

If you’re looking for warmth and trying to keep things conservative, perhaps for resale value down the road, there’s nothing like earth tones to accomplish just that. Earth tones blend in nicely with just about everything. We’re talking tans, browns, oranges, darker reds, bronze, mustard yellows and golds.

How To Keep Your Hardwood Floors clean?

How to keep hardwood floors clean? pet hair? dust? We have two dogs that seem to shed constantly and our house is older and just seems to breed dust. I always seem to be cleaning but the next day it all looks the same. Aside from shaving my dogs or getting rid of them, neither of which I will consider as an option, does anyone have any suggestions on how to 1) keep my floors clear of pet hair, or an easier way to pick it up at least, and 2) reduce the dust in my house? We do use special furnace filters that are supposed to reduce dust in our house but I’ve noticed little improvement?

How to Maintain Your Hardwood Floors

Most wood floors can be kept clean by first sweeping or vacuuming with a floor nozzle to remove most of the surface dust and dirt, then damp mopping with clear water (dip a sponge in clear water, squeezing it out so that the mop is barely damp, almost dry). Use very little water and rinse your mop thoroughly after each use since excess water can dissolve protective coatings, alter the color of the wood and raise the grain to roughen the surface.

If your floors are not dirty enough to need mopping every week, then you should not do it, as it will wear the floors faster, not to mention waste your time. Simply sweeping is often all they need.

If need to restore the shine to your wood floor after you get it clean, try damp mopping it with 1/2 cup vinegar and 2 tablespoons furniture polish in a gallon of warm water. Vinegar is also useful for removing any soap residue or build-up, but should not be necessary every week…

Hardwood floors are luxurious features to have in a home, and are a highly desired feature when purchasing a new home. There are many reasons for this. First of all, they do not attract the mold and allergens that a carpet often does so it is better for those with allergies. However, with this beautiful flooring choice, you may find that is it not as easy to maintain as a carpeted floor and requires a lot of restrictions to prevent it from getting scratched up. Hardwood floors are great for your home, so it is worth the extra effort.

How to Maintain Your Hardwood Floor

With a hardwood floor, you can sweep up the floor to get rid of the dust and debris on your hardwood. This can be a tedious process that is not easy on your joints and back. You do have the option to vacuum your hardwood floor, but you need to be careful to choose the right option for this. You will want to pick a vacuum cleaner that is specifically made for hardwood floors. Otherwise you will run the risk of scratching and scuffing the surface of the hardwood floor. There are many other things that you need to do to maintain your hardwood floor.


If you are looking for a vacuum for your hardwood floor, one particularly good choice is the Hoover linx cordless stick vacuum cleaner bh50010. This is a vacuum that is made specifically for your delicate hardwood floor. Here are some features that you can find with this vacuum:

  • This vacuum has non-marking rubber wheels that are safe for sliding along your hardwood floor without scratching its surface.
  • It is a very lightweight and compact option that is easy to move around your house and even easier to store.
    The controls are quite literally at your fingertips, making using this product extremely easy.
  • It is a bagless option that means you have a dust cup that you can easily dump without its contents spilling all over the place.
  • The vacuum’s brush is made with soft bristles, making it extra delicate on your floor.
  • It has very powerful suction that is capable of picking up even the most stubborn of dust, debris and pet hair.

Another vacuum option to consider is the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-away Upright Vacuum Cleaner is a good choice if you have both hardwood flooring and carpeting. Here are some other features you can find with this vacuum:

  • This has a 12 amp power that can really get everything off of your flooring.
  • It has the controls right at your fingertips which add to the convenience of using this product.
  • It has different utensils to help this become a versatile cleaning machine: a dusting brush, a crevice tool, and an upholstery nozzle.
  • The hose and extension wand allows you to clean items like ceiling fans and curtains.
  • It has a blower port, which is used by detaching the hose from the main part of the vacuum cleaner and attaching it to the blower port.
  • It is a lightweight option that you can maneuver with easy where you need to.


If you do not want to vacuum your floor, you can also sweep it up with a soft bristled brush to help protect your flooring. It can also help to make sure that the dustpan has a rubberized ending on it so that you do not scratch up the floor’s surface. You can also consider the option of dust mopping your floor. Either way, sweeping or vacuuming is the first step to cleaning your floor. This process should be at least done on a daily basis to help make upkeep easier on you. This is also a great idea because dirt and debris that is not picked up regularly can damage your flooring.

After you have cleaned all of the substances off of your floor, you can now begin to make your hardwood floor shine. A cleaner that was made specifically for your hardwood floor is really the best option, otherwise you may get a chemical that is too harsh for your floor and may cause damage. You should also be careful not to use a cleaner that contains wax or oil, as this can make your hardwood floor greasy.

A greasy hardwood floor is difficult to maintain, clean and will be next to impossible to refinish the floor without sanding your floor with a deep sanding pad. You should also avoid cleaners with ammonia in it, bleach, and any other acidic cleaner. This will likely eat through your floor’s finish. When cleaning your hardwood floor, you should never pour the cleaner directly on the floor’s surface. It should always be diluted according to the package’s instructions. You should read the label of the bottle to make sure that it is safe for hardwood floors.

