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If you're like most people, you probably spend a lot of time in your living room visiting with family and entertaining friends. Our real estate agents see the living room as a multi-purpose space for most families, so it's the perfect place for quiet conversations, family gatherings, special parties and events, or just curling up with a good book.

Living room spaces in D.C. homes for sale may vary in size, shape, and amenities, but you can make any living room work for you. Whether you prefer cozy comfort or high-style design, these decorating tips will help you create the perfect living room.

Maximize the Light

If your living room gets a lot of natural light, you're a lucky homeowner. You can enjoy warm sunlight during spring and summer and good natural light during the winter season. If your living room is a dim space with small windows or minimal daylight, you can still maximize the natural light in your room by adding mirrors that will reflect sunlight throughout the room and make the room feel larger. To add a soft, warm glow, use antique mirrors with gold or bronze frames or gold flecks in the glass.

Light Up the Fireplace

A fireplace adds instant warmth and a cozy atmosphere to any room. If there's a fireplace in your living room, make it a relaxing focal point. Arrange comfortable chairs or sofas with cozy throws near the fireplace for chilly winter gatherings. During warm weather, emphasize the fireplace with artwork, scented candles, fresh flowers, potted plants, or colorful accessories. If you don't have a living room fireplace, consider adding a free-standing unit with a glowing fake fire, a media unit, and handy storage space.

Choose a Warm Color Palette

When choosing a color palette, it's essential to consider the amount of natural light in the room. If natural light in your living room is limited, choosing lighter colors is best. Light colors reflect light, while dark colors absorb light. Darker color palettes can be quite stunning in larger rooms with good lighting, but they will make rooms with minimal light feel small, cluttered, and depressing. If you have a small living room with few windows, limit dark colors to small items and accessories.

Play With Patterns and Textures

If you want a cozy, inviting living room, knowing how to mix patterns and textures is a skill you need to master. When working with patterns and textures, the secret is to use different scale patterns and layered textures that compliment each other. You can successfully mix a patterned area rug with patterned chairs, leather or velvet sofas, textured wallpaper, and faux fur throw pillows. Using different patterns and textures creates visual interest and keeps a room from feeling flat and one-dimensional.

Hang a Scenic Mural

To make a bold statement in your living room, think about hanging a scenic landscape mural as a focal point. Scenic murals that tell a story, capture the imagination, and create timeless design appeal are trending in interior design this season. Depending on the size and shape of your room, you can hang a mural on one long wall or wrap it around the room above a chair rail. Most murals are painted in soft, dreamy watercolors with muted hues like terracotta, faded blues, and leafy blue-greens that make a beautiful backdrop for both traditional and contemporary color palettes and design styles.

If you're considering buying or selling a home in the D.C. area, contact us for information on properties and prices in different areas that meet your lifestyle and financial requirements.

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