Designer Tips

3 Things That Will Transform Your Living Room

Not everyone is ready to tackle an entire living room makeover, so we are sharing 3 things that have the potential to totally transform the look of your living room.


#1 The Right Rug

Rugs anchor a room, especially the living room. They are the biggest decorating accessory which means having the right rug will instantly transform your space.


Size it Up

An area rug should be big enough to fit all 4 legs of your largest furniture pieces on it. If that isn’t possible, fitting just the front 2 legs on the rug is another good option. This will help the room feel connected. If you are on the fence about which size rug to purchase, choosing the larger size is almost always the better option. TIP: make an outline using masking tape on the floor to test the size of rug in the room before purchasing.

Material Matters

Choose the right material for the purposes of the room. Wool rugs are usually the easiest to maintain. If you expect the floors to get a little dirty, stay away from silk and viscose because they are more complicated to clean. Do your research and buy a rug that will suit your room and the people in it.

Living Room Rug Layout

Living Room Rug
Source: Sugar and Cloth

Here are a few of our current favorites:




#2 Well-Designer Drapery


Well-designed drapery can drastically change the look of a room. Follow these tips to learn how to frame your windows correctly and take your room to the next level:


Correct Installation

One of the most common mistakes is mounting the rod right above the window. This will make the ceiling feel shorter so try to mount the rod around 2-3 inches below the ceiling or molding. Extend the rod around 4-6 inches wider than the window. This will allow more natural light to enter from the window, make the window appear larger and the ceilings look taller.

Dress to Impress

If possible, use drapery that is lined. Lined curtains will hang better and look higher quality. Also, make sure the panels touch the floor because drapery that is too short will draw attention to it.

Coordinate Next Door

Window treatments don’t have to be the same in every room but they should all coordinate together and flow from room to room. Use colors and patterns that work together to create unity throughout the entire home.

Living Room Drapery
Source: Studio McGee

We love the look of a fresh, white drapery to soften a room.

Living Room Interior Design

These are some of our favorites from Loom Decor. You can customize them for length, header, and lining.


#3 The Perfect Pillows


Never underestimate the power of pillows! Although they are a finishing touch to a room, pillows can take the look of a home to another level. The right pillow combinations will instantly transform a room.


Cohesive Combinations

Choose colors for your pillows that will highlight your existing furniture without taking control of the room. Create a cohesive look with color but make it interesting with pattern play. Use different patterns in various scales to create a pillow combination that is perfect for your room.

Make a Difference

To create an exciting look, use various sizes and shapes of pillows. Creating contrast through fabric is a great trick to create an inviting and unique pillow combination. Experiment and have fun with it.

Living room pillows
  1. Clavel Fashion
  2. Anthropologie (no longer available). Similar here: MgGee & Co
  3. Dekowe
  4. Pop O Color
  5. Z Gallerie

Living room pillows
  1. Dekowe
  2. West Elm (no longer available). Similar Here: Pottery Barn
  3. Serena and Lily
  4. Overstock
  5. Serena and Lily (no longer available). Similar Here: Serena and Lily

​Want extra help transforming your living room? Our professional, online designers would love to help you find the perfect rug, update your drapery or recommend the perfect pillows.

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