How To Create Your Dream Living Room

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Hey guys, it’s been awhile on the blog. 4 months since we’ve moved to our first home and I’ve been busy adjusting and having fun with the new additional in our family (which I sinfully plastered all over on my Instagram). I was recently inspired by Arhaus to share a post on my dream living room… 

This post might read like a step by step guide but it’s more like the process of going from that dream living room in your head to making it a reality (which can be overwhelming!). However, it’s really satisfying when you’ve finally pulled it together. 

how-to-create-your-dream-living-room-kate-dwell-in-styleInspiration

Everyone has some ideas of their dream (living) room. The easiest way to get started; start creating Pinterest boards. You might end up with a dozen boards for one living room and that’s okay. When you think you have enough pins (and don’t be surprised if you have 10 pins on the same type of sofa). Look through all of them, keep 1 pin on each feature that you have repeatedly pinned; such as that gorgeous Hunter Green wall. Organize the images in a way that you can see them all at one glance (like above). Put a few words to illustrate each point because you CAN actually forget why you pinned that image in the first place (like I’ve said it can get overwhelming).

The big question; how do you decide what you wish and what you want? Luckily, it’s not something to decide during the inspiration stage. Keep browsing and pinning because this is where you’re supposed to just enjoying putting together a picture of your dream room.

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Room Style

A lot of people actually are confused about their style. It might be because you don’t fit into one style (such as home shared by a couple or a family) or you are just an Eclectic person. Some styles complement each other. Traditional mix Modern style might suit the lifestyle of a young family living in a condo. How about a different style for each room? Well, be careful when mixing in more then 3 styles throughout your home. And always carry a hint of that same style in each room.

Love Scandinavian style? Sprinkle pops of pastel colors or light wood accessories in each room to tie them together so that it doesn’t look like you have a bunch of different showrooms in your house. Love Minimalist style but isn’t exactly a tidy person? Invest in built-in closed storage to hide all that away. Haven’t a clue about your true style? P.S. Look into your closet.

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Function 

Living room usually needs to be multi-functional. For open-concept space, think about how your family usually transits from the kitchen, dining to living area to better plan for a functional living room. Ideally, you want your family to utilize every part of the house. Do consider a sectional sofa if you have a big family or if you often entertains at home (hint: even for small space, a statement sofa is better than a bunch of chairs).

One thing I’ve learned from my own experience is most people prefer some in between space next to another person on the sofa. A 2 seater fails miserably at this, usually I see one person taking up the entire 2 seater. Obviously, I love snuggling next to my husband on movie nights but an actual sized sofa or sectional is much more functional on other occasions. I also love to straighten my legs on the couch sometimes (as if I’m sitting on my bed) so if you’re like me, get yourself a sectional (this one here is gorgeous!). Arhaus has some pretty ones that can work with a ton of styles too (including Eclectic!).

12 Types Of Stylish Sofa You Will Love // 12 Trendy Color Sofa You Might Love

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1. Colorfield Light Grey, Dark Grey Print // 2. Indigo Linear Square Pillow // 3. Coastal Diamond Ecru Square Pillow // 4. Batik Ikat Blue Rectangular Pillow // 5. Cowhide Rectangular Pillow With Grey Stitch // 6. Cable Weave Blue Wool Throw // 7. Sorbonne Floor Lamp (Brass) | 8. Vortice Chandelier Large* // 9. Parkham Smoke Table Lamp // 10. Warwick 109″ Tufted Upholstered Sofa // 11. Finial Bedside Table With White Shelves And Brass Base // 12. Casey Task Table Lamp // 13. Naomi 16″ Round End Table In Brass // 14. Rowen 60″ Rectangular Coffee Table In Brass // 15. Boho Black Sabra Square Pillow // 16. Hayden 38″ Upholstered Brass Satin Chair (Vance Cloud) // 17. Sheepskin Small Wool Throw In Linen // 18. Zaine 21″ Upholstered Polished Brass Ottoman (Vance Jade) // 19. Hay Kaleido Tray Black* // 20. Catarina Side Crystal Decanter // 21. Elsa Cuivre Candle // 22. Andres Leather Tray // 23. Auden Brass Wall Sconce // 24. Flying Flamingo Art* // 25. Picture Frame* // 26. Ribbon Blue Double Old-Fashioned Glasses (Set Of 4) // 27. Adelaide 65″ Media Console // 28. Ribbon Pitcher // 29. Lines Small Tray In Brass // 30. Small Bronze Urn 

Mood Board

Here I’ve put together a mood board for my dream living room in Modern Glam style. It’s Hollywood Regency but w’re giving it an update by adding Modern and less ornate furniture. The result is less dramatic and less busy/overwhelming; if you want a room to feel glamorous but yet refreshing, look no further at this style. Modern Glam feels feminine because of the use of velvet, brass, mirror to convey luxe. Balance it with more masculine elements; wood/earthy items (plant works too!), leather, colors such as black or navy. I am a firm believer of every room needs a bit of black to ground it.

Symmetry furniture placement gives a sense of formality and harmony. I envisioned a lacquered green wall (you can do it on one accent wall). If you are afraid to paint a deep bold color, try lighter blue-green (all four walls) or consider wallpapers that has blue-green in them. For more blue-green shades, see here. A solid rug calms a room (this one used here has a sheen to it!). Bring in richness by layering fabric, velvet, cowhide, leather. Patterned and colorful accessories (such as throw cushions) might work better when paired with simpler arts and rug. Because you do not want them to compete with each other. Revisit/edit your Pinterest board when you need to, it’s better to start from scratch at this stage than in the middle of a renovation.

How To Start Planning For Your Home // How To Create A Mood Board

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Budget

My current home isn’t my dream home, well..it IS my dream home but because it’s our first purchased home we’ll probably move after 5 years, we did not go the “renovate and decorate it our dream home route”. My husband’s dream home is way more Contemporary styled than our current Modern home and we both would love to live in a loft with double height ceiling! Knowing how you want your space to function helps a lot and sometimes can only be achieved by living in the place first which is why it’s never too late to revamp your home. Love those drop dead gorgeous shelfies? A slow but gradual process of buying, collecting and curating what you want to display and accessorize is the way to go. There’s always something out there for every budget. Don’t give up! A dream home can take years and perhaps many years to realize but you gotta stay passionate about the idea of one day lounging on your couch watching sunrise with a cup of coffee/tea in hand. 

Thanks to Arhaus for the inspiration of this post and giving me the perfect reason to write after a hiatus because #lifehappens. No not baby, the new additional to my family is an adorable kitten that came to us when he was only 5 weeks old, can you imagine that little furball started losing chunks of fur due to mites? Well, that’s a story for another post. :) P.S. He’s fine now!

Image Source: Pinterest // Room Style Amber Interiors // Function Arhaus January 2017 Catalog // Budget Caitlin McCarthy Design

All words by me and images from credited links. This post is a collaboration with Arhaus. All items are from Arhaus except marked (*) and are subject to availability by Arhaus and respective seller(s). 

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