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The living room is most certainly the core of any home. It’s the area in our home where we spend most our down time. We gather in our living room with other family members, guests, or simply by ourselves to bond, entertain or simply relax on our own after a long day.

The living room is a space which should, therefore, portray our personality and meet all our needs. It should be both practical and aesthetically pleasing.

Here at Think Contemporary Interior Design Studio, we have created a short guide on how to convert your living room into the room of your dreams, into a modern interior design space for you to enjoy. Continue reading as we dive into more detailed expert tips and planning hacks.

1. Style

Having a certain style in mind is the first step in the design process. Make sure you know whether you are opting for more traditional or modern vibes in your living room. Knowing your style helps a lot when choosing furniture and decorations.

If you prefer a more modern look, go for sleek furniture with simple lines and contemporary materials. Mix and match various materials and patterns. Neutral colour palettes like hues of navy, different shades of grey, or beige, white and black are great colours to consider when designing you space in a more modern way.

On the other hand, if you are more into traditional looks, try finding pieces of furniture that are classics, and will stand the test of time. Furniture rich in wood and antique pieces are a great way to give your living room that luxurious vibe. To create more interest and depth, don’t be afraid to mix and match textures, patterns and materials.


2. Budget

Setting a budget for your project is crucial to any renovation processes. The living room is no exception. By getting to know your budget, you will get a more clear idea on how much you can spend on materials, furniture, lighting fixtures, decorative items, etc.

Knowing the prices on the market will help you decipher the incoming costs. If you decide to hire a professional, like a interior designer, they will give you a more exact figure upfront, so you know what to expect and can be prepared.


3. Layout

The living room layout should be practical, comfortable and inviting. Creating a practical and functional layout of a room can, however, be overwhelming. To make sure that everything goes as smooth and as stress-free as possible, seek help from professionals. Our expert team at Think Contemporary will provide you with all the necessary support on the subject.


4. Visual References

No matter if you are designing your living room as DIY project, or you are working closely with professionals, creating a mood board is a great way to envision your space. It can give you, or your interior designer a clear picture of what to expect of your living room design.

To create a mood board, choose photos of details and colours. You can also present more abstract shapes, patterns or anything alike, to help you get creative or to help you create an atmosphere. You can also choose photos of furniture you will implement in your project or some decorative items.

Having a mood board and a concept design plan is especially helpful when you are working with an interior designer or even builders. It can aid both parties, as they prevent miscommunication. You as a client will have a solid reference of what you expect from the project. We have a variety of interior design packages that can will provide you with a concept design for your living room interior design.


5. Pay Attention to the Finishing

Once you have chosen all your furniture pieces and materials, focus on the finishing touches.

It is these little details that will complete the look of your living room. Some of these finishing touches can be:

  • An interesting wallpaper on an accent wall
  • Throw-pillows, cushions and blankets will embellish the furniture in your space
  • A spectacular rug
  • Books, flowers and other ornaments to decorate your side tables, and/or coffee table

These tiny and not so tiny details will put all the elements of your living room space in a perfect balance. Use these expert tips to help create a living room that is both beautiful and comfortable, and ready for you to spend some quality time there.

If you are looking for expert interior designers in Ireland, look no furter. We would love to chat to you about an upcoming project , please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us here.


Did you know? The perfect time to engage an interior architect & designer is at the start of any project. We provide a full range of design services from concept through to completion.