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When you think of formal living rooms, do you think of the Victorian rooms of old, with the extravagant curtains, gigantic furniture, and ostentatious wall colors? While that is a valid design style that is still practiced today, formal living rooms can go so far beyond that vision. From modern to traditional, from classic to eclectic, there are so many fun ways to create a formal living room that fits your design style and needs. Keep reading for our design tips and tricks for creating your perfect formal living room!
Formal doesn't have to mean "stuffy." This room is a perfect blend of modern and traditional. To combine those styles in your living room, lean into elements of traditional style--the curved swirls in the mirror, side table and chair legs. Then, consider adding modern formal living room furniture pieces like the sofa with its straight, clean cut lines, and the side table with its bold, contemporary shape. However, like this picture, make sure that you do have unifying factors, like the sofa & chair fabric, and the use of metal in the side table and the mirror.
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\This traditional formal living room once again works with a natural color pallette, but it's true class is brought in through the build ins. The shelves to the left hand side are clearly unified in their collection and even though they're full, they don't feel cluttered. If you have built in shelves in your living room, fill them with a collection of items that is uniform in size, color, and arrangement so that it feels neat and tidy. Keeping a neat set like that allows not only the collection to shine, but it will also bring out any neat architectural details of your shelf and any nearby features in the room.
You can create a very elevated room even with an eclectic style, as long as you choose items that work well with one another. In this case, the room is filled with items that appeared to have been collected over time, since nothing is part of a matching set. However, when you assemble your collection, make sure they do have some common elements. The side table, coffee table, and fireplace heare all have a white, marbled look to them, and the furniture and decor has natural browns and golds that make them feel unified. And like this living room, you can have your art on display in a unique way by setting them on the floor. This is simple, unique way to display classy portraits and art is a way to stand out in a world where art is typically hung on the walls.
Boho decor is ideal for larger spaces. To get the look, don't hesitate to pile on the colors and patterns. This room pulls from rich autumnal shades of gold, green, pumpkin, and chocolate. In Boho decor, more is more. They key to success in a large living room is using large-scale furniture like this oversized sofa and bold prints such as the alternating stripes in the rug and throw pillows. Add natural features like the rattan peacock chair and kiln-fired pottery massed with lots of tropical plants. Any door can become a design element when you paint it in bright colors against white walls.
As you can see, there are so many different ways to design your formal space. Changing up your walls, your furniture, and your accents are all great starting points to creating the formal living room of your dreams. At the end of the day though, remember that this room is for YOU. Use colors, furniture, and accents that you enjoy, and your joy will transfer to anyone who comes to visit. Fit it into a design style that suits you and your personality without compromising the tone of the room. The sky's the limit with design, so enjoy the process and the results, and your guests will as well.
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