If you use a mop, avoid string types of mops that hold an excessive amount of moisture. These will leave too much moisture on the ground when mopping and is not as effective as other options. These types of mops are guilty of just pushing around dirty water instead of picking up the dirty. A mop that has a microfiber pad is an excellent option, as is a traditional sponge mop if you are careful.

There are also hardwood floor cleaning machines, similar to carpet cleaners, which are made specifically for cleaning hardwood floors. They use the right amount of liquid and chemicals that give a great clean and even dry up your floor after you are done. This can help ensure that no moisture is left after cleaning that will damage your floor.


All spills should absolutely be cleaned up right away. By letting them sit, some items can eat through the floor’s finish while others will warp your wooden floor boards. Some spills will just simply stain the hardwood surface. No matter what, you do not want to chance it. The minute something spills, pick it up.

Use a cloth that is softer and non-abrasive and make sure that the mess is cleaned up and dried completely. Even the littlest amount left over can damage your flooring. This is a task that does require some care.

Mats and Area Rugs

Placing mats right by doors for people to wipe their feet on is a great idea to help protect your hardwood floors. Placing area rugs and runners in high traffic areas will also provide useful protection for the flooring. You will also want to put flooring mats or smaller carpets in front of your kitchen sink and any other food preparation and eating area where hardwood floors are located. This will help protect the flooring from spills while cooking and prepping. This protection will also assist in protecting your flooring from dropped utensils, glasses, and plates that may damage the floor upon breaking.

When choosing a carpet or mats, make sure you get one with a backing that is no abrasive and will not scratch up your floor’s surface. For things like runners or larger space rugs, you will want to place an adhesive strip underneath to make sure that they stay still. This can be a safety issue, especially with kids running around or just in high traffic areas. You can easily trip on unsecured carpets, so you will want to make sure that they are stuck down pretty well.

Groom Your Pets

You must make sure that your pets have trimmed nails at all times. While they are running around your house, especially larger dogs, their nails can scratch up your floor’s surface quite easily. This can be done simply at your home using the proper nail trimmers and a file. If you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself, or just not able to, you can bring them to a professional groomer or even your vet clinic if they offer these services. This should be done frequently so that the nails do not get too long.

Skip the Heels

Heels, especially those really spiky pairs, can very easily damage your hardwood floor. If you are going to wear these types of shoes, or any shoes with heel taps on them, you will want to consider taking them on and off before walking on your hardwood floor. Even on regular shoes, you may get rocks stuck in the treads at the bottom. If this happens, these rocks or other hard surfaces can also scratch the surface of your floor.

Felt Pads

You will want to consider the option of placing felt pads at the bottom of furniture. This will help protect your floor if the furniture ends up sliding across your floor or if the furniture is an item that is commonly moved around in your home. These pads do an excellent job of protecting your floor’s surface. There are pads that are especially made for furniture, and are very easy to stick onto the furniture. Make sure that every corner of the legs are properly covered, otherwise this is not as effective. Avoid gimmicky items like discs that go under your furniture to help you move it easier. These were really meant for carpeted coloring and may end up doing more damage than good.

Avoid Sunlight or Intense Light Sources

You may not know this, but direct sunlight can do some damage to your hardwood floor. Direct sunlight can change the color of your hardwood flooring. If you have lighter flooring, you will notice this more than if you have darker flooring.

You can avoid this by moving furniture around the room occasionally in order to avoid the same spots from being hit with that direct sunlight every time. You can also utilize black out curtains for windows, or even ones that block out some of the light. Every little bit helps.

When purchasing lights for your rooms with hardwood flooring, pick lights that are not as strong if you can help it even if that means purchasing a few different lights. LED lights are also great options because they do not give as much heat off as incandescent lights.


Your home should always be maintained at a certain level of humidity, at levels around 40% and 50%. This is because this is the optimal level of humidity for your own health. This is also the perfect level of humidity to help protect your hardwood flooring and any wooden furniture that you have in your home. The humidity is the amount of moisture in the air. If you have too much moisture in the air, this will affect your wooden furniture and hardwood floor by causing it to warp. You can use equipment to tell the moisture level in the air, and if it is too high, you should consider a de-humidifier to help control the moisture.

Moving Furniture

You should take great care when moving furniture on a hardwood floor. You should get help to pick up the furniture, rather than drag it along the floor. You can also get an upside down mat on the floor underneath the furniture if you cannot get help so that you can safely slide the furniture along the floor without scratching up the surface of your floor. The same goes with appliances. If you cannot get help to lift the appliances, you should consider a plywood board to slide the appliances along or getting an appliance lift.


Hardwood floors are beautiful but they are extremely delicate. They can be scratched up easily, so you will want to take every precaution to avoid this. This can be a costly mistake, as well as a very time consuming one. If you scratch up your floor, you will likely have to go through steps to refinish the floor. This includes sanding and refinishing. After a floor is refinished, you can generally not walk on for a while after the refinishing. This is a process that can be avoided if you take care of your flooring on a regular basis and take note of these tips.

Tips To Take Care Of Hardwood Flooring

You offer your house with Hardwood Flooring? Actually, it is not completely easy to keep it maintenance and as the original performance. However, if you have good aware of how to clean and save it in the profound way, it is not trouble. You could follow my tips today to have good aspect of how to keep your solid wooden Flooring.

Take care of hardwood floors

Vacuum the floor every week

Your hardwood flooring contains much dirt and dust that you are able to realize. The grit in dust is gathered from day to day and becoming as a trouble if the amount is bigger and bigger. There are many kinds of vacuum cleaners on the market for you to easily select at various prices, types, color and functions. From them, you are totally able to choose the best vacuum for your floor. You need to remember that a good vacuum cleaner must protect the finish as well as keep its appearance. You can move the rotating brushes and beater bar can to clean anywhere in your home. Also, to avoid scratching the finish, you should use the cleaner with smooth brushes and the motor has enough power to vacuum.

Have regular care through sweeping and dust mop also:

Sweep could be seen as the second choice after Vacuum cleaner. Dry sweep will help you wipe up most dirt and dust on the hardwood floor. It is possible to use broom to sweep dust and grit effectively. Also, a good dust mop should be regular used and kept in clean.

Prepare for protections

– It is clear that dirt and grit and sand are your hardwood floor’s dangerous enemies. They will cause scratches, dulling and dents because they act as sandpaper on the surface of wood floor. Therefore, you could put a floor mats right at entrances to trap dirt and prevent damage at the first step. When they clean their shoes on the mats, most of dirt and dust will be kept and hence, protect the floor.

– Water and other spills are one of main sectors for hardwood flooring to damage your hardwood floor. Standing water surely warps poorly finished flooring and destroys it. So, you should wipe up all spills as they appear.

– When you lift the furniture to move it, be careful because it is very easy to drag the wood floor. To prevent scratches when move them, you should felt contacts under the legs of furniture.

– One more issue appears when regarding the protection of hardwood flooring is Sunshine. It is because sun can discolor your hardwood floor. Close curtains and blinds to protect the floor from the sun’s intensive UV rays.

Keep in minds these notices to protect your wooden floorings

– Improve your floor’s finish with the hairspray and furniture polish. Using a damp cloth to wipe them up and make more cleanups, also, spraying with window cleaner not containing ammonia.

– What’s more? Always be aware of the weather especially in rainy or snowy days. You should keep out of rain or snow because water is the sector ruining the finish on a hardwood floor in the fastest way. Moreover, it even penetrates deep into the wood and damages it gradually. In these days, take care of the window to close it when necessary. Also, place floor mats entrances to dry shoes and foot before going on the flooring. Plus, for any water you see, please wipe up immediately.

– It is necessary to hold the rules about using waxes to renew the flooring. When you use was on a surface finish as varnish, polyurethane or shellac, it is not a good idea. It is because wax is used to rejuvenate a wax finish. However, it only makes the floor much slipper and not interferes with subsequent finish. For each kind of surface, like polyurethane finish, you should use a polish made for polyurethane. Or please test carefully before restoring your hardwood floor to have an effective result.

– Doormat should be used for your house: to keep your floor always clean, you should equip your home with doormats inside and outside as well. They are used to contain water, dirt and even dust from foot, shoes when people come back home. The doormat has particular size that is suitable for your entrances so don’t worry when buying it.

– You must know that when walking across around just an area so many times a day, you will wear down a hardwood floor’s finish. Therefore, as the advice of Home improvement magazine, rugs with nice style is the most efficient way to reduce the wear. Therefore, for some places or the whole the floor, you could find a rug model.

Solid hardwood floors are among the easiest to keep clean. Protect their warmth and character with simple, everyday cleaning techniques. It’s important to know how to prevent damage to your solid hardwood floors.


Dirt, grit and sand are your hardwood floors worst enemies. They act like sandpaper on the finish, causing scratches, dents and dulling. Place floor mats at entrances to trap dirt and prevent damage.


Standing water can warp a poorly finished hardwood floor and can damage the finish. Simply wipe up all spills as they happen.


Avoid oil soaps. They can build up and create problems when it’s time to put a maintenance coat on the floor. Instead, neutral pH cleaners made specifically for wood floors are recommended.


Lift the furniture to move it — avoid dragging. Felt contacts under the legs will help prevent scratches.


Vacuum with a brush attachment — don’t use vacuums with beater bars.


Direct sun can discolor your hardwood floor. Close curtains and blinds or add sheer drapes to protect from the sun’s intense UV rays.


Brooms with fine, exploded ends trap dust and grit effectively.


Canister vacuums with special bare floor attachments are the surest way to get rid of all the dirt and dust.


Use a good dust mop — one with a 12- to 18- inch cotton head —- and a special dust mop treatment. Spray the treatment onto the mop head 12 to 24 hours before dust mopping.

There are many tips how to protect your hardwood floor for you to make conference. Wooden flooring is recommended as the latest trend for any home decoration for its beauty and convenience. And more importantly, that must be the way to protect it. Not difficult but requires a regular care. Don’t wait for any minutes and have the solution to take care of your flooring in hope of keeping its good-looking performance.